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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, ...
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Proper way to level a shed foundation on concrete patio

I am building a shed from a kit. The floor kit has a pretty standard 8x12 layout, but the instructions state that it should be leveled by setting it on 3 parallel treated 4x4s (runners), and that the ...
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How to attach a “lean to” shed to a garage? [closed]

I recently purchased the plans for this 10'x6' Lean To Shed. It is designed to be free-standing, but I'd like to attach this to the back of my garage, which is more than large enough to accommodate. ...
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Should my unfinished siding be left uncovered when it rains?

My contractors are re doing my sidings now. The house is left bare as you can see in the pictures is it okay that it's left this way when it's raining or do they have to cover it with tarp or ...
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Resilient Channel and Drywall Orientation

I’ve got a 20’x12’ vaulted ceiling, 4/12 pitch that I want to install resilient channel on to reduce the risk of cracking; sound damping is not important. Trusses are just plain 2x6’s in the roof. ...
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Cutting through Shed style roof [closed]

I'd like to install a new window to increase ventilation & install a new window a/c in this room as the long window in the picture doesnt open. The only way I'd get an ideal window placement is if ...
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Is a 15 foot tall pergola not feasible?

Looking for some structural wisdom :) I have a deck that sits 6 feet off the ground, and I want to build a pergola whose "roof" (beams/slats) are 9 feet above the deck. So, from ground (grass) to ...
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Bases for anchoring 2" tubes?

Is there a base, similar to this simpson 4" 12-gauge ez base, that can be used to anchor a 2" steel tube/pipe? It would be exactly the same thing, but instead of a 4" square, it would be a 2" round ...
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Reproduce/build 4“x4” steel bases using brackets?

I was searching for bases that will be used to anchor 4-ft x 4"x4" posts to concrete, and I saw this 12-gauge base for $18. I was also looking at these bases, but they seem a little flimsy. I'm ...
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What can I use for full scale mock-ups other than less expensive lumber? [closed]

We are often asked to do full scale mock-ups of proposed projects - whether a pergola, shed, or stone layout. Clients want to see how a project will look in the space and experience the sense of an ...
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Could a group of lay volunteers build interior office space to code? [closed]

I work for a small nonprofit. We have a building with a large empty 2nd floor (old warehouse). We'd like to subdivide it into offices, meeting space, etc. but we can't afford to hire a professional. ...
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Drilling Countersink for Acrylic Tub-Shower Surround Fasteners

I am planning on installing a Delta 400 Classic Curve Acrylic Tub and matching Surround. Above, and around, the surround will be Purple drywall or Cement Board. Tile will not be involved. I would ...
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Anchor In Foundation Doesn't Seem Right

I am getting a house built, and it looks like one of my anchor bolt wasn't placed correctly (not inside the wood). I compared with a they dont all appear to be like mine. Should I be worried about ...
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Open steel columns on construction site exposed to heavy rain?

Last night it rained heavy on a home site where 8, 20ft / 6x6," steel columns (not galvanized) were under the rain as they were sticking up vertically from concrete foundation columns where the bottom ...
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Insulating a 2x4 wall with exterior rigid foam

I'm gutting the interior and redoing the siding of my old house. Unfortunately the exterior walls are only 2x4 which makes it challenging to reach R20 code let alone go above it to make a greener more ...
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How are rivnuts measured and what eyebolt fits?

At Amazon, I've seen RN14 1/4"-20 steel rivet nuts, RN516 5/16"-18 steel rivet nuts, RN1024 #10-24 steel rivet nuts, 1/4-20UNC, 3/8-16, M3, M5, etc. I also saw the following image explaining the ...
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How do I determine when the temperature will be safe to pour concrete without additives?

I'm owner-building a house and need to schedule my contractors, materials, and travel, but since nothing can start until the slab is in place, and the slab is weather sensitive, I need to know how to ...
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What considerations need to be taken when building a lakefront property?

I'm in the process of evaluating a lake-front lot in my city in hopes of building my next home there. The lot is on a small peninsula as seen on google maps here. I briefly talked to a friend of mine ...
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Weight a foundation can hold [closed]

Would a 6" slab with mesh, rebar and fiber hold a 2 story log home made from hemlock logs that are 16" wide? The mesh will be doubled up on the outer edges and rebar will run both ways. It's 32x40.
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Could a layman build a house from plans?

i am looking at pre-made architectural house plans on the Internet ranging from 300 to 800 square feet, some multi-level. I have no housebuilding experience. I don't imagine many of the millennials ...
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Adjustable angle climbing wall with electric hoist and pulleys - how to lock the pulleys?

When I first set up the electric hoist wires, I had a snatch block pulley not just there at the wall near the hoist - but I had two on the climbing wall at each anchor point, and I hooked in the wire ...
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Replacement Window Rails Not Aligned

I had a custom Reliabilt window built by Lowes a couple weeks ago. I installed it and made sure everything was level and square but I noticed the rails are not in alignment. I took the window out to ...
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Connect two sheet materials with no access to other side [closed]

I want to make a connection between to thin sheet materials that can be disassambled. Seems easy enough, right? Just use nut bolt and washers. The problem is that when the connection is made there is ...