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What is the laziest way I can build a non-structural, non-aesthetic cinder block wall to contain compost?

I have a ton of brush that I used to burn, but I recently bought a chipper/shredder and want a spot to compost it along with grass clippings and greens. I also have 3 tons of CMUs that are just ...
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How deep do the footings have to be for a gazebo?

I am building a free-standing hexagon gazebo around an existing circular concrete pad, so the gazebo will not have a wooden floor. The only weight that the footings will support is the weight of the ...
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Connect new footings to old footings

I have a 7 foot section of an addition that has no footing. It is a square addition, so 3 walls on the back of the house. It is about 13 x 12. One of the side walls is missing about 7' of footing and ...
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rain cover for basement steps

I'm making a plywood rain cover for basement steps. The area is 5' wide by 8 'long. The height will be 8'. I want to make concrete footings for the support posts. What size and width of hole for ...
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How far does a ground rod need to be from the foundation?

I need to ground an antenna strapped to my chimney, which requires hammering in a new ground rod. However, the entire side of my house is paved, meaning I can't dig it up to find the foundation ...
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Footings for free-standing structure

We moved into a house that backs up to some trees and a small creek. There aren't any good trees for a tree house back there, but I would like to build a raised fort for the kids instead. It will be ...
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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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Are buried footings required for a shed or other structure to withstand 90mph winds?

I want to build a small 10x10 shed in my backyard. My city code doesn't require building permits for structures under 120 sq. ft. and doesn't require footings that run down below the frost line for ...
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What can I fill a trench around my house with to avoid creating a drainage issue?

I am planning out my footing insulation job. Right now it's a pretty standard floating slab-on-grade with footings extending down a few feet, and the footings are uninsulated. A ring of concrete was, ...
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Worth it to add footing insulation if there's already a thermal break?

I've been considering insulating the outside perimeter footings of my 1972 ranch house in northern New Mexico. The slab-on-grade it's built on (that constitutes the subfloor) reaches a temperature ...
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How/where can I find out what the frost-line is for my area?

Aptos, CA, United States What service or documentation resource can I use to determine what the frost-line is for my area? I'd be inclined to ask the county building/planning office but I suspect ...
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Should I pour a footing and pier at the same time?

I am pouring concrete for deck footings. I need an 18in diameter footing to carry the weight, and I will also use a 8 in diameter pier to bring it to an inch above ground. The footing must be 30 in ...
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How should I build large concrete footings for my deck?

I live in Howard County Maryland. You may find out deck guide useful for this question, although probably not needed. It requires 18 in diameter footings 30 inches in to the ground and must be 8 in ...
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How can I fix a tilted concrete shed footing?

We just bought our first home, and it came with a shed (hooray! Workspace!). The shed has a footing that's about 8" wide and runs the perimeter of shed, and at some point erosion has caused the part ...
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How should I build the concrete footings for my deck?

I plan on making a small deck and I live in Howard County Maryland. The deck code here says that the concrete footing must be 30 in below ground level and have a thickness of at least 8 inches (i.e. ...
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How do I determine the correct rise of a step for a concrete footing on a slope?

Going to be building a retaining wall in the front yard on a slope. I'm going to be using King size residential bricks to make a 2 wythe wall. Because of the slope I'll need to have 3-4 steps in the ...
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What is the proper deck footing depth in Connecticut?

I'm moving a deck footing for an existing deck, the current one is in the wrong location and it's too small. What is the proper depth in Connecticut in order to ensure that it doesn't suffer from ...
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Footing for a porch?

To waterproof the front of our house, we have removed the existing porch and we're debating how to build the new one. The cold room that the old porch was on top of is about 4.5 feet wide, 3.5 feet ...
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What are some tips for tamping gravel?

I'm packing medium-sized gravel (1.5"-minus crushed rock) in to holes, to provide a stable base for pier blocks in clay-rich soil. There are 30 holes, roughly 24" diameter, 18" deep. I have a 10" x ...
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How can I efficiently dig small footing holes?

I am trying to dig holes that are 18" square, and 12"+ deep. The site is mostly undisturbed soil, although there is a thin layer of topsoil or fill in some areas. The soil is glacial till, so a mix ...