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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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Picket spacing on fence [closed]

I have a design/look question for the picket fence I am building - putting rails in-between posts. I intended to build post exactly 8'/96" apart but made mistakes and their distance now vary ...
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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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Outdoor swiveling pergola slat design

I'm in the midst of putting my pergola together. I have a general sense of how it comes together, but I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle a special feature I want my pergola to have: ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Need standard naming description of shape of mirrors on wardrobe

Is there a standard naming convention for this type of mirror on a wardrobe, as this pic shows? This standard name will help me use search engines to find similar mirrors to buy. Google Lens search ...
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How to scribe a circle in the ground…without access to the middle point?

I want to mark the ground with spray paint and wooden stakes in a nice 25 ft radius circle. The simple way would be to drive a narrow stake in the ground at the center point, tie a 25 ft string to it, ...
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hanging multiple picture frames of different sizes in line and with equal spacing

Im putting up a picture wall of multiple picture frames of varying sizes. The first picture below gives a very rough idea of what im trying to achieve, all in line at top where two are inline. I didnt ...
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How do you deal with the giant foundation overhang when using ridged foam and a rain screen on an exterior wall?

When designing a building that uses modern techniques like those featured in this Building Science article, such as exterior ridged foam insulation and a rain screen, how do you deal with the hideous ...
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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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Lighting in a Detached Garage

I have a 20'x24' 2-story unfinished, detached garage. The first floor is a two-story garage. The second floor will be living space (kinda like a studio apartment). The ceiling of each floor is about 8 ...
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Door, space separator options with limited frame space?

I want to separate a big room into a working room and open kitchen space. The problem in separating the space is to find proper door -- the problem is that it is very hard to get a door frame to a ...
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What kind of wall/ceiling texture is this?

Can you please help me identify this wall/ceiling texture and how to achieve it? I recently had to replace a patch and cannot figure out how to duplicate the pattern.
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How do I design an ice house?

Where can I find how to design a cold room storage building? I have a 12x12 shed that I use as cold storage for tree seedlings for about a month each spring. The present construction is 2x4 walls ...
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Horizontal Fence on a slope; what's the best design?

I am replacing my neighbors low, 4' tall fence on the side of my yard with a new wooden fence. I like horizontal fences. I am going to put the horizontal fence boards between the posts. The span ...
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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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Construct 3-Sheave Pulleys for Hanging Objects from Rafters

I am trying to create a system of 2 3-sheave pulleys (along with terminal pulleys) that can hoist my hanging plants up to my rafters, such as here: I am happy with my general design but what I am ...
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How do you achieve this stairway 'chaser' effect with an LED light strip?

Here is a gif showing it in action, once the motion is detected, the strip slowly lights up directionally from bottom to top, how is this achieved? I can't seem to find how this is done: Looping GIF ...
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Should crown molding go over stone fireplace?

I understand this is somewhat (design) subjective, but I have no reference to what is common practice when it comes to this type of application. I'm going to be running (foam) crown molding with LED ...
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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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Is a hexagonal house feasible?

Recently I have been considering the economics and feasability of building a house versus buying a used one. In my design I settled on a hexagon as the logical shape for the frame, which I am ...
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How do I design a shed to make optimal use of building materials?

I read Michael Pollan's A Place of My Own, in which he builds a small building to use as a writing studio. The architect's design called for wall studs to be cut to 8ft 1in (out of 10ft sticks), ...
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Should rooms be designed to minimize waste of sheet goods?

We are building a new home and I want some guidance on recommendations for design creating minimal wastage and maximum efficiency for the builders. For example. Are room sizes best divisible by 4 ...
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Are these screws for bracket enough to support adult queen bed?

Picture of bottom right corner showing the foot board and side rail connected with the bracket, and the bed, at https://imgur.com/a/XtlnM1Q and couple more pictures https://imgur.com/a/BMBi8KX. The ...
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How to attach wheels to the base of slotted-angle rack?

I want to build some heavy-duty racks with four wheels each as follows. The load is not more than 500 kg. The frame is made of slotted angle iron and the board is about 8mm thick. The available ...
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Can I get away with 5/4“ cedar decking across a 24” span in a children's play structure?

I am currently in the process of designing/building a play structure for my son. The structure will include a 5' high elevated deck, that is 6'x4'. The supports for the decking will be 24" center-to-...
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Why are U.S. residential circuit breaker service panels so poorly designed?

I find as a knowledgeable home DIYer, that my Siemens 200 amp circuit breaker panel to be a pain in the butt to use. It is less than 25 years old, and yet it seems to have been intentionally designed ...
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Laying bricks/blocks into a concrete slab during the pour

It is common practice to put a brick ribbon around a newly poured concrete walkway. Is it possible to put decorative designs, using bricks, in the middle of a concrete slab as it's poured? How do I ...
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What are the best practices for a low deck built half on a concrete slab?

In our current place, we moved the main access door from going into the kitchen, to entering an old laundry room converted to a mud room. In order to do so, the front door was moved over about 4', ...
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What types of materials should I consider when designing a bench?

I am building a dividing half-wall/shelving unit to separate my living room from entrance door. I am planning to put a bench on the side closer to the door (so me and my guests can sit down while ...
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Why in the UK would a garden room have a canopy?

I'm putting a gym and art / craft rooms in the garden for the kids to mess around without making a mess in the house. Typical garden rooms seen on architecture sites have patio doors, French doors or ...
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How to attach eye hooks to glass fish tank to support a lightweight light fixture? [closed]

I have a 30" fishtank that, due to the filter setup, requires a light bar that doesn't stretch the entire tank. I have a wooden dowel that fits well inside two eye hooks; the dowel will serve as the ...
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Marginal cost of window (framing) while in design phase

I've drawn up my sketch of floor plan I'll take to a house designer, but haven't added any windows yet. I'd like to have as much detail added to save designer time, but since I'm on a budget, I need ...
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How should I lay my engineered flooring to account for a hearth?

I'm scratching my head over how to layout some new flooring in relationship to our walls vs. hearth. This is an engineered floor with somewhat wide boards (about 4.5") As it happens, I could lay ...