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Second floor much warmer than the first: what to do?

House: two-storey house circa 1940, second storey is "cathedral ceiling" Heated mostly by a fireplace located on the first floor. After upgrading windows and insulation (the second floor ...

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Closed cell spray insulation safe?

We are removing the drop ceiling in our basement and instead leaving it open and painting it. Yesterday our contractor sprayed closed cell spray insulation around the top perimeter (in the space that used ...

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Do I need a dedicated outlet for this?

Am renovating my basement and adding a bar. The bar will have two under the counter mini bar fridges. Do I need to have a dedicated outlet for each one of these? ESA safe will be in to inspect rough-...

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Labor cost for Structural Steel

I am a Framer, now a GC. Salt Lake City. I have never estimated the labor cost for installation. Most pricing I find is priced by the ton. What is a good LF price to prep, plate, pack out and inst...

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Do I need vapour barrier when drywalling the kitchen ceiling?

Do I need vapour barrier when drywalling a kitchen ceiling?...

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Cost per sqft for ~4000sqft of concrete pad and apron

I am looking for a rough price for the following: 240 lnft of 6' wide sidewalk 600 lnft of 3' wide apron (doesn't need to be finished as well as sidewalk) 3 concrete pads about 200 sq...

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Applying Vapor barrier to wall shared with Cold room

Never worked with insulation before. My laundry room shares a wall with the cold room and it's always freezing. I justbwant to confirm that when i apply the vapor barrier, I would put it first before pu...

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Need help to choice new Exterior House paint

My parents were the original home owners of this, the FIRST Gold Medallion Home, built-in 1959 in The San Carlos Hills of Northern Calif. This house was the "Model Home" and the Original EXTE...

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Rough idea for Detached Workshop

Looking to find out a 'rough' idea of building a detached workshop before getting too deep into design details, etc. Ideally would like approx. 1000 sqft with smaller upper level of maybe 750-800 sq...

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Plumbing Error and Not Paying Bill

The contractor's plumber did not turn off the shower valve, which caused the units in the same riser to not receive hot water. Property management had to call emergency plumbing service and now there is...

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