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    Composite I-beam question

    Not sure this is the correct thread for the my question, but since it involves structural integrity, might be the best place. I have a finished ceiling in the stairway going into my basement and there is a low area at the bottom due to the composite I-beam which runs across it. This beam is...
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    Help with stove wiring question.

    I’m installing a new range (cooktop and oven combo, Amana) in a house which previously had a gas stove. New panel with a new breaker, so should be good. I ran orange 10/3 wiring (15’ run) and was in the process of hooking it up when I started to wonder if the gauge of the wire is correct. The...
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    Best way to patch wood flooring?

    I’m working on an old house for my son and removed the carpet to expose the hardwood floor. The boards in the living has some damage, but it’s mostly in good shape. I’m wondering if I can use wood putty to path and then stain it / color it to match? I know it won’t be perfect, just looking for...
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    Light dim when using power tools

    I’m remodeling an older house which originally had a 60 amp main with screw in fuses. I’ve upgraded the electric panel to 100 amp service and had a certified electrician replace the main supply line from the meter to the panel and install a new ground. I’ve installed a new plug and new wire to...
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    Electrical box grounding or supply issue?

    I’ve replaced an old screw in fuse panel with a new 100 amp panel and breakers. When using a corded circular saw plugged into one of the new circuits (14g wire), all the lights in the house (on separate circuits) would dim. Is this caused by a bad ground, bad feeder wire from meter to box, too...
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    Difficult to replace cast iron stack?

    I have opened up an old kitchen wall and have quite a mess (see photo.) I’m planning on replacing all the plumbing with pex, but the old cast iron stack is concerning. Is this something I can replace myself with schedule 40? How difficult would this be? Any suggestions? Thanks.
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    Help with floating wall and rotten beams

    Well, working on a flip house with a sagging floor and the situation is really bad. The wall between the kitchen and the bath has zero support and the three main beams in the kitchen have rot. I’m planning on sistering on new 2x8’s to the three bad beams but what is the best way to solve for...
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    Old cast iron plumbing stack question

    I’m in the process of remodeling a home with big issues and need some guidance. The house was build in the mid 40’s and had some significant water damage. While removing the damaged flooring and wall, I exposed the old cast iron plumbing stack which appears to have some growth on it. As far as...
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    Roof got soaked after they stripped shingles

    So, to be clear, I know nothing about roofing. Zero. Zip. Hired a professional company to install a roof on my parents house a few weeks ago. Got a call yesterday they were going to roof the house today and I was concerned because the forecast for today was rain up until noon. Early this...
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    Help fixing ledge on board.

    This is an odd situation. Kitchen counter ledge has absorbed some dog ear medicine from a bottle which leaked. It was painted but still absorbed and expanded, which makes me think it could be MDF. Don’t know. I’m assuming to repair I should start by sanding but then what’s the next best...
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    Middle of house sinking

    I have bought my childhood home and getting ready to do some remodeling. There is some structural issues with the main wall in the middle of the house which runs between the bathroom and the kitchen. Apparently there has been water leakage throughout the years which caused the joist in this area...
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    Hanging lift in garage ceiling with composite LP beams.

    Looking for help on hanging a Racor lift from my garage ceiling. It has the LP composite I-beams / engineered I-beams and I’m a little concerned with hanging weight from the screws tapped into the bottom. I’m looking to lift and store my Jeep hardtop up at the ceiling when not in use, so...
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    Question on metal carport

    Apologize in advance for the odd question, but I have a metal carport and wondering how much weight the ceiling can hold. Has anybody stored anything from the ceiling? I have a Jeep Wrangler and would like to install a lift for the hard top, which would be stored elevated when off the Jeep...
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    Support 2x4 in attic? Can I remove?

    I’m in the process of expanding the above garage storage attic and have a question about a 2x4 which spans across the bottom of roof truss. I’m assuming it was put in as a temporary support while the roof was being put on, but not 100% sure. I’d like to remove it as it’s blocking access to...
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    Best way to treat garage door lintel?

    I’ve noticed the steel plate above my garage door (think it’s called a lintel) which provides support for the bricks is starting to rust and slight bow down. What’s the best way to prep and treat this so it won’t get worse? Should this be caulked or do I leave it open so water can drain from...
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    Saniflo vs Liberty vs Standard toilet

    Long time no post, but have a plumbing question for the group and need some advice. I have a small storage area behind my basement bar and looking to install a 1/2 bath. The plumbing stack for the house is there and it exits out of the house beneath the concrete floor. It’s located about five...
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    Foundation concern? How to fix?

    I recently purchased a camp cabin which is starting to show an in line crack, top to bottom. I’m concerned this is a structural issue since the cracks are in line and you can see it underneath the window as well. Looking at the photo, the left side was built on an existing concrete slab and...
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    Is there a minimum temp for mortar repair?

    I have some cracks in my existing mortar and I have received a quote to repair them. Question on temperature. I’m in Southern Indiana where the daytime high is mid 40’s and lows at night in the 20’s right now. I thought the temp had to be above 40 to do mortar work, but the guy who provided...
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    Question on brick mortar cracks.

    I have a house which was built in the early 90’s and some of the mortar joints are starting to crack. I’m wondering if I need to get this professionally repaired, can patch myself using Masonary caulk or if I need to do anything at all. I’ve attached a few photos. I have had one estimate for...
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    How to fix wood flooring in cabin

    Recently purchased a camp cabin which has some unique flooring and a situation I need to address. Apparently instead of using real tongue and groove flooring, the previous owner put down 1x10" and just laid them side-by-side. They were stained so they look nice. This issue is they went for...
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