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Has anyone painted a plastic kids playhouse?

Did it last/ was it worth it? What did you use?

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2024/02/22
19:08 UTC

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My apartment stinks (sewage or new furnace?)

I'm renting an apartment in an older split level building. About 2-3 weeks ago, we started noticing a strange smell in our unit and in the laundry room. To me it smells like sewage. We called our landlord, who got a plumber out and confirmed that there were tree roots in the sewage line. He cleared out some of it, but some of the land is owned by the city and he has to get permission to clear the rest.

While we've been waiting, the smell has only gotten worse. Here's what is concerning to me -- I am almost certain that the smell is coming from our heating vents. Our drains/toilet don't stink at all, and I can only smell sewage when our heat is on. I turned off the heat last night and right now, I smell nothing. Why would our heating system be so affected by a sewage line issue? About a month ago our furnace broke and we had to get a new one installed, which might be somehow relevant... Could the smell be a different issue entirely?

Also, does anyone know if it's dangerous or just disgusting for me to be inhaling these shit fumes? TIA 😫

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2024/02/22
19:04 UTC

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Sagging floor where Piano sits - should I add a jack post to support after installing sister board?

Hey! I have an area where my floor sags. It is where my Piano is...but the floor sagged there before we moved the piano there. We moved into the house and it is the only interior wall space wide enough for it.

When I looked in my unfinished basement below, I noticed that the joist where the floor sags does have a crack where a knot in the wood is. A string test confirms the sagging here.

My plan is to put in a sister board to add support to this joist.

My question - should I a jack post on that joist after sistering to lend additional support to the area, since it does hold a piano?

Our plan is to finish the basement in 2 years, and I think we can create a permanent beam then.

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2024/02/22
19:03 UTC

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Where to find wood baluster?

I'm in the greater boston area and need to replace a single wooden baluster (candlestick 5040) and I figured that would be easy no problem. Seems like the only way to buy a single baluster is online and pay about $20 to $30+ for shipping which seems ridiculous. Am I just looking in the wrong place?

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2024/02/22
19:02 UTC

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DIY? Landlord? Asbestos???

Ugh. I'm feeling really powerless and stupid in this situation.

My landlord had me sign a crazy, 30-page lease, which included a section that says "Your place may have asbestos. Don't hammer any nails or drill any holes yourself. If you need something done, someone who works for us can take care of it."

So I bought curtains and curtain rods and coat hooks, and messaged them like "Cool, how does this work?" (I sort of knew they might tell me to fuck off.)

After a week of bullshit, they're like "Don't worry, it's safe. You can do it yourself."

So I google it and... it seems REALLY dangerous. I figured it was like lead paint, where, you know, don't lick it, but it's nbd to work with. No, it seems INTENSE. And people working with it are supposed to do all sorts of elaborate things to clean up afterwards.

So I'm feeling pretty stuck.

  • Without curtains, my place is going to be boiling in the summer. There's no AC.
  • Before I realized it was a big deal, I tried to do it myself, and failed. (Luckily, it was an interior wall, without insulation.) I'm not strong enough, or the wall is idiosyncratic, or something. I used a pretty good, hefty drill, I think.
  • I was going to hire a taskrabbit. But I can't not tell them there's asbestos, and if I do, I feel like nobody will take the gig. And maybe my walls are weird, and they'll come, and we won't be able to do the job
  • if I keep bothering my landlord, are they going to retaliate and fuck me over somehow? And even if they send a guy, are they going to do an adequate job cleaning up afterwards? But the upside here is that they know the walls, and will have the right tools.

fml. What would you do?

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2024/02/22
19:00 UTC

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Share Your Home Improvement Experience?

Gathering homeowner insights related to home improvement project experiences and thought this group might be a good fit for opinions to share.

It’s a quick survey, less than 5 mins. All multiple choice with exception of one open ended. No pressure, but if you have experience to share and some time I’m very appreciative ☺️

https://forms.gle/63xkBaBS83V7A5Mw6

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2024/02/22
18:58 UTC

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What’s better? 3 tab or architectural shingles? Is the cost difference worth the architectural?

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2024/02/22
18:58 UTC

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Ceiling squares won’t stay up

https://i.imgur.com/X2DFQac.jpeg

These won’t stay up even with nails what can I use to fix it.

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2024/02/22
18:52 UTC

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How to install door trim on vinyl door frame past drywall

I just installed new Milgard French doors, but door frame is too wide. It protrudes out almost a half inch past drywall. Didn’t have a choice because it is flush with stucco on exterior.

How would you install door trim here? I can’t shave down vinyl. It’s uneven so might be hard to just cut a line down thick trim.

https://imgur.com/gallery/0QCccgo

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2024/02/22
18:50 UTC

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Question about pre hung doors

So we hired out tile work and some carpentry work for a bathroom remodel and the two contractors recommended each other as they worked together numerous times before. It made sense to me to make for a good and cohesive project if the two trades knew each other and knows how to set each other up for success.

Anyway fast forward to today. Clearly these guys only focus on their own task and don’t communicate or set each other up for success. Been the story this entire journey of remodel.

The carpenter is doing the last part of the project and replacing a prehung door. The tile contractor had the old prehung door entirely removed and put the threshold from stud to stud of the rough opening. Now the carpenter is saying that he never should have done that as the pre hung door should go all the way down to the floor slab and the threshold should be the last part put in.

Idk what’s right or wrong or if it matters. But carpenter blaming tile guy, should tile guy have known not to put threshold to the edges of the rough opening? If this doesn’t come out looking right or doesn’t hang right, who should I be blaming or forcing to fix the mistake?

Thoughts? Thanks!

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2024/02/22
18:48 UTC

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Uplighting

Looking for recommendations (links) on uplighting for front of home/garage that also throws some light into the driveway

Anything helps!

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2024/02/22
18:46 UTC

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Nail at top of short stair case keeps pushing out

I have a short stair case (4 steps) leading from the entry way into our living room.

one of the nails at the top of this short stair case, keeps pushing itself out.

I hammer it back in and 3-4 weeks later it has pushed out again...

I am unsure what the cause is...

anyone have any ideas on the correct way to resolve this?

I have a picture here, apologies that it is slightly out of focus

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2024/02/22
18:43 UTC

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Average cost to drywall/insulate garage?

Long story short,the garage in house I just bought was partially finished with drywall probably 15-20 years ago. The one dry walled wall has significant water damage from a leaking roof from wood stove flue. I was quoted about $3700 to remove the water damaged wall/portion of ceiling and repair/ finish the rest of garage and new drywall over current ceiling one (quote says drywall will be paint ready). Is this a fair estimate? Standard two car garage in Ohio. Thanks in advance!

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2024/02/22
18:38 UTC

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19k for refacing/light remodel...good deal?

I recently hired a carpenter, whose done good work for me in the past, to do a job which involved a refacing/mild remodeling of our downstairs area. In total the work done was as follows coming in just under 19k (excluding some additional costs like flooring and some drop ceiling tiles for basement):

  • Redoing entire drywall for one room, redoing some in another room
  • Installing can lights
  • Some electrical (moving outlets, replacing bad wiring)
  • New insulation
  • Installing a couple baseboard heaters
  • Redoing 2 small staircases (new treads, staining, painting) with handrails
  • Trim, installing doors, new paint
  • Wrapping a couple basement columns with plywood and trim
  • Laying new vinyl plank flooring on all levels, (removing of old flooring on one of the levels)
  • Removal of old drywall, insulation, doors and other trash

Costs went up as the job went on because I was adding stuff onto the scope of work in the middle of the job but also because of unforeseen issues like the poor insulation from original build and bad wiring needing replaced. The carpenter told me costs would go up and that he would update the quote as we went along (which he did). He seems honest and fair, so generally speaking I trust his expertise.

That said, I chose to just give him the job knee-jerk, based on his past work for me and general lack of patience. I had decided at the end of last year that I'd wanted it done and if I didn't do it now, I never would—so I just decided to book it and didn't get additional quotes.

Should I have challenged more on the increasing costs? He doesn't line item things, just ballparks it, which annoys me a little. But he always looks for the best deals on stuff and has been helpful tracking down materials at lower/better costs.

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2024/02/22
18:30 UTC

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Shades on Every Window

We just purchased a home and we are having Graber do an estimate for cellular shades. I felt like this was the best option because we have children and a dog. Cords are a no go and the plastic blinds have easily broken in the past. We were going to do black out shades in the bedrooms and light filtering in the rest of the house.

Our primary bath has a beautiful window over the garden tub and we have a window above the kitchen sink. I’ve been considering doing some type of curtain instead on these windows. Is that weird to not have shades on every window?

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2024/02/22
18:23 UTC

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What is this and how do I make it stop

https://imgur.com/a/va0yG18

This thing is in my backyard — I’ve never seen it do anything before and I’m not sure if it’s connected to my sprinkler system (which has been turned off and blown out for the season). Does anyone know what it is and why it’s flooding my back yard? Any ideas on how I can make it stop, or who I can call?

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2024/02/22
18:23 UTC

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How long should this take to tile?

Getting a couple of bathrooms redone and it's taking way longer than we thought it would to tile this first bathroom. Tiler still working on bathroom one, taken him six full days and he's still hasn't finished the niche or threshold/step. Only grout is on the floor so far. Any experienced tiler know if this seems normal? TIA

Normal sized shower, floor space is about 5'x8'.

https://imgur.com/a/8OC1Any

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2024/02/22
18:14 UTC

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Pulls for Desk

I bought a desk off of Marketplace for use in my son’s room. I want to replace the handles, but I’m having the hardest time finding the right size for the holes that exist. The existing holes are 2.75” center to center. Does anyone have any suggestions of places I may not have checked? Thank you!

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2024/02/22
17:53 UTC

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Is it possible to remove paint and stain or should I buy new doors?

The previous owner painted all the trim and doors in my hallway black. Is it possible to remove the paint and then stain/finish the wood or should I just buy new doors/door frames/trim?

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2024/02/22
17:41 UTC

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Is it wise to use spray insulation to insulate ceiling of basement?

Have rodent problem within insulation in basement. Would spray insulation be the answer?

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2024/02/22
17:38 UTC

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Contractor coming today to give a quote for cedar siding repair, exterior paint, and new gutters. What questions should I be asking?

First time dealing with these types of exterior improvements. What should I be on the lookout for? Questions I should be asking? Thanks in advance!

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2024/02/22
17:35 UTC

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Where to begin with this entryway addition?

So, we bought the ugliest house in the neighborhood in 2019, got a great deal on a fixer upper. Livable but needs work. So far i've remodeled 2 bathrooms with a 3rd in the planning stages. I've been dreaming a little bigger and would like to add a more inviting entryway to our home. Currently it's on the second level, and the stairs and attached deck are treacherous at best. My question is where do I even begin? I know this is going to need plans, but i'd like to do the majority of work myself since i'm a jack of all trades. I'm afraid I won't be able to find someone to do the plans unless they also get the job. Where to start??

https://imgur.com/a/1iO4iiv

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2024/02/22
17:34 UTC

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Flashing showing through paint, even with primer

I recently painted a bathroom with Sherwin Williams, and they told me that if I used primer first, the patched places would not show through. That was a huge fail, the flashing is still there. I’m about to paint my basement and want to see what else I can do to prevent flashing? The basement has a lot of patched spots from previous owners

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2024/02/22
17:18 UTC

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Recommendations/tips - cutting carrara marble countertop

I bought a vanity with a 72 inch carrara marble top but the opening is right at 71 and 3/4. Not sure how easy it is to cut an 1/8th of an inch off either side? The counter will have side splashes so I could cut more in theory.

I've cut regular porcelain tile before with an angle grinder and a special diamond tooth blade. I did it dry as well. I remember it working fine, aside from some miniature rough/chipped edges which would be fine since the side splashes should cover it.

Any recommendations (blade, etc) or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

PS - I don't have a lot of tools, just an 18V ryobi angle grinder and a corded circular saw - no wet saw, table saw, etc.

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2024/02/22
17:17 UTC

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Best way to cover the gap between a shed and the ground?

The shed in my backyard has about a half foot gap under it that small animals can get under because it’s on a slightly elevated part of my yard.

My dog likes to stick her head under there. She has a high prey drive and there is a rabbit under there last year, so the first thing she does when I let her out is stick her head under the shed. I’m worried that she might stick her head under there and get bit by a venomous snake one day.

With that context, what are the best/easiest options to make it harder for animals and my dog to get underneath the shed?

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2024/02/22
17:16 UTC

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Is it possible to add a deadbolt to a thin door like this?

We run an Airbnb in a small house and would like to install a smart lock, however the front door is quite old and I’m not so sure it would be able to handle it.

https://imgur.com/a/bAIbFKx

3 Comments
2024/02/22
17:12 UTC

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Hurd sashes rotting

My house has all Hurd aluminum clad windows which were installed in 2006. Some are failing and water is getting inside and rotting the bottom sashes. The casements are mulled twins with transoms above so if I were to replace I would have to replace the entire opening and that adds up quick (4 pieces of glass).

I have a quote to replace the failed ones with Andersen e-series but Hurd offers replacement sashes so I could go that route to save some $$$.

What I don't know is if replacing the sashes is going to solve my problem. Meaning I don't know how the water is getting inside. If it’s a bad install a replacement sash is only a temporary fix so does anyone have any direction in determining why a window failed or why water is getting in without tearing it apart?

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2024/02/22
17:12 UTC

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How quiet can a kitchen range hood be?

I built a custom integrated range hood from various parts, 42in wide with baffle filters. It cost me about $500-600 in total, much less than commercially available range hoods of this size and style. It's mounted high over a 36in wide induction cooktop. The interior of the hood is made of sheet metal. The outside is drywall.

The only expensive part is the remote ECM fan, a Fantech FG6M EC, rated around 350cfm, mounted in the attic. The fan itself is fantastic, no vibration, quiet, with great speed control. 6in rigid ducts, with two 90deg bends (I needed to turn right after the ceiling because the roof is low in that spot), for a total run of about 4ft, and the fan is mounted at the end of this run.

When running at full blast, I measures about 65dB near the cooktop. It's a little louder than I hoped. It's really quiet at lower speeds where we'll use it most of the time, but still, I'm curious if I can lower the maximum noise level.

As best as I can tell, the noise doesn't come from the fan (which itself is much quieter, in the attic) and I can hardly feel any vibrations anywhere. The noise seem to be produced only by the air rushing into the duct.

Do you have a +350cfm range hood? How loud is it in the kitchen at max speed? (I used a phone app to measure noise levels)

Any ideas how to minimize the noise made by the turbulent air flow?

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2024/02/22
17:07 UTC

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Is it a bad idea to run small basement fan through dryer duct with a Y splitter and one way airflow insert?

My dryer is in the basement and I'm thinking of adding a small basement exhaust fan but want to use the existing window hole for the dryer vent. The split would occur at the fitting in the window where the dryer duct currently meets and ends, and I would put a one way airflow insert on the exhaust fan side.

So starting at the window it'd go, vent, fitting, Y split, split 1 goes to dryer duct and dryer, split 2 would go to one way airflow and fan/blower.

My concern is back flow from the dryer making it through the one way and mugging up my basement.

I'd put a one way on the dryer vent but lots of pets means it'd just catch lint and fur and clog very quickly.

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2024/02/22
17:07 UTC

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Potential condensation

Hi, I’m planning to install a secondary glazing (eg. Bquiet window), but not sure if it will cause condensation between existing window and secondary glazing…

If anyone has a similar experience, it would be nice to hear your advice on how to deal with this potential condensation problem.

Although the window supplier said they never had condensation issues, the property management keeps telling me to be aware of this potential issue if I decide to install a secondary glazing…

Thanks!

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2024/02/22
17:00 UTC

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