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Birdhouse roof materials

Birdhouse roof materials

Can aluminum sheeting be used when building a purple martin house at the cottage? Is there anything about aluminum sheeting that would inhibit the birds from using the house?
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Toxins released when burning roofing shingles

Toxins released when burning roofing shingles

What kinds of toxins are released when burning roofing shingles?
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Divide cottage property into two lots

Divide cottage property into two lots

How should a resurvey of a cottage property be done so that it can be divided into two lots?
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Building inspectors and replacing dated parts

Building inspectors and replacing dated parts

Can a building inspector force replacement of things built before anyone worried about the building code?
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What makes a 2 x 4

What makes a 2 x 4

Why is it that a 2 x 4 x 8 stud is actually eight feet long, but is not a 2 x 4-inch piece of wood?
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The best place to put a fire pit

The best place to put a fire pit

Where is the best place to put a fire pit?
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Best bathroom materials for unheated cottages

What materials are best for an unheated cottage bathroom?

What are the best materials to use for shower stalls and toilets in an unheated cottage?
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Large crack in brick chimney

What should be done about a large crack in a brick chimney?
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Guidelines for buying “low-flow” toilets

Guidelines for buying “low-flow” toilets

What are the guidelines for buying “low-flow” toilets? Do they have any effects on septic tanks?
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Nesting gulls on Crown land

Nesting gulls on Crown land

What can be done with a hostile pair of nesting gulls on a Crown land rock formation?
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