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Multi-speed single stage gas furnace

There's no shortage of advice on the difference between single stage, multi-stage and variable speed gas furnaces. Where does the multi-speed single stage furnace fall? Is it relatively new? ...

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Bad roof and siding repair

I recently had a large maple that fell on the corner of my house. It broke some of the framing damaged soffet and facia as well as roofing tiles. We hired a roofer to do the entire job they said they have a sid...

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Removing an old exhaust vent/fan from old kitchen stove

I have an ancient old exhaust fan, no longer working, that is an eyesore and mouse freeway into my house. It's on an exterior wall and covered over by siding that needs to be redone/replaced any...

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Light fixture replacement.

I am replacing a dining room light fixture. The fixture comes on when I turn the breaker on but the wall switch does not turn the fixture on or off. Help....

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Selection of a Steel Beam for a 2 storey residential building

How to select a steel beam for a span of 6.0 M for a 2 storey residential building with its top flanges laterally supported. Span of Floor joist 3.2 m on one side and 2.8 m on the other....

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Need paint colour advice for my entrance

Tired of yellow. Looking for something neutral. I dont have a taste. Totally lost. Can someone please suggest a good paint color to match the oak stairs? Its a 30 y.o house. So nothing too contemporary. ...

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Should a general contractor ask for money for a bid?

Should a general contractor offering a bid on a job (and one of three contractors asked to submit a bid) ask for money up front for an ''engineer'' to give an opinion so he can put in a ...

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How much does it cost to replace a electrical panel?

My panel is 125A I believe, its getting rusted and I was thinking of changing it, how much does it cost? Also, can the panel be moved to 3 feet away from current location? how much would tha...

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Closet door frame suggestions

We have oak hardwood flooring (stain colour is gunstock). Looking for suggestions for what type of sliding closet doors to add to the hallway (visible from the front door entryway). Baseboard ...

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Which height is good for a rain shower?

I want to have a rain shower head from Airbath in the bathroom. The problem is that we have 10' ceilings. Should so we lower the ceiling over shower to approx at least 8'? Or will it be fine? Al...

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Plumbing

Anyone know why someone would rough in 5 lines 3 hot 2 cold to a master bath vanity?...

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Removing a redundant teleport

There is a telepost in the basement which my husband installed forty years ago to support a heatilator fireplace. The fire place and all framing has now been removed so there is no longer a load to bear. ...

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Garage Door Remote

I had to put a new battery into my garage door opener remote and it isn't syncing with the opener any longer - is this something that you can advise on? Thanks...

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Contractor disappeared for weeks, ignored us and now threatening to file a lien.

Hi all, We hired a contractor and work started off good - we had a contract and paid him in instalments. The day after we made the 4th payment (totalling 90% of the total job) he started acti...

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What should I do in this situation?

Recently started a tiled shower job using Schluter materials and such, I requested $1800 for material cost before I have started I have since been on the job for two days and the customer is a complete ...

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Property lien

I am new to this, but I got huge work started, this guy initially did good job, but took a long time due to his absenteeism, and did not finish the work. He made me pay more than the contract wa...

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Insulation Quote From a Contractor or Company

Is it possible to get an itemized quote for insulation & a bit of mold in my 300' attic? ...

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Best advise for laying carpet tiles on concrete basement?

I would like to put down carpet tiles in my basement without sealing the floor first as I do not have time to let it cure. Is there a poly film I can tack onto the floor which u can then apply the carpet tiles...

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New Dishwasher not draining water properly

My new Samsung dishwasher is not draining water properly. Every time I open it after wash, its all wet and dishes are not dried at all. I can see around half a glass of water standing around the bottom of ...

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What is my square footage?

Drew some hilarious photos on my iPad but the measurements are fairly accurate This is for flooring, a lot of people are just asking me square footage so far Thanks in advance !!...

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