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Clogged single kitchen sink

I have a single kitchen sink.. It drained slow. I plunged it, and heard the sound went through it very well. I usesd one cup baking sodar+ one cup vinger, then boiling water. but now it does not dra...

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Labor sq/ft cost for 14x21 garage

Hi, I'm looking for an average cost for a scratch built garage. Slab is already done, need price for 2x6 framing, 8' high, shingled, trussed roof. fascia, soffit. Vinyl siding&#...

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Self-employed Painter

If I am a self employed painter, and do work for a business that pays my bill but adds taxes, what am I to do with the taxes? I do not earn 30,000 a year thus do not have a business entity. Ca...

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Rafter tie replacement

We are opening up the ceiling in our kitchen to a vault/cathedral type from basic flat. House was built in the 70s, standard rectangular hip roof with 5/12 slope, ceiling joists (some of the...

Number of Responses 2 Date of Last Post 3 days ago
Fence Placements Code Calgary, Alberta

I am on a zero lot line with a maintenance access right of way. My neighbours replaced the fence which came off the back corner of my house both to the back fence and across to their house. Instead of putting t...

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Garage Ceiling

I have a kind ot seperate garage system built before I bought it. I would like to put ceiling joists in the front part. It is 17'6" from front to back and 19'6" side to side. This looks to be ho...

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How do I start my renovation business?

My question is how do I start my renovation home business? Do I need a license for this? Because I just want to do a small kind of things like painting the apartment or house or change the flooring,...

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Simcoe County (Barrie) Installation of double vanity plumbing and double sink in kitchen - sink drains offset.

1. Costs for installation of plumbing for a double vanity (pic) in bathroom (presently only one sink now) . Plumbing is on inside wall (pic). 2. Costs for installation of kitchen d...

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Basement Insulation Frustration.

I'm so frustrated. I have been going through posts and cannot find an answer, How do I insulate a basement that is half below grade and half above? Rigid foam goes where and Vapor barrier goes where...

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Concrete cost rates

Hi everybody, I am doing a research on the current building rates of concrete in the greater Vancouver area and hoping you would help me with the following: 1- Price range of sand per cubic feet (o...

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Air conditioner / heat pump placement

I'm on the upper floor of a duplex that was converted to condos, and I'm having issues with the other owners on placement of a heat pump air conditioner for my condo. They will only allow the unit i...

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Edmonton Plumbing Code (Rear Walkout Drain)?

I'm looking at buying a new home with a rear basement walkout that has a drain in the ground just outside. House inspector is adamant the drain should be hooked up to the sump pump, but the builder hook...

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Cost for basement support wall removal

What is the average cost to remove a 20' support wall in a basement and replace it with a steel beam including engineer drawings and building permit?...

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How do I report a technician?

How do I report a licensed technician who is signing off on jobs without actually doing the checks/balances? I have a form completed by a tech (with his cert #) stating he completed the inspecti...

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Feasibility study -- to expand private residence?

We are thinking of adding an addition (up or sideways) to our '79 rancher on 1/2 acre lot. It would require adding some square footage to our house in order for our single-dad son and daughte...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post 9 days ago
Framing two gable roofs' with different gutter heights?

Hi Pros and not pros, I'm a fresh grad and am rattling through some issues i came across in school that were unanswered. I'm looking to solve a problem at two gable roofs - one to an existing ch...

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Replace light switch with outlet

Hi there, I have this unused light switch (there is no light fixture connexted to it and never will - I have more than enough lights) - can I convert it to an outlet? I know it's doable from...

Number of Responses 0 Date of Last Post 12 days ago
Non treated wood and 6 mill sill plate?

Can i use non treated wood and 6 mill poly as bottom plate of basement framing? Proper vapour barrier? In Edmonton area....

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How much should I expect to pay to install kitchen backsplash?

How much should I expect to pay to install kitchen backsplash in the Toronto area including removing the old tile. We are buying the tile ourselves and will probably go with an arabesque or chevron/herringb...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post 15 days ago
Can a subcontractor put a lien on my home although I do not have a contract with the subcontractor?

Hi, Can a subcontractor put a lien on my home although I do not have a contract with the subcontractor, I have one with the contractor who has gone MIA....

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