If you ever feel bad about your awful home improvement skills, just remember that you're not the only one who sucks at it! Everyone has their moments. Even carpenters get brain farts.

In an attempt to restore your confidence — or to simply put a smile on your face — Fashion Life put together a list of funny renovation fails. Whether these folks skipped the planning stage, didn't have the correct tools, or bit off more than they could chew, let's make their misery our entertainment.

After all, isn't that what the internet is for?

#1

A Driveway Crew Was Pouring Concrete At A New House Next To A Duck Pond. They Went To Lunch And Came Back To This

A Driveway Crew Was Pouring Concrete At A New House Next To A Duck Pond. They Went To Lunch And Came Back To This

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#2

My Dad Isn't So Great At Remodeling, So I Turned His Work Into A Work Of Art

My Dad Isn't So Great At Remodeling, So I Turned His Work Into A Work Of Art

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If you too are thinking about a DIY project but aren't sure about your skills, there are things you can do to significantly better your results.

Lee Wallender, who is a home improvement expert with 20 years of hands-on home remodeling, fixing, and improving experience, thinks that everyone should begin their projects with design and planning. 

"A sketch on a cocktail napkin, full-blown architectural plans, or just a firm set of thoughts about how the remodel should progress is a good place to start," Wallender wrote in The Spruce. "It is cheaper and less frustrating to correct mistakes before the remodel takes physical form." A sentiment many people on this list could attest to!

"One of the first considerations is to be sure that you have funding for your renovation. Draw up a simple yes/no list of do-it-yourself projects and projects you want professionals to do. Look for contractors and subcontractors for those jobs you do not want to do yourself," Wallender added.

#3

Landlords, Please Don’t Paint Over Cockroaches

Landlords, Please Don’t Paint Over Cockroaches

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#4

We Just Moved Into A Brand New House, Painters Came By To Touch Up Some Walls Upstairs. This Poor Guy Fell Down The Whole Staircase With A Full 5 Gallon Bucket Of Paint

We Just Moved Into A Brand New House, Painters Came By To Touch Up Some Walls Upstairs. This Poor Guy Fell Down The Whole Staircase With A Full 5 Gallon Bucket Of Paint

He screamed the whole way down, I thought he was going to be hurt but thankfully he wasn't. Paint splattered all the way across the living room onto my brand new furniture.

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Abhinc
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6 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And this is what being a nice person is !! In that same kind of situation, many people wouldn't have as a first thought ''thankfully this poor guy wasn't hurt" ...

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#5

My Wife Said Measure The Door, I Told Her All Doors Are The Same Size

My Wife Said Measure The Door, I Told Her All Doors Are The Same Size

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Also, keep in mind that large projects must be done first because subsequent projects are impacted by them. The biggest ones you might take on include roof replacement or repair, fixing the foundation, dealing with water infiltration, and installing or repairing windows and siding. 

"Protect your future renovation work by making certain the house won't collapse on you," Wallender said. "That means addressing the foundation and any structural problems. Secure the foundation and make major foundation repairs to areas such as weakened walls, joists, and carrying beams."

#6

Fixing A Toilet Leak. I Took 2 Trips To Home Depot, Worked With A Hernia, Had A Hard Time Putting The Wax Ring And Screws On

Fixing A Toilet Leak. I Took 2 Trips To Home Depot, Worked With A Hernia, Had A Hard Time Putting The Wax Ring And Screws On

Only to install the toilet and forget about the door. I'm an idiot

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Ben
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unhook the door, hang the door again, done. See no problem here.

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#7

What Happens When You're Renovating And Remove A Load-Bearing Wall

What Happens When You're Renovating And Remove A Load-Bearing Wall

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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

we did a renovation on our house you gotta check this before like it's the first thing you do check if it's load bearing 😬

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#8

I've Heard Of "Painting Yourself Into A Corner" But My Wife Took It A Step Further. I Don't Even Know

I've Heard Of "Painting Yourself Into A Corner" But My Wife Took It A Step Further. I Don't Even Know

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"Then look at keeping it dry, which involves the roof, siding, and windows. Repair or replace the roof. Replace seriously damaged windows that may threaten future remodeling work. If not seriously damaged, leave the window repair or replacement for later in the process."

The same goes for siding: if the siding is so damaged that it will allow water infiltration, repair or replace the siding. If not seriously damaged, you can leave it for later.

#9

DIY Fail

DIY Fail

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Mihai Mara
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So your cat is possessed by a demon as it can walk on yhe ceiling

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#10

There Are No Words

There Are No Words

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#11

My Landlord: Is It Ok If The Replacement Tile Is Not An Exact Match? Me: Yeah That’s Fine. The Tile:

My Landlord: Is It Ok If The Replacement Tile Is Not An Exact Match? Me: Yeah That’s Fine. The Tile:

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KJ
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Which tile was replaced? Very similar patterns.

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#12

My Father Forgot To Tell Me The Renovations Would Be Taking The Stairs Out Today

My Father Forgot To Tell Me The Renovations Would Be Taking The Stairs Out Today

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eeeeeeeee
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How to tell a family member to move out without telling them to move out.

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Wallender said you will demolish and dispose of sections of the house that will be replaced by later projects. This is a huge undertaking and many homeowners overlook it until the whole thing begins, only to begin scrambling later to make up for the lost time.

"You'll need to rent a large container for waste. Carefully demolish all or some of the areas of the house that will be renovated. Demolish as much as possible if you will not be living in the house," Wallender said.

#13

Brother-In-Law Repairing His Awning

Brother-In-Law Repairing His Awning

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#14

We Just Finished The Construction Of Our Yurt. The Fireplace Was Not Correctly Installed

We Just Finished The Construction Of Our Yurt. The Fireplace Was Not Correctly Installed

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Mihai Mara
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You had to install it inside the yurt, not all around it

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#15

I'm Doing Renovations And My Roomba Found A Tiny Piece Of Sheetrock

I'm Doing Renovations And My Roomba Found A Tiny Piece Of Sheetrock

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#16

A Friend Is Renovating His House. He Also Has A Cat

A Friend Is Renovating His House. He Also Has A Cat

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Next, think of structural carpentry. This can include moving walls, constructing new walls, adding beams to support a greater weight upstairs, punching in new doors (or removing existing doors), adding framing for new construction windows, or enlarging the window openings.

But be careful. While many of these projects can be undertaken by an enterprising DIYer, some of them, such as enlarging window openings, might call for a contractor's expertise.

#17

A Couple Years Ago, My Neighbor Decided To Paint His House Bright Orange... Then Gave Up Halfway Through

A Couple Years Ago, My Neighbor Decided To Paint His House Bright Orange... Then Gave Up Halfway Through

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#18

Saw This On Facebook With Someone Asking For A Contractor

Saw This On Facebook With Someone Asking For A Contractor

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#19

I Picked The Ladder Up Forgetting The Paint Was On Top

I Picked The Ladder Up Forgetting The Paint Was On Top

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Bittersweetie
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Open paint cans give no F*s

GoddessOdd
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I once set a just opened bucket of paint down to adjust the ladder, then stepped back, right into the open bucket. Same idea.

Tiggy Darling
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Done that before with a hammer. It hurt.

John
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Been there. Done that. A gallon of wood stain on the top of the ladder. What a mess!

Isa Trip
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is something i would do.

Maria Vincent
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really truly don't think I ever realized, until this moment...I have absolutely no idea how to get (especially that much) paint out of hair.... I'd likely be crying if that was me.

Mark Alibozek
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did the same thing but with a 2lb claw hammer on top. Yes they do hurt when they fall on your head. Ladder was a bit taller though.

LynzCatastrophe
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can easily see myself doing this.

Louis Winterbower
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that what they mean by "a painted lady?"

Devora
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But she even looks great!

Karla Lawatsch
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She should work with the guy who dropped the 5 gallon bucket of paint down the stairs!

Gavin Lepoer
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did this outside with a 40 foot ladder , I was running from a bees nest and plopped the whole gallon on my head AND got stung a few times.

Colten Woodruff
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5 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let’s hope they have a working shower

Lisa Miller
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I did that once when my husband was at work. I blamed it on the cats and got away with it for 15 years until I slipped and said something. 🤦‍♀️

Dawnaeh
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least you're already in the bathroom

Mya Lugar
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You just aged by several decades.

MJLstrd
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I hope it was water base and not oil

Janet Graham
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The reason we stress proper work habits is finally becoming clear!

Felicia Dale
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And yet you still look chic as heck. Well done!

Robert Trebor
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At least it wasn't the whole can, as above.

WoodenLion
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wait 'till you do it with a 6 lb. drill on top.

Zachary Gillette
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm more concerned about the lack of tarps.

Abrufal
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Construction 101-if you come down a ladder bring everything you brought up the padder

Ozymandias73
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How NOT to whitewash a subject

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#20

What Could Go Wrong If My Neighbor Uses The Longest Possible Drill Out There?

What Could Go Wrong If My Neighbor Uses The Longest Possible Drill Out There?

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Mihai Mara
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What was it used for? Was it used to annoy upstairs neighbors? What if they drilled right into a pipe or in something that might have exploded? WTF!!!

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Plan out HVAC, electrical, and plumbing jobs. Wallender said these are vital services that need to be installed when the walls and ceiling are open.

"Open walls and ceilings make it easier for the HVAC company to install ductwork for central heating and air conditioning and for electricians and plumbers to run new electrical and plumbing systems."

It's also important to mention that in most places, building code requires that only those professionally licensed to do the work can handle this part of the renovation, so carefully check the requirements in your area.

#21

Could Be Worse

Could Be Worse

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Jan Eivroc
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know how they could make such a mistake. Was somebody drunk? or did the house shifted???

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#22

Lockdown Renovations Look So Easy On Instagram

Lockdown Renovations Look So Easy On Instagram

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Random Panda
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's just stupid, what did they think would happen?

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#24

You Can't Win If You Don't Try, Huh?

You Can't Win If You Don't Try, Huh?

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Zero
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How did you not hit a stud before that? Standard spacing is 16".

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"Window installation, whether whole-house or partial, almost always plays into a home remodel project," Wallender explained.

"Installing new-construction or replacement windows is a project many homeowners can try, but keep in mind doing it on your own might invalidate the manufacturer's warranty. Check into the requirements and hire a professional if necessary, as that warranty could save you many headaches down the road."

#25

Just One Spot Left To Paint Now

Just One Spot Left To Paint Now

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#26

My Mom's Garage Is Being Renovated. I Think It's Pretty Obvious That They Have 3 Dogs

My Mom's Garage Is Being Renovated. I Think It's Pretty Obvious That They Have 3 Dogs

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Kathryn Baylis
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If there’s some kind of durable clear coating that will fill in the footprints, and smooth and level the surface, I’d be tempted to leave it as is. Conversation piece, and a cool way to remember the dogs after they pass.

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#27

You Had Just One Job, Just One

You Had Just One Job, Just One

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#28

I May Have Used Too Much Spray Foam Insulation To Fill A Hole On The Other Side Of This Wall

I May Have Used Too Much Spray Foam Insulation To Fill A Hole On The Other Side Of This Wall

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Before the drywall goes up, the insulation must go in. "Look at the options for insulation, and plan to use different types for different areas of the house. You'll need it in the walls and attic, and you might be able to do all of it yourself."

"You'll close up the walls with drywall: hanging it, mudding it, and sanding it," Wallender continued. "Drywallers hang sheets of drywall, apply drywall compound, and let the compound dry. After drying, they sand it smooth. Sometimes, they will repeat the process until they achieve a seamless surface. With some practice and patience, you might be able to do this on your own."

#29

This Is Why You Don't Hire Contractors Who Secure Cabinets To Dry Wall Only. Thousands In Damage Last Night

This Is Why You Don't Hire Contractors Who Secure Cabinets To Dry Wall Only. Thousands In Damage Last Night

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Beth S
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank goodness no one was under that clusterfuck.

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#30

My Mom Had Her Guest Bathroom Remodeled While She Was Out Of Town

My Mom Had Her Guest Bathroom Remodeled While She Was Out Of Town

She wanted the shower head up high so tall people didn't have to crouch or lean way back. Came home to find this, which shoots the water straight across to the opposite wall

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David Eckel
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Proves that requirements to be a subcontractor are a pickup truck and a GED.

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#32

My Lovely Wife Bought A New Screen And A Cat Door To Go In It. Took A Few Hours And She Was So So Proud Of Herself

My Lovely Wife Bought A New Screen And A Cat Door To Go In It. Took A Few Hours And She Was So So Proud Of Herself

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lenka
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Its a beer chute! Now you can pass out beer and wine without letting the flies in!

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Next comes the carpentry that is not supportive, such as baseboards, molding, trim around windows and doors, and built-in elements (bookcases or breakfast nooks). Fine carpentry gives your house that finished touch.

When those are done, move on to interior painting, wallpaper, and other finishing work. "Many homeowners can handle the work of painting interior walls, hanging wallpaper, painting molding and trim, or staining and sealing trim," Wallender said. "All of these detail-oriented surface finishes should be some of the last items you do indoors, as this work can damage other parts of the process. For instance, should you paint before installing or sanding your flooring or the reverse? This is debatable. Laying flooring first means that paint might get on the flooring. Painting first means that the floor sander may scuff your walls."

#33

"That's Not Going To Hold Without A Stud," My SO Said. "Don't Worry," I Replied. "I've Got Half Inch Toggle Bolts"

"That's Not Going To Hold Without A Stud," My SO Said. "Don't Worry," I Replied. "I've Got Half Inch Toggle Bolts"

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#34

GF And I Have Covid. Heater Went Out, Technician Can't Come Out Due To Quarantine. Decided To Try And Fix It Myself. Tripped Over A Pipe And Fell Through The Ceiling

GF And I Have Covid. Heater Went Out, Technician Can't Come Out Due To Quarantine. Decided To Try And Fix It Myself. Tripped Over A Pipe And Fell Through The Ceiling

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Mihai Mara
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not a ceiling, that's a cardboard in a doll house

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#35

New Neighbors Painted Their Fence Yesterday, Now Our Car Looks Like This. All Over

New Neighbors Painted Their Fence Yesterday, Now Our Car Looks Like This. All Over

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Then install flooring. "Your final floor covering will vary depending upon the room; for instance, you might choose laminate, solid hardwood, engineered wood, or carpet for various living and bedroom areas and vinyl, tile, or marble for bathrooms and kitchens."

But no matter what you choose, Wallender suggests installing the flooring as late as possible in the renovation process. This will save your flooring surface from significant damage.

#37

True Story: So I Tried To Open The Door To See How The Installation Was Going. Tried

True Story: So I Tried To Open The Door To See How The Installation Was Going. Tried

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#38

Was Going To Paint Today And Found This Surprise

Was Going To Paint Today And Found This Surprise

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#39

Neat Fan Installation

Neat Fan Installation

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Hermien Greeff
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Long-term goals - once the roof falls in there will be natural ventilation.

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Once the inside is done, or at least close to it, you can work on the exterior of the house. "With the house mostly finished, it is safe to put on the gutters and siding. You do not want to do this earlier unless absolutely necessary, because doors and windows may get punched out, thus ruining the exterior job," Wallender said.

"Now you can also consider external renovations that might be connected to the house, such as adding a front porch or sunroom. Now is also the time to think about the parts that are entirely separate from the house, such as detached garages or swimming pools."

#40

Having My Bathroom Remodeled And They Installed My Shower At Less Than Knee Height

Having My Bathroom Remodeled And They Installed My Shower At Less Than Knee Height

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Fishy Squid
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I mean it is good for Washing a certain part of your body...

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#41

I Installed My Own Microwave Today And Saved $150 In Install Fees

I Installed My Own Microwave Today And Saved $150 In Install Fees

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lenka
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Apart from the obvious damage... what about the exhaust fan for the stove and the potential damage to the microwave from the heat and steam rising up from cooking?

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#42

Contractor Got Angry And Left The Job When We Asked Him To Use The Spacers We Bought For The Backsplash

Contractor Got Angry And Left The Job When We Asked Him To Use The Spacers We Bought For The Backsplash

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Robert T
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Probably not a bad thing. Tiles are expensive and as they will have to come off again you might just have enough left for somebody competant to finish the job. I have only ever done tiling once, but I think even I could do better than that!!!

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#43

I Mean, You Could've Rotated The Toilet, But Whatever

I Mean, You Could've Rotated The Toilet, But Whatever

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Don't be too hard on yourself if these tasks seem daunting. Earlier this year, a study of 2,000 UK property owners found almost half (48 percent) don’t think their home will ever be ‘finished’ – with some of the bigger tasks still in progress ranging from loft conversions to half-done home offices.

Some of the top reasons for these jobs being left unfinished include not having the skills required to complete them (22 percent), underestimating the time it would take to manage the project (20 percent), and underbudgeting (16 percent).

#44

We Got Our Doors Painted During A Remodel And The Painters Forgot To Put The Plastic Covering On The Ground

We Got Our Doors Painted During A Remodel And The Painters Forgot To Put The Plastic Covering On The Ground

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#45

"June, We Don't Need No Handyman, These Are Easy To Put In"

"June, We Don't Need No Handyman, These Are Easy To Put In"

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#46

Someone Installed A Projector With 40+ Cm (15+ Inches) Screws Up To My Apartment. And As It Wasn't Bad Enough, I Have To Pay For The Floor

Someone Installed A Projector With 40+ Cm (15+ Inches) Screws Up To My Apartment. And As It Wasn't Bad Enough, I Have To Pay For The Floor

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Jo Johannsen
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6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why do you have to pay? Take them to small claims court.

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#47

Got Funky While Building My First Staircase

Got Funky While Building My First Staircase

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However, homeowners remain optimistic. They believe they will be able to get their DIY projects back