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What are the pros and cons for not using coping stone for the edge of a porch?

I have the porch represented in the below picture (right side in the picture shows the layout). As far as I can understand I have two options: Use copping stone for the treads (represented in the ...
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How should my base molding interface with a stair skirt?

The trim sort of...drops off, and it just doesn't feel right, but my brain can't figure out what to put in this empty space.
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Have I gotten too creative with my attic insulation vs airflow design?

I did a lot of research on air flow and insulation at the beginning of this project, but I started to get into a flow and got a bit creative with foam-board sealed ridge air pocket. My basic design is ...
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Egress window, drop it or change design [closed]

Purchased a house with unfinshed basement. The layout is dodgy so I am trying to keep the bedroom in the left corner to have a larger living space. I know I need an egress window and there is a small ...
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How much wooded land should be cleared around a new home site?

I'm planning to build in a wooded lot, and want to leave as much woods as possible. What is the minimum buffer that is required or recommended to allow around the home's footprint, taking into account ...
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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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Typical Thickness of Silicone Between Countertop and Underlay

Instructions for installing a solid surface countertop call to use "one dab of silicone adhesive every 12" (305 mm) to 18" (457 mm) to secure". I have two questions: How big is a ...
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What is the optimal configuration of a cross brace on a wooden gate?

I'm building a wooden gate for my deck, and I want to put in a cross brace to reduce sagging. I want to install the brace so that it transfers the load from the top unhinged corner, to the bottom ...
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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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Help me retrofit a closet in this room [closed]

Here is the floorplan of our master bedroom: Being a 1940s house, the closet [lower left] is woefully small at 3' x 2'. I'm thinking about a way to expand it. The obvious answer is to build it out ...
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I need help on an issue with the roof of my porch I'm designing [closed]

The porch is has to have a chamfer due to space limitations from a dry creek very close to it. I'd like to do an A-frame but may need to do a shed roof if needed. The roof would have to hang off into ...
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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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Fixed vertical space over concrete suspended floor - how to allocate between insulation depth vs. screed depth?

I have an extension being built on usual concrete beam & dense block over a ventilated void. The external extension area is 3 x 6m. Ventilation is via two 215x65 plastic airbricks and telescopic ...
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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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Looking for suggestions on how to re-arrange this kitchen layout, refrigerator too close to window [closed]

I am in the process of re-designing my kitchen layout, and my current design is exactly 159 inches on the right side. Unfortunately, the distance between the top wall and the right window is exactly ...
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Will using a 4 x 4 instead of a 2 x 6 for a deck truss without compromising deck strengh

This is a floating deck to be supported by ground screw anchors. There is space for 2 x 6 joists in all but one area where the ground is elevated and not enough clearance for a 2 x 6 so I'm wondering ...
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Is a free standing patio roof a bad idea?

This is located in Auckland, New Zealand. We don't get snow here, but we do get fairly strong winds. I'm looking for some conceptual design advice... I'm looking to build a deck measuring 8 meters ...
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Tile/Paver interlocked design patterns -dimensions do not add -what am I missing?

Take this pattern for example, the three pieces circled there won't align at the edges if you want to maintain the same gap between the tiles/pavers. For he horizontal 6x12 the width is 12 +2x1/4 gaps ...
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Designing kitchen layout [closed]

I would like to better understand the principles for designing kitchen layout, optimizing it for better functionality. I would appreciate advice, weblinks as well as book suggestions - anything that ...
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How can I better brace the walls of my timber building to avoid blocking window openings?

I'm rebuilding a wooden structure on a brick base, approx 5x3m footprint. The main frame is built of 6x3" timber, to increase rigidity we have added corner braces in each direction, at the ends ...
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How to install something to my spiral staircases so that I can separate two floors?

I’d like to do something to my spiral staircases so I can separate my second floor and first floor with a door or something. The reason being I don’t want my pets to go downstairs as we use our first ...
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T9 Torx Screw Thread diameter in Metric System [closed]

Helllo, I have to design a part that will have screws that can be taken apart with a T9 Torx Screwdriver. These are the screws that are taken apart first thing here. What is the thread diameter of ...
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Why does home siding not extend to the ground? [duplicate]

I have noticed that the siding of single family homes in Colorado, at least my made-in-the-70's neighborhood, does not extend down to or into the ground. Why is this? Why not have siding (vinyl, brick,...
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How should I fasten lowered stair stringers to my deck landing?

I have a small landing and set of stairs that need to be built in a fairly small space up to our garage pad. I have a limited area to work with so the landing serves as the first step down in order to ...
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Best Layout for Bathroom [closed]

Im just wondering what the best layout would be for a shared apartment bathroom with 5 people in terms of allowing the most people to use the bathroom at the same time taking into account the people ...
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Ideas for mounting an antique metal sign to avoid tipping

I have received an antique Swiss Hiking sign as a gift, but it didn't come with any screws or mounts. The sign weighs 0.4kg and has dimensions of 300mm x 100mm, and it is 5mm thick steel. As I do not ...
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What's the best way to measure the center of a shallow bend?

Is there a tool or custom setup I can use to measure the center of a small, shallow bend? The arc length of the bend would be too small for a three-point radius gauge (around 5 mm).
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How do we choose the color and combination for home interior [closed]

I'd like to decide the colours for my home interior walls( Front yard, Hall, Bed room , Dining room , kitchen, bathroom and back yard and also I'd like the colors to match with tiles color which is in ...
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can I do this to support a hot tub on a deck

I have a hot tub that measures 7x7 and weight is around 4400 pounds with 5 hefty people in it. I am in the process of building a new 16x40 deck and my wife wants the hot tub on it, the finished deck ...
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Advice for fence placement at an angle with a tree in the way

I'm looking to replace a fence section that was taken down by some contractors a few years back. They said they had to take it down because that was the only approach to my back yard that was wide ...
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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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What should I use for a sandbox bottom?

I'm building a sandbox for my three-year old. It will probably sit on the deck, so it needs some kind of bottom. Ideally, we should be able to move the sandbox around the deck. Is it necessary for ...
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Which floor tiling pattern is more challenging for a relatively straight floor and larger tiles, staggered (1/3) or straight set?

So here is the final design I would like to implement. The small shelves to the left of the toilet are designed to conceal the main stack and to constructively use the space that left between the ...
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What is a good exterior wall composition for a wood frame house with pine chink siding in a moderate climate?

I'm designing a house for myself that will be built in northern Georgia (USA). The climate is moderate, with lows in the 20's during the coldest part of winter. The house will be framed with 2x6's, ...
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How to hide HVAC compressor? [closed]

We are trying to make our side yard look aesthetically pleasing. The HVAC compressor cage is an eyesore, as shown in pic below (the gutter were only temporarily removed for painting). What can we do ...
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What is this symbol that looks like a double T on an HVAC ductwork diagram?

What is this symbol that looks like a double T on an HVAC ductwork diagram? I've circled the symbol in yellow. Does the bent L represent some sort of valve? If it goes through the wall like that, ...
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How can I calculate the load capacity of a platform?

I'm planning to build a very basic bed frame, but I'm not sure what size lumber to use. I was thinking of building the entire thing from 2x4s (legs would be 4x4), but I'm not sure if this will be ...
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Centering my bed on a 12" post protruding from a wall

I want to place my bed where the column is protruding from the wall in the center of the room. The post was installed by the previous owner during expansion. I hired a structural engineer to have this ...
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Need help designing a garage loft [closed]

I'm going to be moving into a new house that has a finished garage with a high ceiling. I want to build a loft in the garage for storage. There are plenty of online span calculators that should help ...
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Software to capture current home structure and content?

Twenty+ years ago while planning a home renovation, a designer provided software that allowed me to take interior and exterior photos, import them, dimension them, then assign/map them to walls/floors/...
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How much will removing a bedroom affect my home's value? [closed]

I recently purchased a 4br 2ba split level house, brand new construction. The trouble I am having is that there is no "master suite" in the house. If I remove one bedroom and modify the ...
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Very interesting issue - Hot water not coming out

Two days ago, my plumber had capped existing hot and cold waters lines in one of the shower and tub area as part of the remodel process. Since then I did not get hot water anywhere in the house. I ...
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How to fit two full baths in this space?

I’m looking for any layout ideas about how to fit two full bathrooms in the space in this picture. One entering from the bedroom and one from the hallway. A few design things. We want the hallway ...
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How do I make light blue paint more interesting? [closed]

My room has a very dull blue paint that causes boredom. I was looking for ways I could liven it up a bit.
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Blueprint for basement design

Does someone have any good resources or guides on how to determine basement framing layout? I bought the house with a half basement finished, but would like to complete the other half and possibly ...
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How to fixate RJ-45 double coupling

I have the following RJ-45 network double coupling: I have a 3d printer and am trying to print an enclosure or "mount" where I can put that in so that it is properly fixated and I can plug ...
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Attaching light shed to an insulated wall? [closed]

I would like to build a light* storage shed between two buildings with insulated walls (A, B) which should not be touched by any further construction works (drilling etc.). Please help me to find a ...
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Aligning pergola rafters to the sun?

I live near Denver, Colorado (so northern hemisphere, some good snow storms in the winter, lots of baking UV in the summer) in a 1970s-built home and I'm putting a pergola over a patio in my back yard....
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DIY Console Table - Unstable Design

I have embarked on creating my own hallway console table because I was unable to find a narrow enough one on the market that fit my space. For my design I went with 2 IKEA Bergshult shelves to save me ...
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Hidden Step Down Casters

I am planning a movable kitchen island and want to hide the casters. I am planning to use these stepdown casters. These caster allow the legs to be lowered down in a stationary position, and when ...