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Tub Drain Redo

Installing a new tub. Pulled the old out and the existing P trap, elbow, etc. is just a bit off from where I need everything to be. The first elbow is right up against the joist on that side....
08-22-18, 06:43 PM
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Is it even possible to remove tile and thinset...

Is it even possible to remove tile and thinset from backer board without destroying it?
08-22-18, 12:32 PM
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Best Tool to Remove Thinset from Wood Floor

I'm going to be removing an existing tile floor from my bathroom and replacing. Assuming there is a layer of thinset under the backerboard, what's the best tool to remove the thinset from a wood...
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Cutting installed hardwood

I am installing a new sliding door on the back of my house and I'm pretty sure the new door is a little bit thicker than the aluminum one from the '80's. This will require that I cut the flooring...
01-27-16, 03:19 PM
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Tips for replacing windows

I am replacing my old aluminum windows throughout my house with Milgard vinyl. I have never replaced a window before and while I think I have a good grasp on the big steps, the little ones I am not...
08-04-15, 11:50 AM
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How to measure for new windows

I am replacing the windows in my house and all the measurements I see are for the rough opening of the window. Is there any method aside from taking out the trim inside the house to get this...
08-01-15, 06:20 PM
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Some answers

Sorry for the delay, been on vacation. I live in Woodinville, so western washington. I have wood siding - I think it's called lap siding? I plan on doing the work myself by doing the following:...
07-23-15, 03:34 PM
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Replacing the windows for my home

So I received a quote from Home Depot in the 'you gotta be ****ting me' range so I guess its DIY time. I would appreciate any help with the following:

(My house is mid 80's construction with...
05-20-14, 03:06 PM
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Thoughts on raised garden bed materials

So my wife doesn't want to use chemically treated lumber for the beds so I was wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the type of wood to use. I looked at cedar but it seems awful spendy...
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General gutter questions and help

I am planning on replacing my gutters (they're old, beat to **** and leaky) but I know nothing about them:

What is the best type of material?

I've seen companies that have a truck roll out to...
05-16-14, 01:09 PM
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How to add exterior trim to windows

My house windows have no trim on them (similar to the first picture) and before I paint the house I wanted to explore what it would take to add it, technique, etc. I'd like to add simple square trim...
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How to figure out stairs

I am building a deck and I'm now at the point where I need to add stairs. The deck ends up being about 4 feet off the ground where the stairs will be. How do I figure out where the stairs will...
02-26-14, 01:12 PM
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Washington Lawn Help

I live near the Seattle area and I am looking for some advice on general lawn care. I have some moss and a fair amount of thatch. What I was thinking of doing for a good lawn care routine:

Moss...
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Camo Hidden Fastner System

Anyone used the Camo system for composite decks yet? Any feedback?

Also, anyone know how to attach the edge boards with such a system?
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How to attach composite fascia

putting some composite fascia on the front of my deck - Azek white - and the local deck store said I should use these special fasteners from Tibertech and a special bit that bores and countersinks...
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Yet another rookie question: best method to...

Yet another rookie question: best method to notch and shim the joists.

How exactly do you notch a joist? Cut the sides and use a chisel?

When shimming the joists do I add the composite...
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Advice on making deck joists level

First time deck builder here. I leveled the joists at the ledger and attempted to sequence the boards according to size before I installed but I still have a bit of a rollercoaster going on where...
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One other thing Would you recommend adding...

One other thing

Would you recommend adding the aggregate to the surface after pouring or adding it to the mixer as I go. I ran across an article just now about something called the monolithic...
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Thanks everyone for the replies - this is one of...

Thanks everyone for the replies - this is one of those things that seems to be hard to find information on so it helps a rookie out like me.

BridgeMan45 - I think your method seems the most...
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How to pebble concrete sidewalk

I need to add a section of concrete on the existing side of a walk and the existing concrete is pebbled. I already tried this once and after the stones wouldn't stick real well I think I did it...
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Decks stairs question

I've done some internet research (I'm an expert now!) on how to build deck stairs but I have some simple questions:


What size should I use for the stair sides? 2x10? or 2x12 maybe?
I am...
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Pebbled concrete help

I poured a small slab (2' by 8') next to an existing pebbled slab and I thought I pebbled it well. Now its dried and it seems a good chunk of the pebbles aren't secured real well - can this rookie...
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Pouring new slab against exisiting slab

I'm putting new steps in for my porch but the previous steps just landed in the dirt and I want to land them on concrete. directly in front of the steps is the concrete sidewalk area and so I want...
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How would I secure the post? I haven't run...

How would I secure the post? I haven't run across a 4x4" to 2x10" (or whatever) connector. I'm concerned with the look of the front of the deck
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sorry, probably should have explained that one. ...

sorry, probably should have explained that one. The post is just decorative, no support.

If you were going to support the deck how would you go about it?
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