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bath vanity - attaching the top

Hi all! I purchased a new bath vanity and bought a separate sink top - it was the recommended dimensions for the vanity base. But when placing it on, when it's centered it seems like a bit of a...
06-11-17, 01:25 PM
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Posted By amatuer

baseboard around heating vents

Hi all,

In my basement where I'm putting up new baseboard, I have two heating duct vents that come out very close to the floor. I'm not sure exactly how to deal with these. The flooring is a vinyl...
06-11-17, 01:19 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Thanks everyone! I ended up purchasing a used...

Thanks everyone! I ended up purchasing a used Dewalt cordless 16 gauge angled nail gun off of craigslist. It was a lot cheaper than the compressor options I was finding. So far - I love it! It's...
05-30-17, 09:34 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Thanks everyone, this is helpful! If I do buy...

Thanks everyone, this is helpful! If I do buy one, would you recommend a 16 gauge or 18 gauge? Which one would be more likely to be useful again in the future? And is angled vs. straight important? I...
05-30-17, 05:03 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Nailing baseboard & door trim

Hi all - I have never tried to do any trim work myself, but there's a first time for everything! I am planning to do all my own baseboard and door trim in my newly finished basement. I assume I put...
05-20-17, 03:05 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Thanks, I will look for speedfinish! I didn't...

Thanks, I will look for speedfinish! I didn't install the shower, but looking under it there appears to be a separate mortar/concrete of some sort underneath the actual pan where you'd stand. It's...
05-15-17, 07:45 PM
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Posted By amatuer

gap between shower and floor

I'm in the processing of laying vinyl planks down for my new bathroom. The original concrete floor was very busted up and rough b/c the plumbers didn't do a great job of patching after they installed...
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Posted By amatuer

barrier where trim should go - how to get around this?

Hello all! I am finishing a basement bathroom and I have a spot where there is a board that sticks out 1/2 inch from the wall at the very base. It's my fault...the board is securing a hidden pocket...
04-29-17, 07:02 PM
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Views: 1,068
Posted By amatuer

Thanks everyone! I got the materials and plan on...

Thanks everyone! I got the materials and plan on doing this tomorrow (working on prep today). Question - how messy is the preparation of the mix? The bag says to pour the powder into water and I'm...
04-26-17, 05:36 PM
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Posted By amatuer

suspended ceiling around pipes

Hello again! I am putting up a suspended ceiling in my new bathroom and using 2x2 PVC-material tiles. I have a large cast iron pipe that will be exposed in the bathroom, but it means I need to cut...
04-24-17, 08:40 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Hi everyone! So I decided to go the ambitious...

Hi everyone! So I decided to go the ambitious route and do a full replacement. I recruited some help and a sawz all and the window and metal frame are now gone.

The concrete that's left is...
04-24-17, 08:22 PM
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Posted By amatuer

self leveling concrete tips

Hi all! I am putting in a new bathroom and will be using vinyl planks that look like wood as flooring (Mannington Adura). I know the subfloor needs to be as flat as possible but in this new bathroom,...
04-15-17, 09:36 PM
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Posted By amatuer

When I cut mine down, I used a sawzall to cut the...

When I cut mine down, I used a sawzall to cut the metal and a circular saw to cut the wood - if you had the right blades, you might be able to use the skil saw for both. The critical part is just...
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Posted By amatuer

priming & painting a cast iron pipe

Hi everyone! I am painting a cast iron pipe just to try to make it look decent in my basement. I first cleaned it using a steel brush and mineral spirits to get rid of as much rust as I could. And...
04-14-17, 04:17 PM
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Posted By amatuer

I just did this very same install recently! I...

I just did this very same install recently! I also used a very similar frame (here's the one I have:...
04-14-17, 04:05 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Thanks everyone! I nailed the corner bead up and...

Thanks everyone! I nailed the corner bead up and have put on two coats of mud. But I'm running into two problems yet.

First one is that whenever I perfect one side of the corner, I screw up the...
04-03-17, 10:00 PM
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Views: 1,296
Posted By amatuer

Thanks everyone! You're right that originally I...

Thanks everyone! You're right that originally I was hoping to leave what I could in place. However, after further inspection on the outside, the metal frame is quite rusted and I'm now re-thinking...
04-03-17, 09:57 PM
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Posted By amatuer

It looks like my joint compound is bubbling up?

Hi everyone - I was applying a second coat of mud to my new drywall tonight. Most if it went on just fine but there is one section that I cannnot get to be a nice flat texture. When I run the knife...
03-26-17, 02:17 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Ideas for making an old basement window look decent?

Hi everyone. I'm adding a bathroom to my basement and it just happens to be where a small ground-level window is. The window itself is in okay shape, but it is terribly ugly and not just a clean up...
03-26-17, 02:05 PM
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Posted By amatuer

How to finish outside corners?

Hi all! I just finished hanging all my drywall in my new bathroom and am ready to start taping - I've done taping but never on outside corners before (I have 2 in this bathroom). I bought two metal...
03-17-17, 08:34 PM
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Posted By amatuer

How to drywall up to shower?

Greetings everyone! My new basement bathroom is coming along- I'd like to do the drywall myself but one area I have no idea how to tackle is this small wall that's in place just to support the...
03-05-17, 08:04 PM
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Posted By amatuer

Yikes, ok, sounds like I can't just add tandems...

Yikes, ok, sounds like I can't just add tandems and probably should get rid of the one that's in there already.

I know nothing about sub-panels...what would the cost of one of these be? And how...
03-05-17, 04:49 PM
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Views: 740
Posted By amatuer

Thanks! Here are a couple of pictures -...

Thanks! Here are a couple of pictures - unfortunately I have no idea how old the panel is. Is there a way to tell?

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03-05-17, 12:42 PM
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Views: 740
Posted By amatuer

Upgrade electrical panel?

Hi everyone! I had an electrician at my house a few days ago b/c I'm putting in a bathroom in my basement. He said he could wire in the new lights and outlets in my current panel, but b/c it's full,...
02-26-17, 11:05 AM
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Views: 5,964
Posted By amatuer

This will be a 3/4 bath - sink, toilet and walk...

This will be a 3/4 bath - sink, toilet and walk in shower. I am planning to put in an exhaust fan as well. One of the interior walls (where the door is) goes out to a rec room/family room and the...
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