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Is there any advantage to pouring a thicker concrete slab for the basement?

I'm working on designing a new house and trying to determine how thick the basement slab should be. This home will have poured basement walls over the footings, so the basement slab isn't bearing the ...
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Minimalistic toilet setup in a traveler's trailer [closed]

Planning to build a traveler's trailer from a cargo trailer and was thinking about various toilet setups. I don't care if the trailer looks awful as long as it's cheap and easy to build. I'm ruling ...
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stair intersection design ideas

I currently have some angled stairs going from my garage into the home. To the left of these stairs is a closet that I'm going to take out to allow more open space in the garage. Directly to the right ...
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Need help designing a garage loft

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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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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Please suggest occasional heating for garage used as work room [closed]

Floor area about 550 square feet Ceiling about ten feet No existing chimney or other exhaust venting system Insulated walls with insulated two vehicle doors I would like to be able to maintain a ...
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Can I add four new ducts to my HVAC trunk line?

I am finishing my basement and need some insight from someone who understand HVAC design. I would like to know if my main trunk line (the 34' one in the diagram) can handle another four 6" ducts off ...
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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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How are grade-level garage slabs typically connected to a basement wall?

When you have a basement wall that needs to join up to a garage slab at the top of the basement wall, how are the footings for the garage slab placed, and how does the garage slab attach to the ...
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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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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 do I determine what load values I need to use when using door/windows header sizing tables?

I'm designing the framing drawings for a building with window and door openings in a roof-bearing wall (no floors above) and I need to determine how thick my headers need to be. There are span tables ...
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What should I run from the main breaker box to the garage?

So this is a question that's been asked a lot, but reading individualized responses is creating confusion for me, not answers. I have a detached garage with existing power, and I have added a few ...
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What is suitable method for controlling lighting based on pause/play? [closed]

I am in the process of turning my basement into a Home Theater. I have seen some people with home theaters where when they pause a movie it dims the lights up and I would love to use this feature. ...
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How to design unit with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 laundry, 1 kitchen and 1 living room that has very open space? [closed]

I have a land with 17x12 =204 sqm. I want to use just 12x10 =120 sqm for my unit, so 84 sqm is the outside of the unit. I want to design my unit that has very open space for the living room. I also ...
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How do I build an “internal frame” for a reclaimed wood door?

I heard that doors like the one below are made with an internal frame, and then it receives the faces of reclaimed wood. How is the frame constructed and how are the wood boards fastened to the frame?...
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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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How do I make built-in bookcases for the corners of a room?

I am planning some built in book shelves around a room. The issue I have is what to do at the corners of the room. That is, how not to waste space, but to make the space useful. The corner space ...
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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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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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How can I achieve a Quartz look using concrete for a bar top?

I want to make my own concrete bar top but I would like it to have a bit of a sparkle like quartz has. Any suggestions?
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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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How to learn house construction? [closed]

I want to learn house construction engineering in very cold climate (Sweden), wooden and brick. It should cover the following questions (you don't need to answer it): How the roof, walls and ground ...
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How to read this floor map scale?

I'm not an interior designer, but I'm going to do the home design myself. I don't know how to read the scale of this floor plan. I'm going to put this into a floor planner website and design, but I ...
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How do I stick paper on the wall in a stylish manner?

I want to stick some papers on my room wall, some paintings and notes .. but looking for a way that it looks fashion. Any ideas about that?
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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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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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Rules to make a box stable, hard to tilt

I have already built a cube-shaped box out of some wood panels I had lying around. It is perfectly solid, I can push it from every side and it will not tilt. The next box should be not cube-shaped ...
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What is a suitable mold material for a concrete bar top?

I would like to make an L-shaped concrete bar top (single piece). However, I want to make the corner have a large curve (12-15" radius?). How can I create a mold to accomplish this? What materials ...
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Is there an online tool for designing kitchen layout?

I am looking at having my kitchen replaced. It is a tiny room no bigger than 6ft by 6ft. I would like to find an online tool that will let me drag and drop appliences and fittings into the room so I ...
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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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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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Span of roof rafters, how to fix improper structure

I'm building a carport that is 30x24 ft including a 20x24 gable and 10x24 lean to. It currently has 2x4 roof rafters spaced 24" with collar ties about a foot below the gable peak, so 5-6 ft long ties. ...
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Deck or Patio - Landscape Design Opinions

My house has a nice backyard and I want to put on a deck or patio. Currently I have a covered side porch that is about 2-3 feet off of ground level in the back. My debate is whether to ask for a ...
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How do I design a quasi tamperproof shower curtain rod mounting point for eldery with Alzheimers?

Question I am seeking another solution to keep a shower curtain rod from falling easily. There were other posts that mentioned drilling and mounting. I would prefer, if possible, something that is ...
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Is this base idea sufficient for a ground level, not attached to the house wooden patio?

I have a rough plan for a ground level deck. The deck will not be attached to anything though it will sit under and extend a bit from a free standing pergola. My plan is to bury most of a cinder ...
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How to construct this 4-way X table leg arrangement?

I have googled a bit trying to find a similar project, but so far all I can find is this page. Any suggestions on where to find guidance to build these legs? Inspection of the photos hasn't helped. ...
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Patio wall ideas

I live in a townhouse that is near a park. There are some days that the park is much louder than usual and once in a blue moon they play some music which has loud bass noise. I am trying to put mass ...
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Can someone inform me on how to achieve this type of patina on a furniture project I am working on

Can someone inform me on how to achieve this type of patina on a furniture project I am working on? I am building a coffee table and tv stand for my bedroom and would like to treat the steel with some ...
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Importance of Following Procedure

I'm an amateur at woodworking/masonry/anything home-improvement related. I'm building a bench, and the following (parts 7c and 7d) forms part of the bench's building procedure. I can't visualize nor ...
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How to build plastic prototype? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the place for this question but I couldn't find out any StackExchange website for this question so I'm posting it here. I always wondered how companies build the plastic ...
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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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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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What is the formula used to determine blower fan size given total air volume and system BTU capacity?

I've completed a Manual J calculation for a new house and determined the BTU requirements for heating and cooling (35,352 and 15,772 respectively). In attempting to determine the turnover rate and ...
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Can an electric water heater and electric air handler/furnace be installed in the same closet?

I'm working on designing a small cabin that is slab on grade with no garage and I need to place the air handler (with electric furnace) and the electric water heater somewhere. There are all sorts of ...
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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 ...