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House Amperage

I am trying to determine if my house is 100 amp or 200 amp service. The main breaker consists of 2 breakers each labeled as 100 amp. Does that mean it's 100 amp service or 200 amp service? The panel has...

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Cost for bidet

How much is reasonable to install a bidet attachment?...

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Shop Swaying!?

Hey there so I’m currently in the middle of a 50x50 shop build it is 10 ft tall and I noticed as we were putting on the trusses today there seems to be quite a bit of sway on the tops of the walls (I can ma...

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I want to install a pop up usb charger on the kitchen island, my electrician is saying it’s not allowed on the kitchen island. Is it correct?

I want to install the following product on the kitchen island. My electrician is saying it’s not allowed by Ottawa city code. Is it correct? https://www.kitchenpowerpopups .com/collectio...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post November 13, 2022
Mortar and grout issues - Bathroom Floor

We used a bit of self levelling compound for the bathroom floor and waited the specified amount of time before applying 8x8 porcelain tiles and we used 1/4 " spacers. We used premium pre-mixed mortar b...

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M y bath tub has hot water, the shower is warm at best

When I run the tub water it is very hot. when I turn the shower on the water is warm, the faucet is all the way to the hot....

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$100 consultation fee

I've been dealing with some contractors for a while. $100 consultation fee. This is really inappropriate. Thoughts?...

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Concrete foundation damp proofing

Have a few questions about our home. It is an above ground basement with a 4 foot frost wall, the below grade portion was never damp proofed before back fill. Is this a requirement? Also, the above...

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Shallow well jet pump wont turn off

I hit 50 psi in pressure tank , water in house is flowing well, pump won’t shut off. If I turn all water off to house , the pump still doesn’t shutoff. Sometimes it flickers on and off. Anyone hav...

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Seeing lights thru floor vent

Not sure if this poses any issues or is normal however there's one vent in the main floor bathroom that when the basement light is on you can see light shining thru the vent Is this because the light in th...

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Advice on non payment for poor quality job

We had some granite installed and the joint as well as many other things were unacceptable. Long story short we are not paying the remaining balance and the contractor agrees but says the remaining amount will ...

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Cost to demo & redo back small deck with 3 stairs

How much do I charge for demo and redo back 5'×5' composite deck with 3-48"×11" steps and wooden Ballist railings that have composite hand rails? So much rot I only saved 5 stringer out ...

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Trade Equivalent Exam

Hey there, I’m wondering if anyone has taken this test or knows anything about it. From the research I have done it is basically like a GED but for carpentry. aLong story short I had some bad luck when ...

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Addition on helical piles

Hey wondering if anyone has done an addition on helical piles before, I’m looking at doing a 20x70 addition to my house so just wondering what the best way for insulating underneath the joist and what code ...

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Drywall On Ceiling

Do I need to install drywall first on vaulted ceiling that will have Shiplap wood installed?...

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Continuous Gutter Pricing?

Wanting to get into gutter installation and am having trouble determining fair and profitable pricing. How do you come up with your per/LF price when installing aluminum gutter?...

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STC vs fire rating for legal basement apartment

Trying to sort out best way to achieve STC 50 and fire rating for legal basement apartment? Fire rating is pretty self explanatory but then when you look at STC you suddenly overkill the fire rating. Whats ...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post November 3, 2022
Install linoleum in the basement because we have low ceilings!

We want to install linoleum in the basement and we have low ceilings. What type of subfloor should we use for a DIY project? We have a contractor who will use leveling concrete then we will do the rest. Are...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post October 9, 2022
New bathtub creaking near drain

Just got a new tub installed and it started creaking near the drain. Contractor spray foamed from a cavity through the closet but didn't seem to help. Going to give a few hours to cure and see if anything...

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Linear recessed lighting cost

I’m looking for cost estimates to install linear recessed lighting while redecorating the main space of a home and renovating a few key areas. The home was built in 2005. ...

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