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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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Creating deck on top of single story flat roofed home

I have a rectangle home that measures 20' wide by 40' long with a giant chimney in the center that spans down through the kitchen and based in 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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Foam insulation around edge of bath. What is its purpose?

While doing some bathroom renovation, I noted foam insulation around the edge of the recessed bath when examining underneath it. The foam would extrude in places above and below the edge of the bath ...
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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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Can I install Kerdi board just on the walls of my shower and use a PVC membrane on the floor?

I have poured the preslope on the cement floor, and installed the Oatey PVC membrane and 3 piece drain. I would like to use Kerdi board on the walls, but not the floor. Can I install Kerdi board ...
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How to hang a 170 pound board onto a brick building

I need to hang a 20 feet wide by 12 feet high wood billboard flat onto a 50 year old brick and mortar building. The board weighs 170 pounds. I want to bolt it to the mortar not the bricks. How do I do ...
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Beam span for covered patio…please help?

I hope someone out there can help me out. I have a pergola type patio that I am putting a 3/12 roof over. Right now it is supported by 6 x 6 post that are 13 feet apart. There are 2 2x10's running ...
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Attaching swing bolts to sistered 2x10’s

I have 2x10’s that I will be sandwiching together to make a big stiff beam for an adult swing set. I’m about to put it together, but then I thought “how do you drill the screws for swings into a ...
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Attaching deck beam to side of post

I know that standard deck construction involves attaching the beam on top of the post. On the small deck I am building (4X6) I would like to continue the posts up through to be the rail posts. Is ...
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The structural integrity of a backyard structure

I need a shed, but I really don't want to put a standard-looking shed. I would like something that's pleasing to the eye and fits my property. In addition, I thought it would be cool to have a second ...
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Spring water in basement of new construction

Location: Northern New Brunswick, Canada Lakeside property. Last fall we dug and poured our concrete foundation, which has a full height basement and a walk-in, which needed a step foundation in that ...
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Is a porch temporarily roofed with just tar paper likely to be damaged by rain?

General Contractor has been hired to build a wrap around porch onto our house. He has most of the construction completed (decking, columns, soffits, etc) but still has not shingled the roof. It’s ...
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Is the wall in this blue print able to be removed? (Blueprint in Spanish.)

I am looking at a home to purchase in Queretaro, MX where I have been transferred for five years. There is a two year old home in a great location for the right price but the rooms are really small. ...
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New Build - Bowed Lumber & Holes In Sheathing

I'm building a new home and wanted to be on top of things that may become major issues later on. They just did most of the framing and there are some 2x4s which are visibly bowed as well as floor ...
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How to move building material, including large timbers, onto my property?

I'm trying to build a small house on my rural property. I'm trying to use a building kit, which is delivered normally by a series of 18-wheelers. It includes large timbers, such as six 6x8 x 14ft ...
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Support Beam Hole

How do I repair a 10" support beam with a 6" hole cut through it short of replacing the support beam? We have not tried anything yet. What would you recommend?
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How to extend a 2x6 joist to accommodate a hanger board for stairs?

I live in an antique home with 2x6 ceiling joists. The stairs are being rebuilt and the current hanger board for the stringers will not work. So I have attached a picture of the current setup and one ...
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What are the minimum insulation code requirements for a steel arch building (Quonset hut) used as a residence?

I'm interested in building a steel Quonset hut home in central Texas. I've done a fair amount of research on what's involved, but I'm stuck on insulation. The IECC defines minimum insulation ...
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conjoin 2 ponds

I'm trying to design a temporary water barrier so I can conjoin 2 ponds. I have a new pond 2-3' distance between each other. I'd like to move my fish and most of the water from the old pond into the ...
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Is it ok to splice wall sheathing partway up a wall?

I am building a workshop and I have 7 vertical feet to sheathe to reach the tip of the roof. I have 4x8 sheets but they're too heavy for me to lift to the top by myself. I'm considering cutting them ...
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Can I fit a 90" dining table plus 8 chairs in an 11' ford cargo van? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out what size van I need to move a 90" dining table plus 8 chairs, the 2 table legs can be detached from table top for transport: The van has 11 feet of cargo space Height of ...
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Removing the vibration from a loud motor

VIDEO showing my situation below... I have an electric heater in my garage and the fan motor is vibrating, resulting in a lot of noise. I noticed that if I press my finger against the back of the ...
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Are these integrated diagonal wall braces structurally important?

I was helping a friend expand the width of a closet door, and when we pulled the drywall off the interior wall frame, we noticed some 45-degree wall braces in the interior wall. I am pretty sure ...
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Can I use pressure-treated lumber to reinforce a bridge? [closed]

I am re-decking a wooden bridge. I need to add a support beam. Can this be done using 2 x 10 pressure treated wood. The bridge length is 24 feet. The beam will need to be the same.
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How to remove a couple tiles BEFORE grouting

Long story short - I installed a subway tile backsplash and 95% of it looks good, but there is a 1 foot by 1 foot area that came out wavy. I want to remove just this small area and redo it before I ...
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Is there a reason not to nail up drywall?

I have a bunch of drywall to put up. I am staring at a loaded 15-gauge framing nail gun, and a drill + a box of drywall screws, and boy oh boy does that nail gun look tempting. When attaching to ...
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What is pile foundation? Where we need of this type of foundation? [closed]

I am little confused about pile foundation if anyone have knowledge about it then please give me some info.
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Which type of site tool box/vault is most secure

I've been investing quite a lot of money in power tools trying to up my game in the world of carpentry construction and feel that's it's just a matter of time before I lose the lot to thieves unless I ...
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160mm pvc pipe running through a deep concrete pour - will it crush?

I have am unusual situation. I had to use 160mm pvc pipe to create a wide duct for services connections that must pass about 500-660mm deep through a new footing that's about to be poured. The pipe is ...
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Removing diagonal truss brace?

Looking to put insulation, plasterboards on the garage ceiling and some down lighters, Not a massive amount of heavy stuff is currently stored there (primarily boxes etc). There are 5 joists, joist ...
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Inground trashcan hinge

I am trying to search for the in ground trashcan hinge. I've tried searching online for the part but don't know the correct name of it. Very hard to come by locally. The lid where it attached is about ...
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Inground trashcan missing neck

I have two in ground trash cans that are missing the neck where the hinge attaches to the lid. When it rains, water gets in and fills the hole. I have a 32 gallon plastic trash can that I put in and ...
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2x4’s embeded in the foundation wall

A home is going up right next door, and I noticed that the foundation walls have 2x4’s embedded in them. Won’t that cause the concrete to crack when the wood gets wet?
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Planning an oversized deck [closed]

we are planning on building an oversized deck 50 foot long, 18 foot wide, 9 foot high Using 2x12x18 southern pine decking joist. Planning on spacing post 6 foot apart. I’m looking for advice ...
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How to install a vinyl fence gate on a pool deck?

I am trying to install a vinyl fence between a deck and the pool in a backyard. The homeowner wants the fence (Wam Bam Vinyl Fence system) to run the width of the backyard until it gets to the deck ...
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Sleeve anchors not going all the way in?

I bought some 3/8" x 3" sleeve anchors for a fence i'm installing. This is very hard concrete from a building ledge; the holes cannot be drilled with a regular hammer drill. So we drilled 3" holes ...
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Name of accessory to hold rope together?

What's the name of this accessory that holds two pieces of rope together?
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Should I cut control joints into a 10' by 12' shed slab?

I'm building a 10'x12' shed on a new concrete slab. The plans call for a 4" slab (thicker at the edge). My question is about control joints. It seems that 10'x12' is right on the edge of what should ...
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Will a Bosch hammerdrill bit drill concrete faster than a cheap Makita bit?

I had to drill several 3/8" holes into very hard concrete. I purchased a Bosch LBH008 drill bit, but since I hadn't received it, I bought a cheaper $3.60 Makita drill bit that drills incredibly slow. ...
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Guidelines for poured concrete over corrugated metal

It seems common in some commercial construction to use corrugated steel plates to form a 'deck' surface which concrete is later poured onto. The combined steel/concrete then forms a very strong floor ...
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Inset shelf construction for a network rack

I want to construct a hole in the wall type shelf. On the other side of the wall is an attic space for the side of the house, it has plenty of room to do what I need. I will be making the frame, ...