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Quartz Countertop

Hello. I had a quartz counter top installed in a bathroom. I believed it to be a solid surface product, so was not expecting an unfinished underside much like granite. Can you explain to me why the undersi...

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Is there a cost effective way to Weather Proofing An Old Barn?

Is there a cost effective way to weatherproof and insulate a part of my barn (I want a work shop and will have a wood stove). It’s a century building with vertical boards (lots of gaps in them)....

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Subcontractor Puts a Lien on my House

Background - roofing subcontractor has put a $5000 lien on my new-to-us home. We've paid the contractor in full. I only have quote from the contractor, at the time I didn't know he was going to ...

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Need a quote on replacing an eight feet wall, taping and repainting in toronto

I recently moved out of my place and landlord wants to replace an eight foot wall where my television was mounted. It involves removing old wall, replacing drywall, taping and repainting. Have received ...

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Enclosing an Electric Panel in Basement Bathroom

If a breaker panel is located in the corner of a basement bathroom and the space can be framed like a closet with its own door (about 3x4 feet) would this make it legal?...

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Sewage Smell In Our House

We have frequent sewage smell in our house and have no idea where it’s coming from. We’ve had MULTIPLE plumbers and contractors to the house, have had the city check the sewage lines to the house and no one...

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Contractor not completing work properly

Hello All, I have a contractor I hired to renovate my office. The contractor was supposed to do everything in my office including my washroom. The washroom sinks in the middle and now that I have compl...

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Hanging Drywall on a long and narrow ceiling

Which direction do I hang drywall on a ceiling that is 14' x 27'. Im using 8' foot sheets due to limitations to get longer sheets in the basement. I believe I hang perpendicular to the strapping l...

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led lights and 15 amp circuit

On a 15 amp breaker can you put 10 plugs and 12 led lights on one circuit. The 12 led lights are replacing 2 existing ceiling lights the plugs have been there for years. This is in 2 bedrooms in basement. ...

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Raising The Pitch of the Roof

Hi, I wanted to know if there is any way to raise the pitch of the roof without incurring extensive damage interior wise? Is there such a thing as building a new roof over existing roof and not ripping...

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Due Payment From a Builder

I was working for this builder as a painter I painted his house it's a 12 million dollar house I spent almost a year painting that house when the job was done he had a lot of repairs done again and wanted m...

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Exterior of 1889 Home

Looking for ideas for exterior colors for this Victorian home...

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In 2019, What is the typical projected profit margin for a home builder in the City of Vancouver?

I am a UBC business student doing research on residential building costs in the City of Vancouver. Specifically, I am seeking credible data sources to determine the average profit margin a builder or contra...

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Floating floor under Ikea kitchen sink cabinet

I have been installing my Ikea kitchen which as you know uses suspension rails to hold up the cabinets which are further supported by the plastic Ikea legs. We are also installing some Costco engineered viny...

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Prices for labour cost

Hello, I bought all my materials for my house. I'm wondering what the avg labour cost is for the following. Sofit/fasica/tyvek/styrofoam. ...

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What type of contractor would be best for Water damage in attic?

Had ice & frost in my attic, and water damage to ceiling drywall. Roof replaced last year. Moisture problem is back. What type of contractor would be best to find source of moisture problem?...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post November 18, 2019
Not sure what professional I need to call

I have a stacked washing machine and dryer. Recently I had to have the dryer removed for repair. Once the dryer was removed, I discovered that the builder had left a gaping hole in the drywall surrounding...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post November 17, 2019
Insulating furnace room

I converted a spare room in my basement to a home studio and it's adjacent to the furnace room. I was going to use Rockwool Safe & Sound to insulate the wall, and I have enough space to cram some in...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post November 16, 2019
Required license or accredations for drawing a plan

In Ontario, does a contractor need a special licence or anything to draw up plans for a renovation (like cabinet layout, beam placement, wall removal and design in a kitchen)?...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post November 18, 2019
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