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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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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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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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What Pex system and re-design would you use for this small bungalow update - Floor Plans Attached?

There is a small Bungalow in the Midwest that I have attached two new design drawings for. Its a smaller 740sqft home with a 1st floor and current unfinished basement. I wanted to see if the group ...
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Concrete slab between stories

Here in the U.S., pretty much all the houses, even those that are made of brick, have framed floors, meaning there are 2 x (usually 10) joists from one side of the house to the other and then OSB ...
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Looking for tread covers for spiral staircase

I've got a metal spiral staircase in my condo, and I'm having trouble finding a good solution for tread covers. I would love simple non-slip mats, and there are many great options for regular stairs (...
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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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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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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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What is a sane height for a prow in a prow front home?

I'm working on designing plans for my new house, and would like to have a prow front that faces the mountain to capitalize on the view. I only need about 21' inside for the second story, but because ...
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What type of insulation and waterproofing (if any) should be done for a monolithic slab on grade?

When building a new residential home with a monolithic slab on grade (footer and slab are poured at the same time), should any water proofing, insulating or drainage be added besides the vapor barrier?...
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Building a deck: can you shift the load points?

The reasons for the below design are: -I want to place the stairs adjacent to the wall -I want to use the deck posts as rail posts as well -this is replacing an old deck and I do not want to dig new ...
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What can be done about this fireplace

This looks terrible! I want a fireplace but this just looks wrong to me. It goes all the way to the ceiling which is 2 stories. Can it be removed leaving just the fireplace and mantle? Does anyone ...
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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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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 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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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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