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Concrete Deck

We have a concrete deck that sits about 6 ft. high from the ground. It has tar paper attached underneath on bottom. Would this not cause the concrete to break down from moisture?...

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Thickness of floor chip board and the joists

What would be the thickness of the chip board floor and the joists dimensions under it, in the house built in 1989 in Brampton? Thanks...

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Whole house water softener suggestions

We are a family of 5 living in a 3000 sq/ft home needing to replace our 12-year-old water softener and are looking for suggestions on the best units available. Based on my own research I'm currently...

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Cost to side house

How much would it cost approximately to put insulation and vinyl siding on 1100 square foot house? It would be going over asbestos siding. ...

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Moving cost of Furnace and Tankless water heater to coldroom

Hi, Is it possible to move Forced air Natural GAS furnace as well as Tank less water heater to un-insulated Cold-room which is approx 25 feet from existing location? And how much it cost? Cold...

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How much should I expect to pay for a repair to my outside tap that froze over the winter

When I turned on the water to my exterior tap this past weekend water leaked from the tap and possibly from the exterior pipe. There were no leaks in the house. Approximately how much should I expect to pay fo...

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Contractor Disappeared

We recently had to have our bathroom reno'd due to water leaking. We were in a rush because I was on bed rest with twins due any day and this is the only bathroom in a house with 6 kids and 2 adults. We fou...

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Making outdoor wooden steps slip-proof

I've got a few steps outdoors leading to my basement and I have been looking for a way to make them properly slip-proof. Being in BC, it rains constantly and algae growth is a nightmare to constantly...

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Basement wall insulation

I have read information on this topic but its confusing to me. In my case, this is a brand new build and foundation cement was poured last October and is now May. There is black water-proofing membrane on...

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Honeycombing on concrete slab

I got a concrete slab poured for a garage with an 8” curb. There is quite a bit of honey combing on the exterior of the slab. Is this normal?...

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Patio material

Which is better for a patio in Calgary flagstone or stamped concrete? What would be the cost for each I have about 42sq/m?...

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Is it possible to rejuvenate an old deck that has not been treated as we are renting property?

Deck has not be attended to since we moved here 5 years ago. Looks the worst for wear but overall, not in bad shape except for looking very gray from weather and few boards looking a bit rotten and 1 corner...

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What kind of repair company do I need to call?

I have a 100 year old house that has a section of wood between the floor and the foundation which is covered with about 3 inches of concrete. On one side of the house this covering has started to come away. I d...

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Exorbitant "City Works" charge associated with building permit (Burnaby BC) normal?

In January 2018, we applied for a building permit for our small lot (33x110) in Burnaby Edmonds area, and the permit invoices issued by the City of Burnaby shocked us. In addition to the standar...

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Remove old paint from wooden deck

How much it will cost me if I need someone help me remove old paint and do the sanding job for my 15×15 wooden deck?...

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Restaining a deck

What is the cost to restain a 10 year old deck with bench seating. Approximately 16x18....

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6x6 post setting?

For a 6x6 post hole in southern Ontario where I'm from, the depth should be 48inchs/6inchs of gravel and 42 inches of concrete correct? The hole size should be 10inches in diameter as well corre...

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Patio door handle inquiry

Existing patio door handle has 2" depth on the inside. I'd like to replace it with a low profile handle to allow more room for shutters. It's hole C-C of 6 9/16 and is the surface mount hook l...

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Cost to install a 240 volt NEMA 14-50

I live in a 4 year old detached home in North West Brampton and need to know how much it will cost to Install a 240 volt NEMA 14-50 receptacle in the garage to be used to charge a Tesla....

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Cost for stamped concrete patio and walkway

Hello, I was wondering how much a stamped concrete patio and walkway would cost, about 400 square feet. Thanks...

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