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Stacking new drywall on top of drywall that is behind tile

First post here. I am currently doing a small remodel of a bathroom in a house I just bought and am trying to keep costs and time spent, low. I had to tear out all the drywall due to the previous ...
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Augers- Gas vs Electric Power source [closed]

Good day everyone, The question I'd like to ask is why gas-powerheads are used to drive small-scale boring operations ( <14" hole diameter) when their specifications appear to be substantially ...
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How is wet cellulose insulation usually blown into walls?

I'm dried-in on new construction on my own house and plan to DIY the insulation as I have done many times. Not looking forward to stapling it up. I see companies offering a wall cellulose solution ...
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Moving a shed for clearance

My building inspector says my shed is too close to the property line (due to the gable overhang) so I need to move it forward about a foot or two. It's a framed floor on solid concrete blocks, but ...
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Concrete block water wall footing requirements

My wife and I would like to build a 6 foot high, 8 foot long fountain wall, using concrete cinder block that will then be covered with stone veneer. My question is regarding the footing. We obviously ...
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What is this type of clamp called?

I'm trying to identify a type of clamp that can hold some piece perpendicular to a surface. The clamp looks like two cylinders molded together by an arc shape. The arc shape exerts a spring force. See ...
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What should be done to check the capacity of a 100+ year old wooden floor joist?

Short version A 7.5cm x 20cm wooden floor joist from an apartment constructed in 1906 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands will be subjected to an increased load. The type of loading the floor joist will ...
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What equipment/material/knowledge is needed to visually fix a garage ramp

On the left is the actual state of a garage ramp. I'd like to rectify it visually so that it looks as on the right. What knowledge/tools do I need to achieve such? ##Edit Following the answer received,...
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Cantilevered pillar TV mount extension

My fireplace is flanked by 24" depth bookshelf niches. I want to install a flat-panel TV so that it is flush with the fireplace, so 24" off the back wall. I'm aware that "full extension&...
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quick release clamps for fixing a standing desk to wall

I just installed an IKEA SKARSTA. In the top position it wobbles a lot when I type, sufficiently to be annoying to unusable. My quick solution was to add 1 bracket at each end and screw them on to the ...
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Turn triple window into one bow window, structural concern?

I have a very old window probably from the beginning of this house in 1970's. Now I want to replace this old aluminum window with a bow window. my question is there are two posts of the triple window. ...
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Is my treehouse platform structurally sound?

I'm working on my first treehouse as an adult 😂 I've built plenty out of scraps as a kid, but nothing of this magnitude. I'm mostly concerned about the structural integrity of the platform with this ...
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Cracks in new house concrete foundation

I am buying a new home. The foundation was poured in Sept 2019. The home is nearing completion but the floors have not yet been installed. I see cracks in the foundation. Most concerning are two ...
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Why do exterior decks not use 2x12 or 2x10 lumber?

It is time to replace the exterior decking (mostly cedar, but some planks replaced by Douglas-fir). Alas, the finishing work 12 years ago did not endure; some planks have rotted— particularly at ends ...
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Can a wood cabin be laid directly on a existing concrete foundation if a DPC is added?

I am figuring out the foundation for a small wood cabin for my back garden, due to height being a premium I was wondering if I could put the wood directly on an existing garage foundation. Providing I ...
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How to replace beam with supporting wall

I have an old beam in my barn/garage. The building has a second story, so it is the main support for the center of the building. I want to remove this beam because its very old, and replace it with a ...
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How to reshape square tube after welding a small square bar along one of the sides

I've welded a few 3 m long square tubes out of mild steel angle bars (1.5x1/8) and along one corner side of the tubes welded a 8 mm square bar with one weld along the corner side of the tubes. Now the ...
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Do I need rim joist for this tree house platform? What will happen if I leave them off?

Because the angle is odd and the trees are not parallel my idea was to put everything up as is, tack the decking on and then strike a line on the joists to cut them exactly so they're even. You can ...
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What is a solid beginner 3D modeling software to use to replace paper and pen for home projects? [closed]

I like to make home projects, for example building a bed or a loft or a soundproof room. I also want to design my own house to build. Currently I do the old paper and pen method, but this is limited. ...
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suspending a 36x26 solar panel on a single 4x4x12 post (9' above ground 3 feet into the ground)?

I'd like to suspend a 36x26x1 aluminum solar panel 9 feet above ground on a SINGLE 12' 4x4 timber with some 2x4s at the top. I'm in central Florida. Will it be too top heavy? wind issues? it's a ...
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How to best connect anodized aluminum and wood posts

I have added an anodized aluminum guardrail to the edge of my raised patio on one side. The other sides are surrounded by wood guardrails. The wood posts are roughly 3" x 3" pine, and the ...
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2 post swing set strong enough?

I was planning on making a 2 post swing set. Posts 6x6 inches (5.5x5.5) by 12 feet. 4 feet into ground with cement. Cross beam of 6x6 inches (5.5x5.5) by 10 feet with 2 swings. Will this be strong ...
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How to build a terrace without a deep base?

I am planning to build a wooden terrace near my summer house. I have about 35 leftover steel reinforced concrete slabs that are 137x31x3 cm in size. They weigh about 30-50kg each. I would like to ...
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Building a 60x36 Barn/Tractor Garage/Shop - Question about Structural Integrity

New here! I am a DIYer and I'm looking to build a shed/garage on my property. I designed the structure but am wanting to see if anyone can give me input on the integrity of my design. Basically I just ...
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How to modernise this raised concrete drain in the middle of patio?

I'm planning to take up an old garden patio and lay a new one. However there is an ugly raised drain cover in the middle. This is for inspection of the property's drain at the point where it connects ...
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Can a header be continuous across the whole wall if it is above the top plate?

I have seen that continuous headers can be problematic due to lateral forces. However, in my situation the "header" is actually a 4x6 purlin which is above the top plate. The original purpose of the ...
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Had to shim my double top plate — how should I secure the trusses?

I am building a new detached garage, and one corner of the footing was about 1.5" low. To address this, I installed shims between the two top plates, as shown below. The size of the shim increases ...
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How to Design an Octagonal Cabin

I asked this one earlier but it was closed for some reason, even though I was NOT asking for a product or service recommendation, but creative solutions. I wanted ideas for building an octagonal ...
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Lifting 200-300 LBS with 2x8 wood - design question

I want to lift the body off my 66 VW (not the whole car). Since I already have a 450 lb rated hoist, I decided to take an advantage of it and use it for lifting. This comes handy specially when try to ...
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Adding a 24" closet door to interior shear wall

Does the wall in the image need additional support? I intend to put a 24" wide closet in a hallway. The Wall has a diagonal beam going across it. I believe the beam was put there for shear. Supporting ...
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How does an end notch in a ceiling beam affect deflection calculations?

We have a ceiling beam that is a standard 4x8 over 12 feet. Let's stipulate that is properly sized for the weight load over that span. But, what if, in order to place that beam, we need to notch it ...
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Leak-proofing aluminium windows in a minimalist house

I live in the tropics and plan to build my first home soon. The house will be 2-story with high ceilings (3.96m floor to floor--to improve indoor temp), walls will be made of plastered bricks and I ...
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How can I slope outdoor rounded steps?

I'm having a debate with my contractor about sloping our outdoor stairs. I hope to have 1% slope because we get a lot of rain. But because the steps are rounded, my contractor says the difficulties ...
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Joist hanger too low?

I'm in the process of replacing the joists in a room in my 100 year old house (original members were too far gone with termite damage to do sistering). Original joists were true 2x8s with a 12 foot ...
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What material should I use to make this element

How make this in a space of 7.5m length x 2.5m breadth?
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What is a “locus” when referring to house plumbing pipes?

What is a "locus"? The term was used to describe how a wooden house is set up. They used "locus pipes". Thanks for your help.
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What is this machine's purpose?

I was driving past a house under construction and saw this device in its driveway. It was operating, making a continual noise. Does anyone know what this machine is and what it does?
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Is this loft bed flooring strong enough?

I'm about to construct a loft bed as in picture: it's 240cm long and 180cm wide (7.9ft x 5.9ft). The floor frame is composed of 2 main beams (2x6) that run on the longitudinal direction, and 7 joists ...
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Foundation cracks in new home construction North Texas

I am currently building a house in north Frisco and I noticed a some cracks from the middle of the foundation and they go down to the side as see in the pictures. I have not yet contacted the builder ...
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Pavers vs concrete walkway

What are the pros and cons of constructing a walkway with pavers instead of concrete? Also if pavers are used for the walkway will they eventually have to be replaced? Can weather affect the pavers ...
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Hot tub deck construction

I have a deck that is 10’ off the bottom patio. Bands are 2x12. A single band against the house is lag bolted every other joist. The outer band is a double 2x12. Under the span of the hot tub (about 6....
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What is involved in creating deck on top of single story, flat roofed home?

I have a rectanglular home that measures 20' wide by 40' long with a giant chimney in the center that spans down through the kitchen and into the basement. The chimney has a 3 sided fireplace on one ...
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RUST! are items more rust prone in an free standing shed than in my garage?

my garage is not heated or cooled but it seems tools dont rust there as much as in my free standing shed. why is that. can i simply cover outdoor metal items with a tarp to inhibit large % of rust ...
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How can I raise the floor of a sunken room level with the surrounding floors?

I have a large room that has a 4” sunken area at one end of the room. I want to raise and level the entire room to same height. How do I do that
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How to keep floor insulation dry and safe from pests?

Hi I'm in process of constructing a small house I want to live in. The house will be built on foundation of concrete pilots. Since I want to insulate the floor I am now in process of designing such ...
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Simpson A-35 (framing angle) suitable for this application?

Would an A-35 be suitable for the rafter>top-plate connection shown here? Would I need one on both sides of a rafter, or just on one side? Existing structure (grey) is 12'x 18', 6" CMU block w/rebar, ...
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Question about applying new siding where a picture window is not level

We're putting new siding on a house where the front picture window is not level ~ it's 1" high on the right side. For the best visual appearance should the siding be placed level with the earth or ...
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Do these plastic molds exist?

I want to make a few concrete pavers, so I started looking for a few tutorials, and found this youtube video. In the tutorial, he uses a plastic mold where he pours the concrete. Something like this: ...
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Max span between posts using double doug fir 2x10's

I built a tiny house on a trailer with no problem, but this freaks' me out. I am building a 14'x 44' pergola on a 3-1/2" cement slab. It has a 10'x 44' foot footprint, with 2' overhangs. The beams ...
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Staircase Design Review

I am designing a staircase to be built inside a house. At the moment I am not concerned about materials or supporting structure but rather with the usability and safety. I realize I may not build a ...

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