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How can I improve the look of my garden? What plants should I add/remove/move?

I live in Zone 5 in Ontario, Canada. The garden is approximately 20ft by 3 ft. There are some spaces in my garden and I just want it to look cottage-y and pretty. Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly a...

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Truss Bearing Code (OBC)

Hello I’m wondering if this is ok for bearing the trusses we’re built a bit to wide for the building and over hand on the outside but they still have a bearing of 3inch from my understanding you only actually n...

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What are the best blinds for my home?

What are the best blinds for my home? My house is big and it has 9 windows. Expert advice is needed. Thank you...

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Landscaper asking for a large deposit. What percentage is a reasonable deposit?

Received a quote from a landscaping company and now they are asking for a large deposit before the work has started. Where can I find out if this is legal. Also what % is a reasonable deposit? I am not...

Number of Responses 4 Date of Last Post June 8, 2024
Does common area needs separate heating ?

Hello All, I am trying to put together application package for basement development. But not able to understand common area clearly. Main unit has a side entrance basement which I am looking to devel...

Number of Responses 5 Date of Last Post June 8, 2024
What resources are there for pricing?

Recently started a small carpentry/plumbing business. What resources are there for pricing? I’ve asked other local companies but they seem reluctant to share any info. I’ve also asked customers to share...

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Fixable? And how long will it last?

I was told that we could fix these up with concrete parging. How long until it ends up this way again?...

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Match Trims & Ceilings to Wall Colour?

I am painting my walls Chantilly Lace (Benjamin Moore), should I match the colour in trims and ceilings but just change the sheen? Or should I go for Oxford White in trims and ceiling?...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post May 21, 2024
Basement laundry room sink near electrical panel

I'm doing basement renovation. The electrical panel is in the laundry room, and, due to space limitation the only place to place the sink is right beside the electrical panel. The 1 metre working ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 17, 2024
Cost To Relocate Furnace

Hi, Just trying to get a feel about how much this project may cost. I am looking to relocate my furnace/Water heater in my basement to an area with a lower headroom. The basement is an unfinished, o...

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Help With Layout

Someone help! Not sure where to put my furniture Our front door (single door) opens right into our living room. The long wall has three massive windows, and across from those windows (whe...

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Concrete Aggregate for Backyard

Hello, I was wondering how much it would cost for an aggregate slab approximately 200 sq ft in my backyard? Is it also possible to put a coat over an existing aggregate to freshen it up? Would...

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How to repair aluminum trim? Paint is peeling.

I have trim on the side of my house. I believe it is aluminum. Paint is peeling. How would I repair this? Thank you....

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Cost To Relocate Furnace

My basement is already finished and I want to move the HVAC system to a different place where little low headroom and build a new bedroom in the existing HVAC place instead. How much it cost me to move it?...

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Cost of Labour to Repair <10sqft of Vinyl Flooring

How much would it cost to replace/repair to a new state the flooring affected in these photos?...

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Gas Fitters Code

Has been declared by the Government that all Gas furnaces must be vented by pipe through a wall and not up the metal roof vent?...

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What can I replace a wall painting above a tv with?

I just bought a long term rental beach house. The former owner is taking the painting above the living room TV. To me the design of this wall is not good to begin with. Please give me some ideas of what...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post May 7, 2024
Commercial Indoor Sport Flooring Estimate

I'm looking into renting a property to offer indoor multisport courts (volleyball, badminton...). What would be the best materials for such court at the most affordable price? Least maintena...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post May 7, 2024
Addition Foundation Issues with Screw Piles

Issue - the drawings call for screw piles 4" from the house with a grade beam, however, there is a 6" footing under my existing foundation. What are my options? Any others? Looking fo...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post April 26, 2024
Ontario Electrical Code Help!

Hey there looking for someone to talk to about the exact codes for electrical I’m a contractor and will be doing an addition to my own personal house and I’m looking to the electrical as well, I’m just hopi...

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