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Old 05-23-2023, 09:00 PM   #276
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Maybe? When it's level it drains pretty well as the driveway slopes gently to the right side (north) of the garage (the lot is east-west, garage faces west) so as long as it's level it works out pretty well. When the landscapers came in to fix it the first time they added a second drain to the right of the garage as well which helped (but only when the driveway is level).

If it keeps settling adding a small trench at the foot of the garage to the drain would probably be the solution.

Here's a video of the water flowing towards the garage: https://imgur.com/71fVPwt
Finding a way to let it permeate through the pavers seems more simple as the water just drains as ground water. With a trench drain, you still need to have proper slope so it drains into the trench. And trench is expensive. I put 18 ft trench that's plastic, but vehicle grade and it was around 1500 with a lot of the work done by myself. You'll also need to find the rainwater system to tap into so the drain actually drains away.

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Where do you people buy those big square cement blocks like 18x18 / 24x24.? I'm trying to put these in the back yard over the grass as stepping blocks leading to the garage. Right now it's grass. I looked at home depot costs like $15+ a pop. Looked on fb marketplace I see people selling like $10 in Surrey. Not sure if anywhere cheaper? Probably need a good dozen of them.

Was planning to dig a square hole to fit these in to flush it on the same level as grass. Do I need to put like sand under first? Thinking might be too wet or soggy when it rains if I lay it over dirt only?

Home reno noob, first time house owner. DIY projects lol
Some times people give away the pavers for free. I always seem to be too slow because the person generally don't respond back and post disappears.
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Old 05-25-2023, 11:44 AM   #277
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we're debating about repainting the inside of our house before we move in.
it's sort of an off white, yellowish colour right now, we just want to paint the whole thing white.
of course things like doors and bathrooms would be a slightly glossier finish, and we'd probably paint the popcorn ceiling too.

is it worth doing on your own or way too much headache? i haven't gotten a quotation yet but for our 1300sf house, im guessing $5k-10k range for quotes, and maybe $1000 in materials to do ourselves before we move in.

way too much pita or worth it?

if we do it ourselves we know it's not gonna be as good of a job, but we're ok with it not being absolutely perfect. we just dont want to be too far in over our heads.
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we're debating about repainting the inside of our house before we move in.
it's sort of an off white, yellowish colour right now, we just want to paint the whole thing white.
of course things like doors and bathrooms would be a slightly glossier finish, and we'd probably paint the popcorn ceiling too.

is it worth doing on your own or way too much headache? i haven't gotten a quotation yet but for our 1300sf house, im guessing $5k-10k range for quotes, and maybe $1000 in materials to do ourselves before we move in.

way too much pita or worth it?

if we do it ourselves we know it's not gonna be as good of a job, but we're ok with it not being absolutely perfect. we just dont want to be too far in over our heads.
How much time and energy do you have?
Are you painting all the ceiling or just certain rooms?

The best part of DIY is you can try it yourself first. You can buy two gallons of paint and start painting the master bedroom ceiling and walls first. And then decide if you want to tackle it.

Mostly just depend on your time and energy.
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ceiling and all the walls, bathroom, doors, etc...
interior only, also probably not painting the garage.

that's a pretty good idea. start with a few rooms to get the hang of it, then do the living room and stuff after. i have my gf as a helper but all the actual roller work would prob be me. she could maybe paint baseboards, windows, etc.. and help with cleanup.
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Painting ceilings suck ASS but definitely worth getting done.

We did it in both the past places we moved into and cursed ourself each time that we should have hired somebody to do it.

Because of how the light hits the ceiling, it's hard to get a smooth . And if you have popcorn ceilings it's even harder as the popcorn sucks up the paint so you have to get good coverage but be careful not to get the popcorn too wet. Then just also the strain on your arms and shoulders, takes way more effort than painting walls.

Walls takes work but is manageable diy. Ceilings tho I would recommend getting somebody else to do it.
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Yea f there is ambient light that gets in its very hard to get a good looking coat on a ceiling. When I repainted my suite when my last tenants moved out I figured I went over the ceiling twice fully but then the sun was setting and I could see all the roller lines uhg..

Really depends what you figure your time is worth. Personally I would never pay somone for a room or two, moreso because I hate the time it takes to arrange/work with someone pay them etc.

A whole house and I don’t have to think about it/don’t really have to be there or monitor them? It would be tempting to pay someone
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if you dont mind a bit more prep work and watching some youtube videos to learn how to operate and clean the machine- consider spraying the ceiling, walls, doors and trims.

Much quicker and looks mint, downfall is prep and a very small learning curve.
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How much time would you give yourself to do the job before moving in? Do you plan on mudding anything or just start painting. Could be a solid week of work if you're doing it outside of your full time job. I painted my own place, but I found it quite therapeutic to mud and paint. I didn't like sanding though.
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we have lots of time since we have a month in my parents basement after we move out of our current place before we move into the next one.

i'd just fill in any holes and dents left by the previous owners, nothing too major.

it's a 1300sf rancher, never expected to hear that it would be that much work but now im scared lol
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Start with the rooms that will be a PITA to do after you've moved in ie. the master bedroom, then see how you get through the rest.
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f i hate painting, you always think it's gonna take half a day but ends up taking 3 days... per room.
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It's the prep time that's underestimated and a killer. That is if you want to do a good job. Especially if the previous owner did a shit paint job with improper prep that you have to fix.
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we have lots of time since we have a month in my parents basement after we move out of our current place before we move into the next one.

i'd just fill in any holes and dents left by the previous owners, nothing too major.

it's a 1300sf rancher, never expected to hear that it would be that much work but now im scared lol
That's plenty of time then. Like others have said prep time takes up quite a bit of time, especially if you are doing many different colours and finishes. Protecting things that you don't plan on painting like floors, cabinets, carpets. If you're only filling small holes and dents, then 1 evening is probably enough to do the whole place. Next evening, sand and hope you don't find more spots to fill.

Since you're moving into a new place and thinking about some drywall work and painting.... You might want to think about any upgrades that involve cutting your drywall and do them now. For example, opening up the drywall to add backing for wall mount tv and putting conduit in the wall so you can hide wires. Running Ethernet cables. Adding more outlets. Moving lighting fixtures.
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If I wanted to change the swing of an interior door, but it's tapered, will that cause a problem with closing properly?
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Don't cheap out on the paint, go and buy some sherwin williams paint. It's expensive but worth the price as it is much higher quality than the stuff at Home Depot.
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Ditto. Cannot recommend off-the-shelf stuff from Home Depot or Rona etc. Get a good paint from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams etc. My favourite is Sherwin Williams. Their paints have proven time over time it is top notch.
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Both Sherwin and Benjamin Moore paints are good - if you buy their higher end stuff. I have the Benjamin Moore Aura interior eggshell and it was much better for coverage and toughness than the Behr stuff you'd get at HD.
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oh for sure. whether we get a quote from a contractor or do it ourselves, we're not gonna cheap out on a few hundred extra for better paint. they or we can do a 7/10 job on the painting itself but i want 10/10 paint.
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Both Sherwin and Benjamin Moore paints are good - if you buy their higher end stuff. I have the Benjamin Moore Aura interior eggshell and it was much better for coverage and toughness than the Behr stuff you'd get at HD.
Few years ago I painted with BM regal & aura.

I heard the professional use aura and it is also higher grade/more expensive, but I think the regal is much more forgiving for DIY painter.

The Aura dries so damn fast you barely have any time to roll back. The work time is like 2-3 minutes.
(I.e. if you try to roll back on a wall to even out the paint you only have a few minutes to do it because the paint start becoming tacky and you end up with lines & different texture to the rest)
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I bought Behr paint on the weekend from Home Depot, going be painting soon, we'll see how the results turn out. My house doesn't let in a lot of sunlight, so likely won't even be able to see imperfections if the paint is shitty unless you literally examine with a flashlight LOL. We'll see how it goes.
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Had good experiences with BM Regal and SW Duration Home. SW SuperPaint was harder to work with and had a poor finish (could also be user error).
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I bought Behr paint on the weekend from Home Depot, going be painting soon, we'll see how the results turn out. My house doesn't let in a lot of sunlight, so likely won't even be able to see imperfections if the paint is shitty unless you literally examine with a flashlight LOL. We'll see how it goes.
As long as you got the Marquee or better, it will be fine.
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If I wanted to change the swing of an interior door, but it's tapered, will that cause a problem with closing properly?
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I want to just chisel the spots to move the hinges and not have to buy new door and jambs.
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