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How to build apartment floors/ceilings to not transfer sound? [closed]

How do new apartment buildings build their floors/ceilings to prevent the transfer of sound between people living above/below each other? Note: I'm not asking about how to soundproof an existing ...
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How do you level and fasten joists over uneven concrete for a deck?

I'd really appreciate advice on a 'ground level' deck I'm going to build off the back of my house. There is an existing concrete slab (pink in images) in good condition - recently poured before I ...
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Is my garage door header calculation correct?

I'm adding an 8' opening to an existing 2x4 wall originally built almost 30 years ago. The wall is definitely load bearing as it currently supports the ends of 30' trusses on 24" centers. I live ...
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Build a door frame

We have a back porch about 235 sq ft. the previous owner installed it directly on the 2x4s and purlins. It is extremely noisy. Will removing metal sheets then laying plywood/OSB and felt and ...
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What spacing should I use for Unistrut supporting electrical conduit?

When suspending electrical conduit from the ceiling in a warehouse (EMT or Rigid), that runs perpendicular across Unistrut, how far apart are the Unistrut allowed to be? What type of conduit is ...
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Raising a sagging section of my houses central beam ~1.2 inches

My house was built in the 1980s and is your standard rectangular home, garage/basement on the bottom and living space above. I've been renovating the basement slowly and am trying to remove a few ...
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What are interlocking table legs like this called?

For temporary support of a glass pane, I have been looking for cheap steel rods bent into this simple upside-down U shape (the bottom two points will contact the ground): The idea is to join a few of ...
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Where do I place beams for a deck with an angle?

I'm working on the design for a deck and I'll be having a long angle in it. I've used Home Designer Pro to work on the design, and it generates all the framing. My question is concerning the beam ...
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Will my custom table frame support a soapstone top?

I’m having a custom dining table made. The base will be white oak and measure approximately 68x38. The top is going to be soapstone and is 3cm thick and weighs approximately 500 lbs. The stone ...
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Subfascia size rafter tail mismatch

I'm in the process of redoing the fascia + soffits on my house. My roof framing consists of trusses with 2x4 top chords (so the tails are 3.5" tall). I'm planning on doing a 2x8 subfascia (7.25&...
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How do builders prevent water damage during construction?

There is a new house under construction near me. I pass it daily. The foundation is done and they are working on framing now. We had a big storm recently, and so all the framing and presumably 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 diagonal wall braces in the interior wall. I am pretty sure they ...
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Moving a Crossbar in a barn style shed

I have a 12x20 workshop and it was shipped with this Crossbar that is in a very inconvenient spot. +-----------------------+ ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Loft. ...
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What style of home and type of construction is my home built in 1900 in Georgia, USA?

Just purchased this home this year, it was built in 1900 and is Northwest of Atlanta, GA. The real estate and hazard insurance companies considered it a "wood frame," but upon trying to ...
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Low water pressure on a hill solutions

The problem I just ran a 650 foot 1-1/4 inch pipe from my water source, up a hill, where the rise is about 35 ft. I expected some water pressure loss, but I have much more loss than I was expecting. ...
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How to create waterproof dog kennel floor?

I want to build a dog kennel that is 4' x 8'. I want the flooring to be able to be cleaned out by using a water hose. I was planning on creating a concrete slab with a raised edge around it. I'm not ...
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Can a roof be supported with a 2x12 which is cantaleverd 8'?

I'm building a 12x24 building with 8' of the roof 10psf. being supported with one 2x12 on each side cantaleverd 8'from the other 16' of the building. Will a single 2x12 on either side of the 8 x 12 ...
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Need to support a 3500 lb hot tub 7’x6.5’

Deck is 12’x 8’with mid span posts(6’). Double 2x10 beams around. 16” center 2x10 joists. All posts 6x6 treated S-Pine as well as all lumber. Tub is placed over the 6x8’span. (1/2 of the deck. Will ...
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Would you know the weight capacity of a roof for a pool house aprox. 400sq ft used as an entertainment space ie. furniture, garden pots, hottub etc.?

We would like to have the ideal weight capacity for anything thrown at us basically. If we have to rent out the house the added benefit should be a roof top that can hold additional people, furniture, ...
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Is it possible to pour a monolithic concrete pit?

I'm pouring a concrete storm water pit over an existing pipe. This is basically a big box without a lid. Most jobs I've seen pour the base first, let it cure, and then place the wall forms on top and ...
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Help identifying the method of construction my house uses

Walls are approximately 13.75” thick. Listed as stone and stucco. I saw what looks like water damage in a corner and the, what I’m assuming is plaster, had been damaged. I cut the paint to expose ...
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Weather proof and insulate free standing building floor

I'm looking for suggestions on how to best insulate and protect an exterior office (shed) floor from the elements. The structure base will be built on top of helical piles, 6-8" above the ground ...
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What's the safest way to pour a slab without undermining existing posts [closed]

Im working on a 2 story addition that is resting on 6x6 posts. Unfortunately due to timing I was unable to work out pouring a slab prior to our contractor begining our addition project and pouring the ...
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Drywall over old roof and shingles

We’ve added a garage addition on to our home. The new roofline of the garage encapsulates an existing first floor roof. I’d like to incorporate the area above the existing roof into the new garage ...
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Need to move a power pole prior to new addition. Whats the cost? [closed]

I need to relocated a utility pole on a line going to a single home, pushing it back to the treeline. Once it is moved I need it to then go underground for the new pole to the house in the same ...
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Help! Is our contractor skimping on us on our basement foundation repair?

Our contractors just finished a job to completely redo one of our basement foundation wall, but we have some questions about the quality of the work. They assured us it was fine, but is it normal to: ...
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Replacing foundation piers. How's this temporary shoring/support of our home?

We're having piers underneath our house replaced. Temporary shoring is the responsibility of the contractor. Any thoughts on this? For perspective, this is holds 2 stories, 14' span. My biggest ...
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Can I start the minor work before the construction permit has been issued?

I need to replace the ceiling in my kitchen from drop ceiling tiles to sheetrock. Will this be regarded as minor work? On the New Jersey state website (https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/alerts/...
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How to add brick mould to this?

Learning how-to doors! Old door was inswing that had exterior brickmould built in. New door is an outswing that does not have this feature. How can I add brickmould to this fiberglass door as it sits, ...
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Concerns with new deck structure

We had a new deck built by contractors, and have a few concerns on what I might need to fix, or have them come back to repair: Looks like a mistake/mismeasurement here, but is it alright to lean a ...
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Are these roof members structural support?

I’m fairly new to DIY home improvement. Are these arrowed parts structural support? I’m looking to vault the ceiling below but I’m not sure if I need to involve an engineer.
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Adding storage above garage ceiling

I'd like to add some storage space in the ceiling of the garage. It looks like someone got a start on it already. There looks like a 16 foot 2x4 nailed into the top of the wall on both sides with one ...
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will a partition wall float?

While replacing some burnt lumber I found a partition wall sitting perpendicularly atop two 2x8 joists. I need to remove said joists and the subfloor above them back to the carrier beam. I'm thinking ...
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Steam mop hardwood floors

How bad would it be to steam mop hardwood floors once? I got new flooring through my house and then had to have a lot of drywall work done. The floors were not covered (I didn't know better). I've ...
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Sharing a Post Between 2 Beams (Deck)

In my deck design I have some beams (triple 2x10) that meet at posts (6x6). If I align the angled beam with the edge of the post, then that would allow the remaining 1" of the post for the ends ...
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How attach a framing wood to construction beam

my first framing project ever for my basement I want to build a wall along a construction beam I am reading on google that I should not make any holes in the beam and I saw this video on nailing ...
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What is the proper way to add another subfloor layer?

I am currently replacing carpet with hardwood flooring. The subfloor is OSB laid on-top of joists. The hardwood manufacture has recommended that a layer of 1/2 plywood be added to the subfloor in ...
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A constant vibration is happening in my home. Like a motor is running [closed]

I have 3 story single column load bearing house. Recently I made a room at the terrace. After the construction my house is vibrating all the time. My house is between 2 houses; there is no gap in them....
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I've had to box out a drain pipe from the roof and a steam riser: do I need to vent the box so that condensation doesn't accumulate inside?

Redoing my kitchen, two pipes run along the corner of a wall: a steam riser for the upstairs radiator and a down pipe for the gutter on the roof. They are within one or two inches of each other. I'm ...
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What is this treatment on the walls of my basement?

I'm wondering what this covering is on the walls in my unfinished basement? Most of it is pretty hard and rigid, though there is some near an exterior door that's flaking off. This mottled texture and ...
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Outswing exterior door in 6inch wall- did contractor install correctly?

We're doing a large addition with 6" walls and the back outswing door doesn't seem right, and a little research indicates there are specific doors/windows for 6" walls but neither our ...
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What fastener to affix 2x6 support to 16" deep 16'L lvl?

I am building a temp support wall using 16" lvl and 4 built up 2x6's on each end for support "legs". What fastener would be best suited to join a single 2x6 to the face of a 3.5" 2 ...
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Loft bed design question [closed]

I am building a twin loft bed. The loft would be a DIY bed with 4 legs, but have a design challenge on one leg side of loft bed. There is an air floor register located to one of the 4th leg. So how ...
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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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Horizontal joist losing support from vertical support joist in Garage ceiling?

It’s happening in few more places which causing horizontal joist turning into little curve. What mending brace plate should I use?
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How to improve oddly designed Pergola structure stability?

I recently removed a 1980's hottub set above my deck, this removal caused me to realize some of the exterior hottub seating turned out to be a bit more structural supporting then first thought. I am ...
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Curb around the perimeter of my exposed basement

I want to remove this window and install a door in my exposed basement. There is a 5" high by 4" deep curb around the perimeter of the basement which I would need to remove, but I do not ...
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Preventing squeaky floor

We had a major house fire and our house has been demo'd down to the frame. The floor is 2x12 x 8 long joists that butt against each other on the cross beam supports. We plan on using adhesive on the ...
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How much flex can a wall have that supports tile?

I have a short divider wall in my bathroom that separates the shower from the rest of the bathroom. Originally the wall was made of 2x2 wood. Topdown image showing the wall in question colored blue: ...
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Why do many garages only have 2-3 ceiling joists

I've noticed several garages now that only have 2-3 ceiling joists typically a 2x6 or 2x8. Why is that? I thought you would need joists spanning the whole length. It seems typical in older garages in ...

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