[OPEN DISCUSSION] weekly thread

**Welcome to the open discussion thread (approximately weekly).** We have this discussion thread for several reasons. We know some people are a little shy about creating a whole new post for a little question they might have, so this is a good place to start. Or, we’ve learned some tips and tricks to share with the community. This is the place for it. As a growing community, we are forced to limit posts that may be off-topic to the sub’s main purpose of 1) home improvement questions and 2) sharing finished projects. These topics include home warranty companies, home tips, general painting tips, room layouts, or rants about companies, contractors, and previous owners. While these may be of interest, we are trying to provide a place that allows and limits conversation. Again, the main goal here is to help homeowners with their homes. Thus, this thread. Thanks for participating. If you **wonder why lumber prices are so high**, please don’t post the question again (FAQ): [most of the salient answers and discussion can be found here](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/mwhd5w/is_it_just_osbplywood_or_has_all_wood_prices/). Recently the prices of lumber and other home improvement products have been slowly normalizing but we will leave this part for now as they are still inflated and some people are surprised by the price of some quotes and the like. Please watch [this tread](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/o1ettp/cost_of_lumber_tumbles_after_recordhigh_prices/) where this is discussed. For now, any posts mentioning lumber futures will be removed and directed to this thread. They usually turn into political slur shit shows, so we’ll be removing all posts that ask this question for a while. We appreciate your understanding. If you haven’t already, please **[review the sub guidelines](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/wiki/subrules)**. Also a reminder to stay away from any personal or disrespectful comments. From the sidebar: > Comments should be on topic, helpful, and friendly. Name calling, abusive or hateful language, or disrespectful personal comments are not tolerated. No question is too stupid, too simple, or too basic. We are all here to learn and help each other, enjoy! ___ Our Sidebar Themes:

[Air Conditioning Tips](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/4l1uo3/i_am_an_air_conditioner_repair_tech_20yrs/)

[Asbestos FAQ a.k.a. Am I going to die?](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/aimrmy/questions_about_asbestos_look_here_first/)

[Doors AMA](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/2k5dn8/doors_have_questions_get_in_here/)

[Doors, Sliding patio](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/9lud52/sliding_patio_door_extravaganza/)

[Hiring a contractor?](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/24ni4i/ looking_to_hire_a_contractor_a_little_insight_on/)

[Home Maintenance wiki](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/wiki/maintenance)

[Home Utilities 101](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/iwqxwm/why_is_my_bill_high_home_utilities_101/)

[How much will it cost? aka Always get 3 Quotes!](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/c5qfjk/how_much_will_cost_and_dealing_with_contractors/)

[Load-bearing Walls](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/cmraqy/questions_about_load_bearing_walls_look_here_first/)

[Radon Mitigation AMA](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/4bdpnj/radon_mitigation_technician_here_ama/)

[Tile and Stone AMA](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/2lkqxw/i_work_in_technical_service_for_a_tile_and_stone/?sort=new)

[Tiling, A Guide](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/2vhvmb/psa_theres_a_lot_more_to_tiling_than_just_your/)

[Windows AMA](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/221pej/windows_have_questions_get_in_here_i_have/)

[Windows Part 2](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/89h5x4/where_can_i_buy_good_windows_or_doors_myself/)

[FAQ: My First Home Toolbox](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/1xeyuf/home_improvement_faq_my_first_toolbox/)

**Welcome to the open discussion thread (approximately weekly).** We have this discussion thread for several reasons. We know some people are a little shy about creating a whole new post for a little question they might have, so this is a good place to start. Or, we’ve learned some tips and tricks to share with the community. This is the place for it. As a growing community, we are forced to limit posts that may be off-topic to the sub’s main purpose of 1) home improvement questions and 2) sharing finished projects. These topics include home warranty companies, home tips, general painting tips, room layouts, or rants about companies, contractors, and previous owners. While these may be of interest, we are trying to provide a place that allows and limits conversation. Again, the main goal here is to help homeowners with their homes. Thus, this thread. Thanks for participating. If you **wonder why lumber prices are so high**, please don’t post the question again (FAQ): [most of the salient answers and discussion can be found here](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/mwhd5w/is_it_just_osbplywood_or_has_all_wood_prices/). Recently the prices of lumber and other home improvement products have been slowly normalizing but we will leave this part for now as they are still inflated and some people are surprised by the price of some quotes and the like. Please watch [this tread](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/o1ettp/cost_of_lumber_tumbles_after_recordhigh_prices/) where this is discussed. For now, any posts mentioning lumber futures will be removed and directed to this thread. They usually turn into political slur shit shows, so we’ll be removing all posts that ask this question for a while. We appreciate your understanding. If you haven’t already, please **[review the sub guidelines](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/wiki/subrules)**. Also a reminder to stay away from any personal or disrespectful comments. From the sidebar: > Comments should be on topic, helpful, and friendly. Name calling, abusive or hateful language, or disrespectful personal comments are not tolerated. No question is too stupid, too simple, or too basic. We are all here to learn and help each other, enjoy! ___ Our Sidebar Themes:

[Air Conditioning Tips](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/4l1uo3/i_am_an_air_conditioner_repair_tech_20yrs/)

[Asbestos FAQ a.k.a. Am I going to die?](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/aimrmy/questions_about_asbestos_look_here_first/)

[Doors AMA](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/2k5dn8/doors_have_questions_get_in_here/)

[Doors, Sliding patio](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/9lud52/sliding_patio_door_extravaganza/)

[Hiring a contractor?](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/24ni4i/ looking_to_hire_a_contractor_a_little_insight_on/)

[Home Maintenance wiki](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/wiki/maintenance)

[Home Utilities 101](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/iwqxwm/why_is_my_bill_high_home_utilities_101/)

[How much will it cost? aka Always get 3 Quotes!](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/c5qfjk/how_much_will_cost_and_dealing_with_contractors/)

[Load-bearing Walls](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/cmraqy/questions_about_load_bearing_walls_look_here_first/)

[Radon Mitigation AMA](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/4bdpnj/radon_mitigation_technician_here_ama/)

[Tile and Stone AMA](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/2lkqxw/i_work_in_technical_service_for_a_tile_and_stone/?sort=new)

[Tiling, A Guide](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/2vhvmb/psa_theres_a_lot_more_to_tiling_than_just_your/)

[Windows AMA](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/221pej/windows_have_questions_get_in_here_i_have/)

[Windows Part 2](https://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/89h5x4/where_can_i_buy_good_windows_or_doors_myself/)

[FAQ: My First Home Toolbox](http://www.reddit.com/r/HomeImprovement/comments/1xeyuf/home_improvement_faq_my_first_toolbox/)

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