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Letter's found at new construction sites

I realized that for along while when arriving at new construction sites, mostly residential, I see the same 3 capitalized letters spray painted on the road directly in front of the work zone. What do ...
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What causes air voids in concrete?

Really have no idea on what causing concrete to have air voids in it. Is it causes by evaporation of water during the hydration process?
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What type of trellis do I want to build for fruit bearing vines on the south side of the house?

I'm looking at holding up to a ton of vines on a 2 story trellis on including covering up the chimney on the side of the house, in order to keep a lot of summer heat off the house, and was wondering ...
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Can I replace metal porch swing components with wood?

Have a metal porch swing that we haven't used in 6 years because a weld broke on the slat in the back that holds the two ends together. Wondering if I could replace the mesh fabric and the metal ...
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How to make a rectangular pipe structure with clockwise threads

I'm trying to make a gate structure for my attic to prevent people from falling through the pull-down stairs opening. For this, I'm joining threaded iron piping together with elbow joints and t-...
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Would adding ceiling joists in combination with a ridge beam reduce the reaction force of the ridge beam supports?

so think of a normal coupled roof design, with ceiling joists acting as ties for the rafters, except the rafters aren't attached to a ridge board, but a structural ridge beam. Would this configuration ...
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Can a structural ridge beam be used in a hip roof design?

If so this would place the ridge beam somewhere in the middle of the roof, how would you provide support for the ridge beam in this instance?, could you support it by an internal wall? This is for a ...
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Replace load bearing studs with 4x4 posts

I would like to open up our dining room to our living room, but don't want to install an LVL due to a limited budget. We decided to get creative. By simply removing the sheetrock, and using the ...
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How to leave low voltage wiring behind wall?

I am having a new home built and I am putting in my own low voltage wiring. In addition to standard network wiring, I am hoping to install CAT6 wiring for a few potential future tasks: surveillance ...
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Do I need an architect?

I apologize now if the answer is obvious, but I'd like to be absolutely sure before proceeding with out an architect. I have purchased land that I intend to build a house on, and I'm now at the stage ...
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What's the best way to cut through this wall?

I am adding insulation+drywall between open rafters. What's the best way (tool, blade/bit, technique, other advice) to get through these wall layers for ventilation? (I'll put mesh and grilles over ...
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First floor of house wobbles!

I've seen similar questions but I'm still stuck for an answer, so I hope someone can help... I've just built what is essentially a two-storey cube, 6m x 6m x 6m. It's a steel construction, a little ...
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Can the parties who sign a building permit be liable in any way, shape or form of water damage to a building? [closed]

Suppose you have a condo building. That condo building was built 10 years ago. The statutes of limitations is only good for 6 years (for negligence purposes). There is water damage to the condo's ...
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what size ground wire should i buy?

I am trying to connect my house to the current meter pole that is 300 feet away I am going to buy 250kcmil for the load conductors. I know that I can save some money by buying a smaller size ground ...
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Can I shim the top of an 6x6 post that i supporting a beam?

I'll admit it - I cut a 6x6 fir post 7/8" too short. I don't relish buying a new one because of cost, it being the weekend, and the attachment to the base pier is with a knife-style simpson connection ...
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What is the best adhesive for making styrofoam sandwich panels?

I wanted to make some panels in which styrofoam sheets are sandwiched in between 2 steel sheets. What kind of adhesives are best for this job. I also want the fastest curing time for adhesive because ...
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Name of plastic piece

Where can I buy this plastic piece? Here is another pic: I need it to place it between these two metal rods so that the curtain will slide easier: Now I don't need this exact same piece but ...
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Water on construction site. Damage to bricks?

I managed to sneak on the construction site of my future apartment and noticed a large puddle of water where my apartment is. The first row of bricks is already wet as you can see in the picture. ...
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Is permeable concrete suitable for a houses foundations?

I'm curious if using permeable or pervious concrete for all or part of a houses foundations would provide excellent flood protection? Would it be strong enough to support a house and if not could it ...
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What code requirements exist for low-sill, upper-floor windows?

I own a house in Texas (USA), built in 1885. I am renovating, enclosing the second floor back porch; it's essentially an addition, with a bathroom, a storage closet, and a hallway. The area will be ...
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Installing attic stairs

I want to install attic stairs. The rough opening is 30x44 when measured to the wall. Or 30x51 if measured to the end of the opening. Most attic stairs are 30x54. Is there a way to install the stairs ...
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Water leak between sill and concrete pad

I'm repairing a three season room. I took it down to the studs, put in new sill plates and sliding glass doors. For the sill I put down Protecto wrap, latex caulk, a pressure treated 2x4 and secured ...
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Safe/professional way to transport lumber with just a roof rack

I'm doing some home improvement, and have the necessary skills, tools, etc, for the job. There is one thing I'm lacking: a large pickup truck for transporting lumber. A buddy of mine used to have one, ...
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Ground level deck - how to attach bearers to concrete

I'm building a free-standing deck that is at ground level on one side, and the ground slopes away to about 60cm on the other. My question is, what's the best approach for the bearers at the point ...
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How do you keep vertical siding on a house from leaking?

I've been thinking about building a little house lately, and I've got most everything worked out on how I'd like to do it. I haven't actually started building yet, but I am aiming for installing ...
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How to seal HVAC ducts running through old window to addition?

My house has a small addition that was added by the previous owners. They ran the HVAC ducts through an old window and some of the block: The rectangular section in the window should be easy ...
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Why did they hammer nails in half way and bent them over to secure supports?

In my 1950s house they hammered nails in half way and bent them over to secure the supports to the beam. Why was this technique used?
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How many man hours to build a small house? [closed]

I'm looking for a general estimate of "man hours" needed to build a small house. I'm sure it will vary widely. The purpose is curiosity, and to enable one to take it as reference and compare with time ...
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How can I place treads on these stairs around a corner?

I have built the start of these stairs. It's a difficult concept for me to build stairs around a corner so I cut part of the deck so it wasn't an abrupt 90 degrees going into the stairs (which wouldn'...
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Building an archway

As part of a much larger building project, I will be replacing a 12 foot section of wall between two rooms, which includes removing two 2x4s and one 4x4. The 4x4 is due to the house being built using ...
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Building fitted desk for home office

I have a spare bedroom which I'm converting to a home office. It's been stripped out and I'm about to start painting it. I'm looking ahead slightly to the next (I think!) step which is fitting a desk ...
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Will a kitchen with porcelain tiles on the last floor of a house add too much weight?

My house is more than a 100 years and the kitchen I'm concerned about is on the second floor. I would like to cover my kitchen with porcelain tiles, but I'm thinking that doing so would add too much ...
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does this look like an up to code support beam?

we had an entry way widened a bit which required them to install a longer support beam. I'm absolutely not a professional. But the 2x4's supporting the larger beam don't seem very substantial to me. ...
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how do I fix hinges to sandstone (that is quite soft)

I have a sandstone wall that I want to fit a gate to. The sandstone crumbles with little effort. I am concerned any fixings will work loose quickly with any use
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Ideal Sill Plate width for new construction on 8" block

I've got an addition with a new 8" cinder block wall. I'm curious if it's better to have a 2x8 or 2x6 sill plate? It will be waterproofed on the outside and covered with 2" foam so there shouldn't ...
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High Tunnel truss

I am building a high tunnel. I have a 40' jig onsite to build 10 parabolic trusses. Each is built w/ 2 1x6 laminated and screwed, then a 4x4 block every 1' then 2 more 1x6's epoxied and screwed ...
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Can you install a wall ontop of a travertine floor? [duplicate]

Can you install a 2x4 wall that is 13' long on top of a travertine tile floor? Or do I need to cut the tile and mount the bottom stud right to the cement? This will not be a load bearing wall.
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Can concrete demo material be used as fill behind same project?

I am demolishing the old outdoor steps at the rear of my house, built circa 1955. I have discovered that they are not constructed on the ground surface, but sit upon a concrete block structure about 4 ...
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How do I protect and insulate a ceiling built against the roof?

My upper floor used to be a large attic. Sometime in the past the entire space was converted to living space: 2 bedrooms, 2 finished closets, and two unfinished storage "closets". Much of the ...
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How do I extend a 2x4 by connecting another one end to end?

My hardware store only sells 8' cuts of 2x4s. How do I extend length horizontally with another 2x4 and support the joining best? Is there a joint or strong tie for this? I have three support legs ...
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How can I lift buckets of mortar to second floor?

I need to lift around 100-120 buckets of mortar to level the surface of two slabs (around 20 square meters). Besides raising each bucket pulling a rope up, is there any other (EASY) way of doing that?...
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how to attach gutter when there is an additional trim board on fascia?

This question could be slightly misleading because I am not 100% sure of the terminology. I am replacing an old gutter - see existing installation below. My understanding (from this article) is that ...
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Knee Brace support Hanger for Treehouse

I am going to be building a Treehouse soon, and am researching the best and most cost effective means to do so. I am good on the platform and beams (using Treehouse Attachment Bolts), and am going to ...
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Concrete porches pulling away from home and cracking

I have an 1940'sish home with old concrete porches (x3) they are cracking, chipping, and pulling away from the home. Would I be able to repair them? If not could I build a deck over them (wooden)? I ...
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How can I eliminate home shaking caused by vibration from heavy traffic/poor road condition?

I need your help! I own a house near a state road (trucks, buses are allowed) near Philadelphia. With the bad snow years the past few years, our road condition deteriorated but not so badly (little ...
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How do I mount a flat object on a rounded roof tile?

My objective is to mount the plastic (Home Depot) owl in the 1st image below (flat underneath) at the end of the roof in the 2nd image. Although you can't see the roof in the image where it will mount ...
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Issues with stacking shipping containers at odd angles?

We're interested in building a house out of intermodal shipping containers, probably the standard 40' x 8' x 8' ones. I understand that (a) shipping containers were designed to be stacked on their ...
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Does there exist such a thing as mini-scaffold?

I'm looking to create an anti-RSI workstation. Something like: (only that particular one happens to be a scam called NEThrone) Only what I have in mind is hacking together something using maybe a ...
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Help understanding Window anatomy

I'm renovating my basement, which has one double-hung vinyl window (pictured). I want to add one more on the same wall and trying to get a close match. The windows in this house were replaced in 2007 (...
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Non-sanding solution to get old pen markings out of wood?

My wife and I have a toddler who is ready to graduate to a big boy bed, and her parent's handed us down a twin bed that they've had in storage for years (woo hoo). The problem with it is that someone ...