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Can I bring out natural pine that's covered with lacquer?

We are under renovations and I wanted a rustic look for my kitchen island, so we chose a pine shiplap. That said, our contractor painted the island with a lacquer, so it doesn't show the grain a...

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Cost for House Addition

We have a foyer at the entrance which has high ceiling over it. The approximate area is 70 square feet. We would like to add a loft over the the foyer. How much would it cost us in the Edmonton area with permit...

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Fuse Box Replacement

I want to replace my fuse box with a breaker panel. I'm not changing anything else. Do I need to install AFCI breakers (I heard they are required by the code for many circuits) even it is not new wi...

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Finishing partially finished basement -exterior walls and insulation.

I am finishing my partially finished basement in Ontario. The walls currently have black paper on foundation walls then a 2”x3” studded wall 1” away from foundation, 24” on centre, with R12 batt insulat...

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We heard a large crack sound from the attic and after looking found 3 center boards broken in 3 trusses can these be replaced and who does it?

With the broken boards in the center support of the trusses who can replace them and what is involved. The trusses look like they are undersized compared to new construction. the house was built in 1981...

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How do I determine the path that unpleasant odours enter my home from my neighbour's range hood fan?

Background: I share a wall with them. The odours get inside both the party wall and at least one other intersecting wall. They also get inside my furnace and emit through every vent in my home. My home do...

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Question Regarding Roof Replacement

Hi - I have had a leak come thru my bedroom ceiling. I have since had that portion of the roof repaired. I fear that there is considerable water still in my attic (it’s a bungalow) and there’s quite a b...

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Help improve our house’s curb appeal

Advice needed on painting the exterior of our house. I’m not a fan of the brown paint color and the extra pieces of what the trim. What color scheme for the wall, trim, and windows would go with red bri...

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LED ceiling mount kit for rough-in inspection

Finishing wiring of my basement for rough-in inspection. I’m putting in 4” direct ceiling mount LED pots (box attached) but would rather leave the wire with the insulation on until after drywall (as...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post 5 days ago
Cost of a drywall job in Toronto

How much should I expect to pay in Toronto to have an old plaster/lathe wall replaced with fire-resistant drywall and soundproofing insulation? The quotes I'm getting are all over the map. Thanks in...

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Widening and replacing basement stairs

I would like to widen my basement stairway and install new stairs, with probable load-bearing changes. We want the minimum extra inches needed to accommodate modern appliances, currently a problem.The s...

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Plaster crown moulding removal

I am removing plaster crown moulding in my living room. There is concrete and mesh wiring behind it. I’m wondering if it is okay to remove some of the mesh wiring and concrete to square off the corners of the c...

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Insulating walls of cold room

Hi there - I would like to finish my basement including the cold room. We are planning to insulate the exterior walls of the cold room but should I be insulating the interior concrete wall of the cold room. ...

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Question regarding Basement flooring

I have a walk out basement. I am getting set to complete the flooring with laminate. However, where the cement floor meets the concrete foundation there is a half inch gap, and the foundation is about 2...

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Construction Cost Estimator

There is an app called Construction Cost Estimator. Available for laptop, ipad, or phone. It's recommended by Michael Stone author of Markup & Profit. Can be used in US and Canada only. Does anyone ...

Number of Responses 1 Date of Last Post 10 days ago
Contract termination question

I hired a contractor to do some rennovations at my house. Midway through the contract, he had an unrelated accident and so he's unable to work for some time. I have talked to him and he's willing...

Number of Responses 3 Date of Last Post 13 days ago
Combined more than 12 lights and plugs per circuit with load current doesn’t exceed 80%

Can following pass Ontario electric inspection on single 15A circuit break? - 29 pot lights, 9 watt each - 1 strip led, 15 watt - bath fan, 72 watts - 6 plugs Known current is 28x9+15&#...

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Why is my toilet making a screeching sound?

I have a toilet that was installed just over a year ago. Over the last month or so, it’s been making a loud screeching sound, every time it’s flushed. I am wondering what it could be. Is it cause for co...

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Whtie Flakes in Vent

I have white flakes in my vent up stairs. Falling in the floor. Noticed it after having our heat unit serviced ...

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Does this look like asbestos?

Hi Everyone, Went to replace a shower valve and found this ontop of a closet in the void. This house was supposedly renovated only 20 years ago so I'm hoping they just put some cellulose there. But&#...

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