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What kind of questions can I ask here?

We welcome questions related to building, maintaining, and repairing a home.

This includes:

  • General construction & related trades (framing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, drywall/plaster, painting, etc)
  • Patios, decks, porches, and fences
  • Sheds, garages, greenhouses, and barns
  • Retaining walls
  • Installation and repair of major appliances
  • Finding, selecting, and working with contractors and architects
  • Building codes and electrical codes
  • Lawn and yard maintenance, including trees & shrubs (but not specialized gardening, see separate FAQ)
  • Pest control
  • Cleaning a specific item
  • Getting a general idea of the cost of a project (but not solicitations for contractor bids for a particular job)
  • Stormwater management, drainage issues, catchment basins, septic systems, and retaining walls
  • Driveways and sidewalks
  • Energy efficiency improvements
  • What about fencing? (The kind that goes around your yard, not the sport.) I can't decide if that should go with 'patios, deck, and porches' or 'lawn and yard maintenance.'
    – Doresoom
    Oct 12, 2010 at 20:28
  • @Doresoom: Thanks, added with patios. Oct 12, 2010 at 21:07

What information should I include in my question?

Generally speaking, it's a good idea to provide clear and concise details concerning the project. This includes:

  • Country/region where the project will take place.
  • Pictures, diagrams, or illustrations
  • Manufacturers, vendors, model numbers (where appropriate).

[This question needs some work but I think you get the basic idea]

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