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Converting garage into living room?

We want to convert the garage into the living room. Our house has a crawl space under it. But the garage is a slab with cinder blocks around it. Water comes in through the garage door when it rains ...
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How to keep a block wall from blowing out at the bottom

I am hiring block masons to build me a 24' x 44' block building, and I want to know how to keep the lower courses of blocks from bowing under pressure of 3 feet of dirt backfill or weight from the ...
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How wide does a 6x6 concrete post footing needs to be?

Need to attach 6x6x8 posts for a free-standing pergola - I'll use Strong-Tie anchors attached to the concrete footing. The hole for the footing will reach well below the freezing line, but how wide ...
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Can a concrete block be split the same way you cut stone?

I just bought a house with a large retaining wall built out of stackable concrete blocks. At one intersection there's an extra block that sticks out awkwardly. If I score a line with a chisel can I ...
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How should I encapsulate a basement wall with chipping paint on a porous surface?

I have a basement wall with several layers of chipping paint. I can't say officially, but I'm pretty certain the bottom layer (dark green in the photos) is lead-based, while the upper layers are not. ...
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How to clean sand and brick dust off concrete paver blocks?

I have a floor of concrete paver blocks. There is a brown stain on them due to the presence of sand and bricks powder. I'm afraid of using more Hydrochloric acid because it didn't remove all the stain ...
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Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu rough opening without wood buck?

I recently cut two holes in my foundation and installed new windows. I lined my hole with 2x8 PT wood bucks that I attached to the masonry with Tapcon screws. Then I attached my window nailing flange ...
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Does anyone know if concrete blocks with half-moon tops are made?

I'm planning to finish a concrete block fence and would like to cap it with a rounded half-moon style block for aesthetics (the whole thing will be covered with surface-bonding cement for an adobe-ish ...
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What causes wet/damp concrete blocks in a newly built shed?

Over three weeks ago, we had building contractors in to build a turf shed and today there was heavy rainfall all day and we noticed wet/dampness on the inside of the blocks. There are two coats of ...
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How can you attach those stair steps to cement blocks?

My wife asked me if these kind of stairs could be done in our new house: The house I'm building is made of concrete blocks (which would be left unfinished in the first floor). Now, is there a safe ...
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How can I drill through concrete blocks to allow drainage from my backyard?

My back yard has a brick floor and is surrounded by a concrete block wall. In heavy rains, the yard pools with rain water. How do I go about cutting drain holes in the wall or floor?
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How do you secure electrical outlets in a concrete block wall?

I have an old home that has several outlets in the exterior wall. These outlets are not secured to the block, they just dangle in the opening and are only secure (or appear to be firmly in place) due ...
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How can I prevent this concrete block wall from falling over?

I have a concrete wall that separates my backyard with my neighbor’s. It has been there for decades (at the very least 30 years). I have a slope of about 30 degrees and have noticed that the wall is ...
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What type of screws and anchors are used for concrete?

I have cinder block walls along one side of the garage and hang a lot of 'tool storage' hangers and such. Often what I buy comes with screws and anchors so I use that but I have some hangers I just ...
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How should I build an exterior door landing pad?

I've got a building with several exterior doors (all opening inward). The slab and walk-up is about 18+" from the ground. Code requires that I have a 36"x36" landing pad outside each exterior door. ...
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What is the cheapest way to brighten a basement workshop?

I have a bare concrete block unfinished basement. I have zero moisture problems (it's a 2007 construction with exterior waterproofing applied to the concrete along with a buried perimeter drain). ...
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What is cinderblock?

I live in the UK and have never heard of cinderblock, what is it?
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“Draining” concrete blocks?

We've recently had exterior waterproofing applied our house. In the process, we removed an old cold room that was underneath our porch. They walled up the entrance to the old cold room, and then ...
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Should a 3'-4' retaining wall have interlocking blocks?

I'm building a 3'-4' retaining wall in my backyard and I'm in the process of choosing block. One of the blocks I like isn't engineered with any kind of lip or interlocking feature. Is this necessary ...
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How do I properly renovate the concrete floor of my balcony?

I live in an apartment that can be characterized as an old soviet-era, 5-story, multi-apartment, concrete block-based building. That means, everything was built by "stroybat" a soviet-time army ...
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How to mitigate and/or repair concrete frets (slab edge wetting)

A building engineer made a report of problems with our property. One issue raised was "slab edge wetting" by which the building engineer meant that the concrete slab on which the house is built is ...
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What compound should I use to fill drilled holes in cinder block?

I have some holes drilled previously on my house that I would like to fill in. Do they make a liquid concrete in a tube compound that I can squeeze into the holes to fill them in and keep wasps out? ...