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Mar
22
comment How much concrete for a fence post?
this can be true, but does depend on the type of soil one has in their area. There's a big difference between sand and hard clay, for example.
Mar
22
comment How much concrete for a fence post?
yea, 12" is a giant hole. That's way overkill. In fact, a lot of people say that any concrete is overkill, and you should simply be using compactable crushed rock.
Mar
22
comment Renovation for Dummies
Pictures can help, but that particular picture seem to unnecessarily complicate a relatively simple bit of code. Why do I care that you store toilet paper on the bottom shelf? :)
Mar
21
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Mar
15
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Mar
15
comment Is this decorative trim or exterior bracing?
@Iggy note that Tudors aren't board-and-batten. They are what's called half-timbered (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timber_framing#Half-timbered)--or rather, emulating half-timbered construction. Those are definitely often painted in contrasting colors given that they are entirely different materials (wood v stucco). Board-and-batten, on the other hand, are usually painted the same color (as it's both the same material). A 'real' half timbered structure is what holds up the house (essentially a post-and-beam structure). Board and batten isn't...it's just siding.
Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
Oh, I'd also consider a wood deck instead. It'd be much easier and cheaper to build.
Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
If you do go this route I'd a) treat the perimeter as a retaining wall using retaining wall blocks (instead of cinder blocks) b) consult an engineer
Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
Did I miss the 4' high part in the question? Oh...I did! I totally agree here. 3' is pretty high and likely deserves some engineering. That said, 3' is an ok height for retaining walls and should hold the patio just fine.
Mar
2
comment How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
3/4" is typical, but ask your local landscape supplier for what is best available in your area.
Mar
2
comment How to cut a piece of 2x3 wood crossways perfectly?
That will work, but I'd use this as an excuse to get a power radial mitre saw.
Mar
2
answered How can I properly support a raised concrete patio?
Feb
26
comment How to best fill in rat holes outside?
Spreading peanut butter flavored d-con around a yard is a terrible idea for all the local animals...both wild and domestic. It's also not easily monitored (which is important when trying to figure out if one still has a rodent problem)
Feb
26
comment How to best fill in rat holes outside?
If the point is to see if the rats are alive or not, why not just fill it with dirt? I don't understand the need for concrete.
Feb
26
answered Reducing humidity with a fan: top or bottom?
Feb
25
comment Alternatives to conventional weep screed, for stucco to the ground homes?
You may need a lot more than an angle grinder. I've tried cutting old stucco before. That stuff is seriously dense! Might have to go the concrete saw method.
Feb
25
comment How do I start making cement on my own?
Manufacturing cement is pretty simple. But it's not cheap and typically involves things like strip mining and industrial furnaces. It's not a DIY project.
Feb
25
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Feb
25
comment Will this fence provide good wind resistance? (And is it a correctly built shiplap fence?)
@BradCook no I would not. Ship lap is actually a kind of board where the edges are formed to overlap but the board is flat--not angled.
Feb
24
comment Will this fence provide good wind resistance? (And is it a correctly built shiplap fence?)
@BradCook those 'cracks' are the wood splitting because the nails were put too close to the end of the board and/or weren't predrilled. Just not a very well crafted fence from what I can tell.