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Contractor with excuses

My contractor started my basement in July and said it would take 6-8 weeks. We are at almost 5 months now and there is a lot incomplete. There is always a convenient excuse; a death, or illness (not sur...

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Doors in basement

Can I install a door under a header? What is the minimum height a door can be?...

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Can contractors charge homeowner to advertise?

My contractor purchased a new company sign, placed it on my property during construction and billed me for the sign. That sign has now been moved to the next clients property. Is this actually part of t...

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Any benefit to 3/4" rigid foam between strapping (basement wall)

My basement was finished, probably in the 1970s. There are 1x3s nailed to the concrete block exterior walls with wood paneling attached to the 1x3 strapping. There is no insulation. The concrete blocks are ...

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1 or 2 piece toilet?

Should I choose a 1 piece toilet or a 2 piece toilet for the powder room? Is there a real advantage of a 1 piece toilet but the price is higher. I like the shape of an elongated toilet Secondly is ...

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Flat roof repair

I have a flat roof with rotting plywood under the rubber membrane. Should I remove existing or just go over the top with new plywood and membrane?...

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Help from metal roofing contractor

Anyone here is a metal roof installer? I need a quotation as well as much education on what's the best product and cost. How is 2400 sq feet (2 level) so roof will be half of that I guess....

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How to hide a door completely

So my bedroom has two doors, one to the living room and one to the hallway. I want to cover one with a mirror or maybe transform it into a bookshelf. I need a good way to completely cover it without buildin...

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Compulsory trades and licences for contractor

Must a contractor have a licence in the city he/she works in? I live in Vaughan and my contractor said he has a valid licence. His licence is in Toronto only, does it mean he can do work in Vaugha...

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What is the average labor price to install baseboard in Windsor, Ontario?

Im looking for the average labor price to install baseboard in Windsor Ontario. Also the average labor price to install a steel 30 inch by 7 feet door. Thank you ...

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Contractor not getting paid

Hi, I completed a contract in a construction company, there was no paperwork signed. It was a verbal contract. They ended my contract 2 weeks ago and has not paid me anything. I have been contacting ...

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Estimate guidelines for drywall finishing

Hello, I am about to seek estimates for drywall finishing for a basement development in Cochrane, Alberta. My basement is approx. 650 sq. ft (developed), with 9 ft. ceilings. The drywall to...

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Bathroom countertop cut off or replaced to get access to toilet tank.

My bathroom counter which includes the sink is extended over the toilet which makes access to the toilet tank difficult. Can I have the counter top cut off over the toilet or does the whole counter have to be ...

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Question regarding pricing

I have been reading posts about pricing for example, installing an interior door say about $150. Now is that just labor to install it and trim it . ...

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Exterior Cement Stairwell and landing

As we are turning our basement into a rental suite, I had a contractor come and dig a hole for the new concrete stairwell and landing. He also cut my foundation wall and installed a basement door. However...

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Gap in vinyl siding, should I get it fixed or let it go?

Hey all. I have a gap in the top corner of my vinyl siding. You can see the exposed side trim in the included pic. There's black paper behind the siding. It's right under the roof so it gets only windbl...

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Crack in roof rafter serious enough?

Would appreciate some advice here. Recently stuck my head into the attic and saw there is a bit of a crack in one rafter. We of course can get a fair bit of snow here in Toronto and if we get a lot of moisture ...

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Cost to stain Rail handle

How much to stain just the rail handle?...

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Basement wall (foundation) leak

HI, We recently purchased a house, (house is 10 years old) and noticed that the basement has a leak , waster is coming in through a nail from a hilti gun. The nail head is imbedded 1/4...

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Basement Mother-in-Law Conversion

Hello, We would like to convert a portion of our basement to a mother-in-law type option. We'd like to convert a large storage room, basement bedroom with it's own entrance and an existin...

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