• How much does it cost to completely gut and renovate 2600 sq ft house in NJ?

    This 2600 sq ft ranch style foreclosed house in NJ was built in 1960s. It needs complete renovation including 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, kitchen, and finished basement. I would like hardwood for all floors except tiles for the bathrooms. Kitchen needs new appliances and cabinets. I assume new roof is needed... show more
    This 2600 sq ft ranch style foreclosed house in NJ was built in 1960s. It needs complete renovation including 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, kitchen, and finished basement. I would like hardwood for all floors except tiles for the bathrooms. Kitchen needs new appliances and cabinets. I assume new roof is needed since there is a hole in the roof and some creature probably lives there. Small mold problem along the ceiling and a wall in the basement. Chimney may require some maintenance. Needs new furnace, water boiler, and maybe A/C. It has central air. Exterior walls, doors and windows are in good shape. It's a beautifully built home which was ruined by previous owner. I don't know anything about the swimming pool, so the pool probably needs whole new system. Since, it is being sold for much lower than the market price, I would greatly appreciate if someone can tell me a conservative cost to renovate this house.
    6 answers · 5 hours ago
  • How do I cut a glass bottle in half?

    I was interested in cutting the top off a bottle to create the bottom as a vase. Any suggestions? Bottle needs to remain intact.
    I was interested in cutting the top off a bottle to create the bottom as a vase. Any suggestions? Bottle needs to remain intact.
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • How to remove paint from painted wood floors (preferably without sanding), and what to do after?

    Hello! I want to remove paint from the wood floors in one bedroom. The paint is one layer, so there s no worries about multiple layers piled on top of each other. The floors were painted about ten years ago, so there s also no worries about lead paint. I would prefer to not use a sander, so I m wondering if there... show more
    Hello! I want to remove paint from the wood floors in one bedroom. The paint is one layer, so there s no worries about multiple layers piled on top of each other. The floors were painted about ten years ago, so there s also no worries about lead paint. I would prefer to not use a sander, so I m wondering if there is an alternative. I ve looked at products like Citri-Strip and SoyGel, but I m not sure if this is the right choice. I have no desire to repaint the floor, just want the wood!
    6 answers · 2 days ago
  • Should I let my daughter redo her room?

    Best answer: It depends on what you mean by redo it. If you are just deciding to change the color and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, I don't see a problem with that. It's relatively inexpensive and mainly costs time, which at that age she should be capable of handling a brush or roller and helping... show more
    Best answer: It depends on what you mean by redo it. If you are just deciding to change the color and put a fresh coat of paint on the walls, I don't see a problem with that. It's relatively inexpensive and mainly costs time, which at that age she should be capable of handling a brush or roller and helping out.

    However, if we are talking about replacing all the bedding, the furniture, and possibly getting new art for the walls, that's something that can cost a pretty penny and it's not something I'd want my kids deciding they want to do every 2-3 years.

    I can almost read between the lines of your question when you say this is the last time she will do this... We know that statement is not true. Because the needs of a 12-13 year old will certainly change once they reach age 16-17. Her teen idols will change. She may become more interested in causes. She may have a new BF or BFF that does not like the room she chose as a pre-teen. Or she may just want something that's more adult than what she picked.

    Figure out what the costs would be to redo the room. Better yet, have her do the math. Explain what materials will be needed so she can see how expensive the changes she wants will be. And make that cost hit home. Parents are not always made of money and it's important that be demonstrated by making any changes also affect her, such as costing her in chores or allowance.
    14 answers · 5 days ago
  • Mattress too big for bed?

    So I recently got a new mattress and bed - both of which I love - but the mattress is a few inches wider than the frame. It fit when I shoved it in, but it now creaks when I move. What can I do about this?
    So I recently got a new mattress and bed - both of which I love - but the mattress is a few inches wider than the frame. It fit when I shoved it in, but it now creaks when I move. What can I do about this?
    19 answers · 1 week ago
  • What is the lifespan of a carpets?

    11 answers · 6 days ago
  • Can modern glass vases have real mercury inside them?

    I recently bought a beautiful silver looking flower base at my local Home Goods and as you all must know they only sell new modern things not antiques. I know that there is a finish called "Mercury Glass," that is NOT made from mercury. What made me worry was that the base has a sticker attached to the... show more
    I recently bought a beautiful silver looking flower base at my local Home Goods and as you all must know they only sell new modern things not antiques. I know that there is a finish called "Mercury Glass," that is NOT made from mercury. What made me worry was that the base has a sticker attached to the bottom that reads, "for decorative purposes only, do not add water. Mercury inside." What does this mean? Can a decorative for home use base actually contain Mercury? Like the real Mercury that can cause severe poisoning? Or did they mean "Mercury," faux finish? It s just puzzling since it says "Mercury Inside." Help! Does anyone know if decorative for home use items in the U.S.A can contain real Mercury? I m so confused and worried. Should I just return it? Help! Thanks ahead of time any guidance is appreciated!
    4 answers · 2 days ago
  • What kind of things should I put in a self care box?

    I am planning on making myself a self care box full of stuff that will make me feel better when I need it. I have a decent list of things to put in but I want more. Give me as many ideas as possible please.
    I am planning on making myself a self care box full of stuff that will make me feel better when I need it. I have a decent list of things to put in but I want more. Give me as many ideas as possible please.
    6 answers · 4 days ago
  • Heat Question: Why are other rooms warmer than my bedroom?

    Best answer: Reasons for a room to be colder: Air leakage at windows. The vent is at the end of the duct run or undersized. Damage to the ducting or an obstruction in the ductwork. Changing your heater settings will not fix the problem. Check your windows to see if you feel any draft around the edges of each pane. Covering... show more
    Best answer: Reasons for a room to be colder:
    Air leakage at windows.
    The vent is at the end of the duct run or undersized.
    Damage to the ducting or an obstruction in the ductwork.


    Changing your heater settings will not fix the problem. Check your windows to see if you feel any draft around the edges of each pane. Covering these edges with masking tape can fix the problem temporarily. Single-pane or single-glazed windows allow heat to escape outward more easily making the room cooler. Closing shades or curtains will mitigate heat transference. If this room is at the end of a ducting run there may not be enough pressure to force warm air into the room. Partially closing a vent or vents closer to the air handler may increase pressure to the cold room.

    If there is damage to the duct, warm air may be leaking and reducing pressure to your bedroom. Most ducts in homes are made from duct board http://www.jm.com/content/dam/jm/global/... or flexible ducting http://i01.i.aliimg.com/photo/v0/1655956... Both are subject to damage from rodents, but the flexible duct is also subject to kinking that can cut air flow.

    If you can't fix the problem by taping window edges or closing drapes, or by adjusting other vents, then you should have a service person look for a leak or kink in the duct work.
    5 answers · 4 days ago
  • How old is this desk? Style? Resale value? I bought it secondhand in Hong Kong so my guess is British colonial.?
  • Ideas on decorating?

    I'm moving into a small flat and I want ideas of themes and colours to use for any rooms. FYI: I'm a 26 yo and I love all colours
    I'm moving into a small flat and I want ideas of themes and colours to use for any rooms. FYI: I'm a 26 yo and I love all colours
    5 answers · 6 days ago
  • How do you soundproof bi-fold doors?

    2 bedroom apartment. My bedroom has 2 entrys. The regular door in the hall way and 2 slated bi-fold doors in the living room. Do to space and furniture the TV in the living room is placed in front of the bi-fold door. I have used black out curtains on both sides as well as put a small dresser in front of the... show more
    2 bedroom apartment. My bedroom has 2 entrys. The regular door in the hall way and 2 slated bi-fold doors in the living room. Do to space and furniture the TV in the living room is placed in front of the bi-fold door. I have used black out curtains on both sides as well as put a small dresser in front of the bi-fold door on the bedroom side. How can i sound proof it more? i hear everything and its starting to bother my sleep.
    4 answers · 4 days ago
  • My wife has THE WORST taste?

    Okay I'm a guy, I don't really care about looks. But the way my wife decorated our house, I'm embarrassed to open the door for the delivery man! It is HIDEOUS!! She doesn't even know what she likes, she just buys random things online that she thinks will make our house better, and puts them all in... show more
    Okay I'm a guy, I don't really care about looks. But the way my wife decorated our house, I'm embarrassed to open the door for the delivery man! It is HIDEOUS!! She doesn't even know what she likes, she just buys random things online that she thinks will make our house better, and puts them all in the same room, regardless if they go or not. I sound dramatic, but she spends so much money on our house, yet it looks terrible. I've told her before, "Are you sure you want to keep that?" "I think a carpet without brown on it would look better" etc. She takes it to heart when I tell her. I don't mean to hurt her feelings, but I can't stand my own home. I want us BOTH to feel comfortable. How do I politely tell her that there needs to be a change, without hurting her feelings? I've tried shopping myself, because my style honestly is pretty decent. But if I tell her, "I'll shop for a new carpet online for our dining room, and I'll run it by you."......3 days later, theres a new hideous carpet in our dining room that she bought.
    12 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Could an earthquake tremor jar loose wirenuts and cause a fire?

    Best answer: Wirenuts should be taped as well so no they shouldn't come loose.
    Best answer: Wirenuts should be taped as well so no they shouldn't come loose.
    4 answers · 1 week ago
  • Where to find battery powered ceiling lighting ?

    Best answer: Does the room have electrical outlets? You'll get better light at far less expense with a swag lamp which is plugged in at the wall and hung on two or more hooks suspended from the ceiling, one near the wall and one where you want the light to come from. Often there's a large-link chain involved, partly to... show more
    Best answer: Does the room have electrical outlets? You'll get better light at far less expense with a swag lamp which is plugged in at the wall and hung on two or more hooks suspended from the ceiling, one near the wall and one where you want the light to come from. Often there's a large-link chain involved, partly to hide the cord and partly to support the weight of the light itself.

    Here's some links to show you what's available:
    https://www.target.com/s/hanging+swag+la...
    https://www.walmart.com/c/kp/swag-lamps
    4 answers · 1 week ago