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How to remove weatherproofing from concrete?

We had brick planters that were built on each side of our front door when the house was built 40 years ago. One slab of brick from the front of one planter toppled over and we decided to remove both brick plan...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post November 19, 2011
1/4" thick sheetrock

Can I use it on a ceiling?...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post September 23, 2011
ceiling

May you put tongue-groove wood over popcorn ceiling?...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post September 12, 2011
Concrete parking pad

What is the recomended minimum psi concrete for a parking pad 8 ft. wide by 22 ft. long by 6 inch thick? on a reinforced tamped gravel bed. And or what would the optimum or recomended psi be? How long to mist ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post October 5, 2012
Attic Insulation/Ventilation

my home's previous owner built additional livable space by converting the attic and adding some off roof construction. Problem is, it's very hot upstairs in the summer. there's little to no craw...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post August 9, 2011
Question re basement floor renovation

Dear Handy American, I have a small home that is a little over 700 square feet that is in Lima, OH. The basement ceiling is only approximately 6 and a half tall. I would like to have an 8 foot ceil...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post July 20, 2011
bed room creation/ room partition

I recently rented a studio apartment from a friend. It is a guest house type housing. They have always claimed it to be a game room. I was just wondering if it is possible to build a "bedroom" for my on...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post August 4, 2011
recoupment of deposit

hello, i paid $3800 to a contractor for installation of new flooring. i received notice that the contractor passed away, and i need to recoup my deposit so i can hire a new contractor to complete t...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 4, 2011
tile floor removal

to save money how can i remove tile flooring on a slab foundation safely, or find someone other than the contractor to remove it? thank you...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post August 4, 2011
What do I do first?

I need to texture my walls and ceiling and install crown molding. What do I do first?...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post August 4, 2011
Basement steps too narrow and too steep

Who would I call to explore possible alternatives to too narrow and too steep basement steps? I'm not sure what is possible or feasible....

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 1, 2011
Newly installed window has water inside window track

Recently, I had a window contractor install a new tripple pane window at my residence. this window is approx. seven ft. wide by 3 ft. high. the center window is stationary and the two ends are sliders with non ...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post December 11, 2018
Mud over stucco

Looking to smooth a stucco wall. Can it be done by mudding over it? It was an external wall but now the wall is in a four seasons room. I have been told it will not adhere to the wall, but others say...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 21, 2011
load bearing wall

i have a partial wall between my kitchen and family room that has spindels i would like to remove them. how can i tell if it is load bearing or not. ...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post April 2, 2014
Finish 10x10 room in basement

I am looking for a decent price for a 10x10 room in a basement. Frame 4 walls (2x4 studs, 16" O.C.), insulate, hang and finish drywall (ready to prime). ...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post November 13, 2011
drinking on the job

my question, what recourse does a consumer have when they discover the painter they hired to paint their home drinks alcoholic beverages on the work site? the hired painter drinks while working and is not compl...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post October 17, 2011
no threshold wet room

I need to remodel a small bathroom into handicap accessible wet room. My contractor said in order to accommodate drainage in a small room a floor has to be elevated by 2 in. The whole idea of a wet room for me ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post March 28, 2011
digging out a basement

I live in a brownstone,115years old in brooklyn ny.I am 75inches tall and have to bend over when in the basement.How deep can I dig,and do I need a building permit to do so.I also want to pour a concret...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post February 28, 2011
garage apartment

I'm interested in the possiblity of remodeling our two car garage into a one car garage/apartment. I need to know how cheap I can possibly do this... My daughter and granddaughter need a place to li...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post February 20, 2011
Prodex Total 48 Inch

$234.95 Reflective Insulation (R value 15.67), Vapor barrier and Radiant barrier. This insulation product reduces heating and cooling costs. Reflective aluminum foil on each side of a 5mm &#...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post February 14, 2011
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