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Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

How to decide who's the best for a big commercial renovation project?

We're spending several million dollars to renovate our community health centre. We've received several bid proposals for the prime consultant function who will do the design/architecting and then oversee the mechanical, electrical, signage, building code etc. I'm helping assess the proposals. What should I look for? What are danger signs? What questions should I ask of the bidders when they come in to present? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jun 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Best intensive courses for learning to build or renovate your own home

I am looking for 1 week to month long classes that do hands-on teaching of basic carpentry, plumbing, and wiring skills for people who want to rehab houses. I am considering buying a fixer-upper and need to know what tools I need, how to use them safely, how to conform to the local building code, and when I will need to hire outside help. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges on Jun 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Contractor said county might baloon my renovation to 4x cost!

I'm looking at buying a house that is too small, but has an upstairs attic room that I thought could be renovated--adding a long shed dormer along the back and extending the wall to a 3' knee. Whether or not I can make the changes at a reasonable cost will determine whether I want to buy the house. I talked to a contractor and he said costs depend on the county. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me beat the heat (in my attic)!

Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi on Jul 3, 2012 - 12 answers

it doesn't look like it'll kill us. i think.

When househunting, what are signs of quality renovation? What are signs of a shoddy renovation? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine on Feb 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Please help me not screw up this home renovation project

Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Where can I find a black honed countertop supplier (either natural or composite)

Where can I find a black, honed countertop similar to the one in this shot that isn't made of granite? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Tell me how I can hire a contractor without getting ripped off?

Tell me how I can hire a contractor without getting ripped off? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Feb 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Help me be an informed remodeler.

Please recommend resources for learning about home remodeling, particularly basement finishing. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Apr 30, 2009 - 3 answers

I'm great with graph paper but...

Advice/tips on re-tiling a kitchen floor... [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Sep 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Let There Be Light!

I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Aug 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Garage renovation

Need ideas and suggestions for converting a detached two-car garage into a home office and a more efficient storage space. The garage is roughly 20' x 20' and about 70 years old, uninsulated, unvented, with a poured concrete floor. What are some features we should think about adding, and what are some possible pitfalls? Before/after photos and personal stories of renovation/conversion also sought. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jul 3, 2007 - 13 answers

Is my neighbor's second bathroom going to make my building crumble?

What are the risks associated with adding a second bathroom to an old apartment building not necessarily "wired" for the task? [more inside]
posted by waterbottle on Apr 6, 2007 - 11 answers

DIY Roofing

Roofing filter day

My wife has decided that we need a new roof and that we're going to do it ourselves. I'm not opposed to this, well, okay I am, but stilll....

How do we price this out for ourselves? Any denizens or askmefi have any experience in this? We have asphalt shingles now and will stick with same.

My wife says thanks in advance.
posted by damnitkage on Jul 20, 2004 - 23 answers

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