Question on Patio w/ Brick layers

I am planning on building a 10X10 or 100 sq. ft patio with brick floor. My internet research directs me to buying pavement rocks and sand. The problem is that they are advocating buying about 103 bags of 40 pounds concrete and 26 bags of 40 pounds sand to do the job. Then there is the cost of renting a compactor. This is a lot of money for me. Is it not much cheaper then […]

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Adding bathroom to basement plumbed for sink and toilet

My home is 2 years old with a walkout basement, I had the basement plumbed for a toilet and sink. What is entailed for adding a shower as well. One contractor thought jack hammering the floor is needed in order to put in a shower drain. Does anyone have any info or ideas on this? — You will have to open the floor to put a shower drain in, not way around it, but the […]

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Shims for cast iron tub?

I am putting a cast iron tub in; can’t decide what to use for shims. Found several ideas in a search, but squooshed copper pipe, I don’t have access to, and lead doesn’t sound good. Since I don’t want to do major excavation work to dig up and replace the drain pipe that may even be sunk into the side of the hole in the concrete slab, I have to have maybe almost an inch […]

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Help with stubborn stains in carpet

Besides taking the carpet up, does anyone have any ideas about stubborn, some older stains that I can get rid of? I have tried a lot of things in the past with no good result. It seems like I spread the stain instead of get rid of it. Some are food, some are dog vomit(I know yuck), some are just walk areas. My daughter is getting married and want to have the house look nice […]

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