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Garage roof sprang a leak after getting a lot of heavy, wet snow. Think I identified the problem, but how to prevent in the future?

House built in 1987, but cedar shake roof is about 15 years old. When we bought almost 2 years ago the sellers disclosed a one-time leak in the garage roof, which they said was remedied after clearing debris from the roof with no further issues. No issues for us either until last week when the garage ceiling started leaking in the same spot after receiving several inches of wet, heavy snow. I thought I had cleared all debris the last couple of seasons using a ladder and a high-powered leaf blower, but I climbed on top of the roof today and found an area not visible from the ladder where dirt and debris was heavily caked in a valley connecting the garage roof to the house.

I cleared out the valley to reveal a couple of severely rotted shakes and a row or two that are deteriorating and spongy. This section of roof gets virtually no sun ever, so ice takes longer to melt and moisture takes longer to dry. With the debris built up it must be wet all the time.

Obviously I’ll need to replace these shakes but is there any way to prevent the buildup of debris to mitigate the problem in the future? I know the obvious answer is to get on the roof and clear it manually, but that can be a dangerous prospect given the slope of the roof that is moist much of the time. The northern climate here means winters can hit hard and fast before all of the fall debris has even finished accumulating. Any solution that doesn’t involve me routinely courting death would be preferable.

Pics of roof after clearing debris.

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2024/04/06
23:30 UTC

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renovating a kitchen and possibly a dining area.

So, we bought a house with a lath and plaster interior (1917). We tore out the kitchen cabinets and paused because we are considering removing the wall between the dining room and kitchen. However, we will lose one wall of cabinets. There are a couple of things we are looking at in the kitchen remodel itself.

The kitchen is 11' wide by 13' deep and we want to put in an island. What is the minimal spacing around an island?

Is anyone familiar with kitchen software to sketch out a couple of ideas? What software do you recommend?

Any thoughts?

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2024/04/06
23:29 UTC

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Stairs installation questions - replacing old ones

We have a old staircase using cheap particle board installed by the previous owner that I want to replace with solid wood ones. The stair is very squeaky at the moment, there are only two stringers, 36" appart.. Some questions:

  • Risers or Treads first?
  • Since the stringers are 36" appart, should I add additionnal support somehow? (adding another stringer is not possible)
  • Is adding a rabbet in the risers and a dado in the tread the best approach to have no gaps or is it overkill?
  • Do you fasten the treads from the top to the stringers or rely only on glue?
  • Sanding / Staining / Finishing the boards; before or after install? (or dry-fit then finish then install?)

Photos: https://imgur.com/a/DP02TUX

Thanks for any advice!

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2024/04/06
23:28 UTC

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I'd like to do a lot of medium to large size home improvements over the next year. Would it be effective to hire a general contractor/single point of contact to manage a lot of this, or best to independently manage each project?

I'm trying to do a lot over the next year, and the idea of independently managing all these projects has my head spinning a bit. Trying to figure out if it would be effective to try and pay someone else to manage it collectively. I'm early in my research, but I'm estimating all of this to be in the range of $100k to $150k, so if I could pay someone another $10k-$20k (or whatever it costs) to coordinate it all, it might be worth it, or in practice it might just be another layer of headaches to manage. And if it did make sense, how do I even find someone to manage it all?

I would expect this person to understand the work, find potential vendors, provide me quotes and options, oversee the day-to-day work, ensure quality and escalate concerns to me, etc...

Here's a sample of the kind of stuff I'm trying to accomplish:

  • Replace lower level floors (vinyl)
  • Remodel main stairway (rebuild and modernize steps, replace banisters)
  • Paint lower level including repairing various cosmetic cracks
  • Replace all upper level carpet
  • Paint and make various cosmetic repairs to two bathrooms
  • Remodel laundry room (including tearing down a small wall and expanding)
  • Paint and repair external porch columns (woodpecker damage)
  • Re-asphalt driveway
  • Replace front bay window
  • Various electrical repairs (handful of lights and switches that no longer work for unknown reasons)
  • New electrical needs (a few new outlets and wiring for security cameras)
  • Install several new light fixtures (electrical already run)
  • Replace/reenforce basement steps
  • Install hot tub (including running electrical)
  • Garage remodel, including suspension system to store a small 12' sailboat
  • Replace blinds in pretty much whole house
  • Replace several exterior doors
  • Tear out and replace cement walkway
  • Full landscaping of front and back yard
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2024/04/06
23:21 UTC

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Replace subfloor?

I noticed that the plank subfloor in the room seemed like it was in bad condition. Should I replace the old plank sub flooring with something such as plywood subfloor, advantech subfloor or just leave it as is and install the new finished flooring? I was concerned about the condition of the subfloor. It's also not level in certain areas of the room.

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2024/04/06
23:16 UTC

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Drywall leak question

I just noticed there are two small bubbles in the pain on my drywall. I touched one and it did not seem cold or wet. On the other side is the garage with the pipe and water heater. Does this look concerning? I appreciate any advice. It might have been like this for awhile but I just noticed it.

The home is 4 years old and a slab. Thanks a lot.

photo of wall. https://imgur.com/a/fyq3aIa

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2024/04/06
23:09 UTC

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Built a drainage system in my back yard

https://youtube.com/watch?v=9knmeZ_DckY&feature=shared

DIYer. I work in healthcare and am lucky enough to live in the same state as french drain man so I don't have to pay for freight. I picked up all the drainage pipe from his office in person. Dug the trenches all myself. Check it out

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2024/04/06
23:08 UTC

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Soundproofing a room

it’s been a minute since I’ve enjoyed watching movies in my living room because I have a neighbor who would call the cops on me every time it was too loud. which wasn’t very too often but it does get annoying. Even the cops say it’s not loud and this is 1 PM in the afternoon. my living room wall and his bedroom wall are about 12 feet apart with a wooden 6 foot fence in between us. He doesn’t even have a window on his bedroom wall. Neither does my living room.

I have 6 or 8 inch round speakers inserted into my living room wall, two more of the same style speakers on the living room ceiling farther back from the TV a 10 inch subwoofer box that gets moved around the living room. And the center speaker above the TV. that are both inserted into the wall.

I do not want to put foam paneling on my walls that are visible.

my question is will form paneling work on the outside of the wall or on the fence between us. I might pull the speakers out of the wall and put foam pane inside the wall before putting the speakers back on same with the ceiling and a foam pad for the bass box.

but will foam paneling outside of the wall that is between his bedroom wall and my living room wall work?

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2024/04/06
23:07 UTC

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Quartz Countertops and Heat? Looking for input from quartz countertop owners?

I am looking at countertops and it seems quartz is the preferred material these days. However, I am little confused about its resistance to heat damage. From what I read, I cannot sustain more than 150 degrees and there are some awful photo out there of damage. One one claims it was from a hot bag of popcorn. However, many ratings say it is excellent in resisting heat. I have teens and I can just see one putting a cookie sheet on the counter. Can anyone out there with quartz tell me your real life experiences? ty.

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2024/04/06
23:02 UTC

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Can these blocks and joists be removed?

Pictures linked at the bottom. My wife and I are opening up our breezeway to be lifted rather than a flat ceiling (old owners have nailed up wood panels).

Is there a way for us to tell if these horizontal ceiling joists are providing support to the roof? And how about the smaller blocks between the ceiling joists? Are those providing support, or just there to hold up the panels?

Thanks!

https://imgur.com/a/wiKEusN

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2024/04/06
22:59 UTC

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AC unit for crank windows

The place I rent has those old school windows that crank open and swing outward, and the ac is permanently broken. I want to get some kind of ac unit in here because summers get pretty brutal, but I’m not sure what would work and some of what I found on google was super expensive, upwards of over $700. To clarify, I am not looking for a whole home AC unit, just something similar to a window unit that is compatible with the dinosaur windows that I have.

Please let me know your suggestions!

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2024/04/06
22:53 UTC

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Ways to Hang a Shelf Without Drilling

I own a house from 1949 that has plaster rock lathe walls and seems to always have sheet metal in the wall where I want to hang things. Since I have no easy way of ensuring that sheet metal isn't protecting something, I just can't hang anything. I'm really wanting to hang a shelf on this one wall, but when we drilled in to place a toggle bolt, unsurprisingly, we hit what sounds like sheet metal.

I'm curious if anyone knows of a way I can hang a shelf without the annoyance of these walls. All that I intend to put on the shelf is a diffuser, a small plant, and a digital picture frame.

Thank you for any suggestions!

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2024/04/06
22:47 UTC

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Electrical panel upgrade additions

Planning to upgrade to 200A panel, anything else that's a nice upgrade to do while doing this? Is a transfer switch easy to do after anytime?

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2024/04/06
22:45 UTC

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What profession would assess if I have a problem here?

Last September, I closed on a house built in 1920 that was then renovated in 2021. A family lived here, then they got a divorce and I bought it in 2023.

As part of the renovation, the front section of my house got some new concrete foundation and a deck above. Inspection thought nothing of this (I had a paid inspector and also a VA inspector look at this house) but I just noticed these 2 cracks that appear to go exactly where new concrete starts. Inside the house, the basement ends right at these crack lines (meaning the basement does not reach the new renovated areas, its original size).

I don’t have a leak but I just noticed the cracks and well…I’m a worrier by nature so now I’m worried lol. Is there anything I should be concerned about? Who do I call? Do I just patch this myself?

Thanks for the help, I’ll answer any questions if you need extra details or photos

https://imgur.com/a/PBT1x82

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2024/04/06
22:38 UTC

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Self-install garage door screen?

Hello! I'm looking at garage door screens, and I wondering what the level of effort is to install a garage door screen, on a scale of 0 - 10. Zero being change the filter in the fridge and 10 being wire in and install potlights.

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2024/04/06
22:36 UTC

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how can i fix this? please help

my boyfriend kicked my door in, how can i fix this?! link in comments

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2024/04/06
22:32 UTC

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Back splash suggestions and a few others

https://imgur.com/a/pSPluWV (pictures)

Hey everyone Been wanting to change my backsplash and possibly drawer pulls, any suggestions?

I wanted to change the covering on fire place as well, should it/could it match the back splash?

Oven might need replacing (going to try a few parts first but likely getting a new one) - if so, do you recommend eye level?

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2024/04/06
22:19 UTC

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Back splash suggestions and a few others

https://imgur.com/a/pSPluWV (pictures)

Hey everyone Been wanting to change my backsplash and possibly drawer pulls, any suggestions?

I wanted to change the covering on fire place as well, should it/could it match the back splash?

Oven might need replacing (going to try a few parts first but likely getting a new one) - if so, do you recommend eye level?

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2024/04/06
22:19 UTC

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Changing Interior Deadbolts

This is very strange to me , but we bought this house and several of the doors leading to the outside porch has deadbolt locks that you need to use a key to lock/unlock. Can I change it to the twist knob or do I have to replace the whole lock?

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2024/04/06
22:15 UTC

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Hex bolt stuck in 10mm socket, how to get out?

I was putting a new battery in my car and was tightening one of the terminal connections when the head of the hex bolt broke off into the socket on my ratchet. It got wedged in at a weird angle and I'm finding it impossible to remove. Any ideas on what I might try?

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2024/04/06
22:13 UTC

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What would be the best way to fix the drainage problem on my back walkway?

image for reference

I had my back walkway leveled to keep water from pooling against the house, however it still pools where the slab from my garage meets the walkway. There is a nearby garage downspout, but I have no idea whether it's possible for me to drain water to it - particularly since it is mostly extracted by a shrub that I would have to deal with to get to it.

I could also do a French drain of some kind, but given the location of the water I'm not sure where to drain it to.

Any advice on the ideal solution?

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2024/04/06
22:09 UTC

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What is this "growth" and how do I get rid of it?

Wide Shot | Close-Up 1 | Close-Up 2

Short Form: What is this "growth", how do I get rid of it? I've tried bleach spray, straight bleach, Lysol, a blow torch, and lighter fluid then set aflame. It always... comes... back. What you see in the "wide" picture is 48 hours of "growth." Any suggestions of what I might try to be rid of it, once and for all?

Long Form: Due to a protracted legal battle with a flooring contractor, a pile of carpet, carpet padding, and miscellaneous debris was left to sit on my back for more than nine months. I was forbidden, by a court order, from manipulating the pile in any way. In that time, winter arrived, and the pile became saturated by rain water. Soon thereafter, this "growth" began to appear in, on, under, and around the pile. The legal battle finally resolved a few weeks ago in my favor, and I was finally free to haul the debris away. But this doggone "growth" keeps coming back. See the "Short Form" above for what I've tried thus far.

Thank you, everyone, for any meaningful / helpful solutions that might help me get rid of this "growth." This post is less about the causative action/agent (the legal dispute), and more about how to get rid of the "growth." I appreciate everyone staying focused on that aspect.

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2024/04/06
21:59 UTC

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DIY drying wet crawlspace

So I was silly and left the hose on over winter (and also apparently have over pressured water to my house), but when I went to turn on the hose last week nothing came out and I saw water coming out of a vent from my crawl space.

It was just one broken pipe, and it would only leak when the spigot was turned on, so there was only ~30 seconds of leaking I believe. The pipe has been repaired, but the plumber said there was water and my sill plate was wet and referred us to a restoration company.

I really, really would like to avoid having to pay something outrageous to resolve this as my family has a high amount of high expense things happening this year.

I went into the crawlspace myself and went back to the area of interest. Its not fully encapsulated, just has black tarps (or whatever they are) layered on top of each other throughout the crawlspace. The area near the pipe that had bust looked like it had what may be a few cups worth of water over like a ~6 foot area, but at the time I didn't crawl over it all to get to where the pipe was. I had seen pics the plumber took and the wood was obviously wet. I pulled back the tarp by the wall and it did look like it could be damp, but I didn't check multiple places to see if that was just what the ground looked like at that depth.

The crawl space has numerous vents outside around the house (I want to say around 8ish). I was going to clean up the standing water on the tarps with a shop vac (or I could literally just use a towel and mop it).

If I wanted to also be able to properly dry out the wood (and ground if needed), what would the appropriate action(s) be? I commonly read to get a fan down there to circulate air. Is there a particular recommendation (I will need to buy one as I only have tower fans which are too bulky for my crawlspace)? Anything else I should be investing in?

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2024/04/06
21:59 UTC

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Plaster in crack turns red?

I just got my first home with the help of my parents and we have been fixing up some cracks and small holes in the walls but there is the one larger crack that when the plaster started drying on it right where the crack was it turned red. We joked with my young sister to scare her that the house is haunted and that it is blood but it must just be some sort of chemical reaction right? I am just wondering if it is dangerous and is something we need to be concerned about. It is kind of a dusty light red and while the crack shows threw the plaster itself still feels flat.

If anyone knows what is happening or have had it happen to themselves please let me know, thank you!

Small edit: my brother in law thinks there might be iron in the old paint that the crack exposed. What do you all think?

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2024/04/06
21:55 UTC

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Bowed butcher block countertop, is this fixable?

Old home (dry desert climate) we bought this past year, theres one section of 24"x 60" butcher block counter thats old and food/coffee stained and developed a slight concavity along the 24" dimension. 60" dimension seems straight. It's 10" from the sink so im sure theres been years of water pooling or whatever.

I think a sanding and some re-sealing would look amazing but that concave bow is the only thing... think its possible to remove it?

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2024/04/06
21:51 UTC

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Help - Replaced ceiling lights with leds and now they wont both turn on at the same time

Hi, just got some lcd lights to replace my ceiling lights, there are 2 in the same circuit and when you turn them in there is a few milliseconds delay between them, they wont start at the same time. Is this expected of led lights or is there something wrong?

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2024/04/06
21:41 UTC

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Is my air filter filled with mold, dust, what is this black color?

I’ve never seen an air filter this bad before.

https://imgur.com/a/RFwbkX5

15 Comments
2024/04/06
21:39 UTC

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Cabinet Paint Advice

I'm painting one single lower cabinet for my living room. I want it to match my walls.

If I was painting a whole kitchen, I'd go cabinet paint route, but I'd love to use the paint I already have for the walls. I'm using Ben Moore Regal and hope to use that on the cabinet. (I understand BM Advance is a better paint for cabinets).

Am I crazy if I just sand, prime, and use the Regal paint or will I regret it in three years. Any advice it's appreciated. Thanks!

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2024/04/06
21:37 UTC

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1920s Florida Craftsman Bungalow - Front Porch Deck

So I need to remove and replace my somewhat small covered front porch on my 1927 Florida Bungalow. I bought in 2019; porch was already showing some signs of rot at a couple board ends, since then its gotten worse and I feel like just replacing it myself. Its currently painted 1x4 T&G pine. Obviously not original but i like the look. I got under it and joists are in great shape. I want to stay with a real wood product but all I can find is untreated pine T&G. Is that what I need to use? If so I'm assuming I need to prime and paint both top and bottom. I thought about cedar but I can seem to find any that's not "v-groove" T&G. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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2024/04/06
21:34 UTC

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Outdoor outlet (with switch) suddenly doesn't work

I am seriously stumped because it feels like I have tried everything! I have an outlet set into my garden that has an on/off switch beside it. It used to power a fountain, but the water slowly stopped coming out, and now the outlet doesn't power anything. It's not a GFCI outlet. There's a frayed plug that's part of the unit - I think it had to be plugged in and the switch turned ON for the fountain to start.

Things I've tried:

  • turning off and on all the breakers (nothing happens)
  • resetting all the GFCIs (1 outside, 2 in bathroom)
  • looking in crawlspace, garage, under sink, in other bathroom for hidden GFCIs (none)
  • looking outside for a sub panel (can't find one)
  • flipping switches on and off that might stop the power going to the outlet (nothing happened)

The only things I can think of are a loose connection? Or the frayed plug needs to be replaced?The outlet itself is in a wooden box in the dirt so there's spiderwebs and dirt and stuff in the actual prong holes. I can't really thoroughly clean it out without taking it apart. I don't want to replace the entire unit if I can help it though.

Thank you for any ideas!

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2024/04/06
21:32 UTC

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