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My house appears to be sagging. Is the answer in the teleposts?

About 8 years ago we had to pile (X4) the south side of our 1100 foot bungalow. They went 25feet deep on each. A structural engineer was consulted prior to the work. We have now noticed significant...

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How much would something like this cost?

I found this picture on TrustedPros and may be interested in a similar project but would first like to know what the estimated cost would be....

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Lintels installation and material costs in Ottawa

What would be the estimated cost of installing Lintels over the basement door, windows (2) including materials as per Building code in Ottawa? ...

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Unevenly installed slate floors

Hi. I am looking at purchasing a home that has brand new but badly installed natural slate floors. The are uneven. Can they be fixed in some way without tearing up and replacing? They are so beautiful th...

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Asphalt Melted Siding

Recently had our driveway paved. After the driveway was complete I noticed the front corner of the house had melted. The house sits a good 30" above the driveway. It appears to have only affected a short se...

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Dimensional Lumber or LVL for Flush Beam

I have a 6' opening in a load bearing wall which is currently supported by double 2x10 dropped beams. I want to convert these into a flush beams. Do I need to to use LVLs for this? Regards...

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Asphalt Roof Lifespan

What is the lifespan of the asphalt shingles that a typical builder in Ontario would have installed in 2006 (15 years ago)? A number of shingles have curved/changed colour from medium brown...

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Rain makes an obnoxious tapping sound??

Hello, I had new eaves installed three years ago. Every time there is heavy rain I can hear a thudding noise coming from over the roof into the second story bedroom. It sounds like water dropping into a ...

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Cantilevered Sill Plate

Is there a cantilevered sill plate on all sides of the home beneath the vinyl siding?. We recently had an inspection and it revealed that on the left and rear sides of the home the sill plate extended beyon...

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Cost to wire a SIP type home

Looking for a general information on the cost to wire a SIP panel type house. SIP= Structural insulated Panel In ontario to code...

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Water from lawn sprinkler

I hope you can settle a longstanding argument between my wife and I about stucco. When we water our plants and shrubs with a lawn sprinkler, she is fanatical about not wanting the water to hit the stucco o...

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Installing a handrail along a backyard flagstone path.

Good day everyone. I've been asked to install a handrail along a 7 to 8 ft long run of flagstone steps in a friend's backyard. It slopes downhill slightly and would have to be free-standing. What wou...

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Bathroom Reno Costs

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Price estimate to paint ceilings of a 999 sq ft bungalow upstairs and down

I bought a home and looks like ceilings have painted over stiple. I want to get them either re stippled or painted so they look better. Would like a rough estimated price....

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Sub contractor is threatening to put lien on owner because of dispute between him and contractor

I hope someone can help as my wife and I are completely stressed out. We hired a landscape contractor for our backyard project in march 2021, which he promised to finish by May. However, he couldn&#...

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Can a master electrician do a new panel on your rental property without your permission and no permit?

We have a rental property and went to inspect it. The Dad who is a master electrical admitted to putting in a new panel as well as more work in our out building. This was all done without our permission and any...

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Cost of Installing Laminate

I'd like to replace a carpeted living room with laminate flooring. It's about 300 square feet. Aside from the materials (laminate, underlayment, t-molds, etc), how much would the...

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General Contractor or Subtrades?

Hi, We recently bought a 50 year old house in Kentville and we close August 16th. We are aware that we need a bunch of work done (trim reinstalling/drywall patching and repairing as well as p...

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Issue with contractor work (garage build)

Hi, I am looking for some advice for a family friend. Recently they decided to build a garage, so they found a contractor who quoted them a price, they agreed and so they signed the quote. Few we...

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New home construction concerns over quality of work

I’m building a new home. I went in to check on the progress and I noticed they started to put in my laminate plank flooring. I asked them if they leveled the concrete and they said no. They said they were not i...

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