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Clogged Toilet

My girlfriend just bought this house and the toilet backed up the second time she flushed. I went into the crawl space and opened the clean out, the water was right to the top of pipe. I have done this bef...

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Roof Leak

I built a flat roof for an extension on my house. I put water and ice underlayment on then shingled it. Now I have l leaks where the roof meets the house and 8 feet away from the house. Can I put a liquid seala...

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Hidden low voltage power options

I've got my electrical plan figured out (Simplified code book is great!) and now I'm just trying to figure out a good way to get some low voltage power available for some smart home device...

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Cost for wood fence

How much to install a wood double sided 1x6 fence 130 f by 8 f high in 6x6 wood?...

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Carpet got wet and took 2 days to dry - do I need to replace subfloor when I change to laminate flooring?

I was washing my carpet with those carpet cleaners and the cleaner was not suctioning the water out which lead my carpet to be soaked for a couple days. I was already thinking about switching to laminate floori...

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Drill 3 1/2" hole on 3 joists bearing weight

Hello, Do you see any issues to put freestand tub above the 3 joists that drilled 3 1/2" holes. Thank you....

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Drill 3 1/2 " hole through 3 joists for toilet pipe

Hello, We are working on bathroom reno on 2nd floor, do you see any potential issue in the picture. 1. Is there any issue to put a freestand tub on the area that toilet pipe cross the 3 joists o...

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New Home Build

I'm planning to do a new build house. Modular type or a trailer type. Does the price include preparation of the land and all the necessary connections including HVAC?...

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30 ft. Boundary Wood Fence

How much would a 5 foot high wood fence cost per foot (total ~30 linear ft.), to supply and install plus, a 3 ft. or 6 ft.wide gate - give me both quotes in a Scarborough, Ont. house? ...

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Raise or Lower a large bump in the middle of my concrete basement floor

I have a large bump in the middle of my concrete basement floor. It is up to 3.5 inches high from the corners and is roughly 9 ft by 13 ft. I don't know what to do- raise the area around it or grind it to ...

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Bathroom Remodel - who should pay my plumber for his service?

This is very good information. Question, I did everything that is suggested in this article. We got to the end of the bathroom remodel, they removed the toliet for the new flooring. Well, the fou...

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Looking to upgrade my breakers!?

So since I’m off work I want to just switch out my breakers for my electrical panel as they are going over 20 years old just wondering if anyone knows if these are the correct breakers for my panel thanks ...

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Exterior light fixture question?

quick question: I wan to remove the small exterior light over an exterior basement door - but not replace it, just fit a piece of vinyl siding over the hole. what do I do with the 3 exposed wires after ...

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SERIOUS VIEW

I want to build a deck thats 22ft x 16ft, that is zero elevation on the uphill side and 7ft on the downhill. Location is Vancouver, North Shore. It will not be attached to the house. Bedrock is roughly ...

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2 holes on the side of the exterior wall of the house

2 pictures I am a layman and I cannot wait for the contractor to do it. Would I be able to do it as a D-I-Y job? I have asked the contractors to finish the basement. AFTER THE COMPLETION OF THE ...

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Patch large area on lath wall

Hello, if I use drywall to patch a large area on a lath and plaster wall, how do I cover the Sean's? Can I use fiber tape and plaster patch? Thank you!...

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Demolition Cost for a Commercial Property

Hello, I am a student at UBC real estate division. I am working towards the real estate appraiser. For the school's demo course, I am trying to estimate a demolition cost of a two-storey, 2&#...

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Ontario renovation shut down?

Just wondering the new shut down if Ontario for 14 days does that include home renovations? I know that major construction job sites like new buildings etc are good but what about me the home renovator goin...

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Average Cost of Patio walkway installation

i'm looking at having a patio walkway 4x30 down the side of my house leading to a 30x30 patio with a fire place in the middle made of the same material (techno bloc BLU slate) i'm looking for an...

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Insulate on top of Rolled Blanket insulation in the basement ?

I live in Hamilton Ontario, my Semi-detached is 7 years old. My basement is insulated with an R12 Insulation blanket over almost the entire wall, there is only 7 inches left at the bottom. My questio...

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