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Concerns regarding Painting an unfinished basement ceiling

I would like to have someone spray paint the unfinished ceiling in my basement, mainly to seal the wood and minimise dust. However, are there any safety concerns regarding the paint getting on to wires...

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Dishwasher and microwave cost

How much would it cost to install a dishwasher and over range microwave?...

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Rubber tubing on the basement floor

This rubber sits on the basement floor and it does NOT lead to the exterior Someone said - it is used to discharge the pressure from the water line. What is the purpose of this tube and if I could remove ...

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Is there a national guide on average hours to complete specific jobs like how they have one for the automotive repair trade?

I was wondering if there was some sort of national guidelines on the number of man hours to complete repairs for contractors. I get a water heater replacement might take 1-2 hours depending on the location and ...

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What are the licensing requirements for a handyman in Quebec?

Do handymen working exclusively on private residences in Quebec need a general contactors license? I have spoken to a few RBQ employees who give me conflicting answers. Two have stated that as long as I wor...

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How to fix very wet crawl space

What is the proper way to fix a wet crawl space with a high water table with mostly ground water ...

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Cost to assess wall and hopefully expand view/'window' space between kitchen & living room

We just moved into our bungalow, built 1957, it has a wall dividing most of the length of the upstairs, including between the kitchen and living room. There's a walk through space between the ki...

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Cost to add bedroom ceiling light

Hello, I'm wondering what the labor cost is to add a ceiling light, wiring, and a wall switch in a bedroom with attic access. Thank you ...

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Tub Replacement in Ottawa, Ontario

Looking for an average price to remove old and install new basic enameled steel tub and tile in an apartment building ...

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Cost for second story

Looking for a ball park estimate for a second story addition. House is 1000 Sq feet. There are 2 possibilities I am considering. 1. The second story has 4 bedrooms and a bath this would include the addition ...

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Fire risk - Electrical range cooker

My builder had supplied us with the cheapest Whirlpool electrical range cooker 4 ring burner (not a flat top one) White Retail price $650 to $700 + taxes My question is: What is th...

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Wet floor in the basement

PICTURE I have checked on the 2 transparent tubes and there are no holes on the plastic tubes. Yet sometimes the floor of the basement is moist. How do I stop the leakage (???) an...

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A stand alone rubber tube in the basement?

PICTURE Please advise me on the purpose of this black rubber vertical tube that is affixed on the ground of the basement. I have a furnace, humidifier and a water heater in the basement. Should I r...

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Handyman hourly rate... what should it be?

Hello, My husband recently started his own handyman business in the Kitchener/Cambridge/Waterloo area (Ontario, just outside of the GTA). He starting charging $25/hr and then...

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Foundation Question

Have a peculiar situation with my basement. The house when originally built in 1950 had a crawl space basement. During the 1950's the basement was dug out to obtain more height. My understanding after spe...

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Can a contractor remove items for not getting paid?

I currently live in a rental home. When I moved in, there were a couple of items that needed to be addressed. One window pane of glass needed to be replaced, a kitchen window needed to be replaced and a...

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Construction Trades Techniques Program

Hello, I'm looking to take Construction Trades Techniques Program, and would like know if it is worth getting this program? What is the future of this program? My plan to open my own busi...

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Final Payment of a Contractor

I hired a contractor who was responsible for the construction of a house. The contract read that the completion date was to be on September 1 2018. I still have not recieved the occupancy certificate from our...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post February 26, 2019
How much to replace bathtub surround?

I want to replace just the surround around my bathtub and shower. It currently has a surround installed that has been glued to the drywall behind it. How much would it cost to replace the surround?...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post February 26, 2019
Dehumidifying after a flood

How long do you need to run dehumidifiers after a flood? Basement around 700 square feet flooded at 2 feet. The weather here is dry since its winter. Thanks...

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