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Is this home worth it?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ October 30, 2015

I am looking at buying a cheap house that needs some major upgrades, including raising the ceiling. I would like to make it a cathedral ceiling. The roof looks like it is sagging and would need to be redone anyway. Is it worth buying a house under 100,000 if it needs these big remodels? Any ideas of what I could expect to pay? Thanks.

-Amy

Is it possible my I-joist is damaged?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ July 24, 2015

My home had I-joists supporting the plywood floor. I had the plywood replaced, and when the contractors were pulling it up, I noticed they were ripping off a top layer of the joists. I asked them to stop and called the foreman over to evaluate. He says it did not damage the integrity of the I-beam, but I don't know if I can trust his word on that. What do you think?

-Carlos

Can I safely move a support post?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ July 10, 2015

I bought a house with an unfinished basement and there's a support post right in the middle of the I-beam. To properly frame out the room, is it possible to move it three feet off center and not have it cause any issues structurally? It's a two-story home.

-Denis

Whose job is it to measure for a kitchen remodel?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ June 17, 2015

The design plan of my new kitchen cabinets said the end of the cabinets would terminate with inches of wall space showing. When the cabinets were installed there was a whole foot of wall space. When I questioned my contractor, he said it's not his job to measure - it's my job. Is this true?

-SO

How can I remove a column from my basement?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ February 24, 2015

I have a structural beam in my basement that has a 15 foot span with a lally column at seven feet. The beam is three 2x8s pocketed into the foundation on both sides. There are no walls or beams above this beam. How can I remove it?

-Anthony

What are the best boards to use for building a deck?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ January 7, 2015

I want to build a 16" x 16" deck. What size boards should I use?

-Mike

What's the best way to move a washer and dryer?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ December 22, 2014

If I wanted to relocate my washer and dryer to a newly constructed out building to save a little room in my house, how would I handle the drainage? Also, if I created a rain garden next to the out building, can I drain it into the rain garden?

How do I reattach wires going from the thermostat to the fireplace?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ December 22, 2014

I have a continental gas fireplace, and the wires from the thermostat to the fireplace have come disconnected at the fireplace. There are four wires: yellow, red, green, and black. There are three vertical terminal posts labeled from top to bottom TP TH, TP, and TH. Can you tell me which wires go where? Thanks.

-Gary

How can I restore peeling cabinets?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ December 8, 2014

My kitchen cabinets are oak/particle board. The two lower cabinets by the sink are peeling and the finish has peeled away. Is there a way to fix this? I am afraid if I go to the effort to refinish them, they won't match the cabinets on the top.

-AM

How do I get rid of black mold?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ September 15, 2014

My home doesn't have a foundation - it has a concrete floor. The outside of my home has siding. I am starting to get a lot of black mold inside my home on almost all my walls from the bottom of the wall up to about two feet high. What materials do I need to eliminate this problem?

-Alek