1. Run an outlet above the cabinets. Plug in some LED rope lights and run them along the tops, but hidden behind the front trim. Will look great with that faint glow above the tops of the cabinets at night.

  2. It really depends upon your existing appliances. Some furnaces can be converted from propane to natural gas fairly easily and cheaply; others can't be converted at all. Same goes for the others appliances. My suggestion is that you consult with a local plumber/HVAC specialist, to have him come analyze your heat and hot-water fixtures (and, perhaps, the fireplace), and let you know what's involved in converting them. As for the stove, since it's fairly new, you can probably just use Google to search the model and find out info about whether it can be converted and what's involved.

  3. If it says it's rated for a fan, then the box, itself, is not a problem. There's no way to know, from just that pic, whether it was mounted securely above. But, if you can tug on it and it's not moving, I think you'll be fine.

  4. Thank you! Appreciate the detailed response. Not using that shower again until I get a pro to check it out, as well as the crawlspace for any water damage. Even though my home warranty was up 9 months ago, I am looking to make the builder take care of this, as he subcontracted the tile work and it was done incorrectly.

  5. Certainly worth contacting the builder. He might somehow compel the tile guy to fix it, at no cost to the builder.

  6. You can just replace it. The bath-rated light will come with whatever it needs. If you don't have access to it from above (such as an attic floor), it means you'll have to open up part of the ceiling, obviously.

  7. That looks like LVP flooring falling apart from an improper install and/or other issues. If so, nothing you do is going to make it "good as new" again, but there are some things you may be able to do to make it look a bit better and not be a dangerous trip hazard.

  8. Where it connects to the black Fernco coupling? No, though you may need to adjust that clamp. If you mean the white-to-white coupling just before that, then yes, there is typically a ring inside there.

  9. It depends on the food. Sometimes, even "rotten" food can be edible, or edible after being sterilized. However, in some cases, the food breaking down (often with the aid of bacteria) can actually create a toxic, non-living substance (in simple terms, a poisonous chemical). Since that toxin is not living cells, it isn't always destroyed by heat, but it can still poison a person.

  10. Yes, those should have been caulked when it was installed. There's probably leaks and mold growth behind it now. 100% silicone.

  11. Not necessarily. Sometimes, those tub-surround kits specifically say not to caulk the seams. They are sometimes designed so that if water gets into the seams anywhere, it will always flow down and out into the tub, rather than getting behind the surround. Caulking the seams in such a surround might actually impede that ability and trap moisture behind the caulk.

  12. It's a large combination of things. For example. . . .

  13. I'll try to explain. It'll take a bit. Fortunately, I'm literally waiting for some spackle to finish drying, so I can paint. :)

  14. The blow-in is usually cheaper/easier to install. It's also usually better, because it's usually thicker and, therefore, provides more insulating quality. Putting insulation bats between the floor joists, however, can allow you to use the attic for storage more easily. Putting insulation only on the underside of the roof means that the attic will be more climate-controlled, but you'll be paying to heat/cool your attic.

  15. It's not great, but it's not abnormal. Some are just lazy. And, of course, even going up on the roof would only help so much, as the most-important things (such as the proper installation of flashing under the shingles) often can't be seen, anyway.

  16. You might try a thru-wall ventilation fan. A vent, alone, doesn't provide much airflow. A fan could blow air into the closet, and you could leave the existing vent in place to circulate the air back out.

  17. That's a somewhat atypical gas hookup, but nothing I would be concerned about. It's normal piping, and it's properly capped off, and it's apparently not leaking (or you would smell gas). From my experience, it's unusual to see the flexible gas line coming out of the wall like that, but it's nothing to panic about. And it will be behind the stove, anyway, so it's not like you're accidentally going to hit it with something.

  18. That green part that is touching the stucco is your door jamb and needs to be removed. If you just try to remove the jamb, there's a chance that it will damage the stucco. Ideally, you need to neatly cut between the jamb and the stucco, so that the jamb will not pull the stucco away, when the jamb is removed. It's possible you may be able to do that with a utility knife; if not, you may need to use something like an oscillating cutting tool. Once you do that, remove the door from the hinges, remove the inside door trim, and either try prying the bottoms of the jamb inward, or better yet, carefully cut the nails holding the jamb to the studs, using something like a recipro saw, and then pry. You might also find it easier to cut the jamb into pieces while in place, and remove it in sections, or at least cut the door jamb free from the sill.

  19. Well, you didn't need to say "solar system," since all of the plants in our solar system grow only on one planet.

  20. You don’t actually know that… you can assume it’s not true, but you don’t know for certain

  21. That's what I get for shaving with Occam's Razor, this morning.

  22. Two separate people. You want a skilled and licensed electrician, for the electrical work. But, they command a high wage, so even if he's willing and qualified to do the soundproofing, too, it would be a waste of money to have him do it.

  23. Yup. That or just "oscillating tool." You'll find them at Home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon, Harbor Freight, etc.

  24. I know someone who recently installed one of those backlit house numbers, just so people can always see it clearly from the street. (He, too, has a single digit house number.) It actually looks pretty cool. I don't have a pic, but it's similar to the ones you'll find here:

  25. You can just go on Amazon and search for "ceiling fan light cap," and you'll find a bunch of them.

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