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Snap Chalk Line for sill plate, or for rim joist?

What do you guys find is best for layout after getting the foundation poured for a house or garage? When you go and snap your lines that are perfectly square, is it better to have your sill plate ...
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Covering Exposed ICF and sill plate?

new guy here. I am hoping you guys can help. We had a 2x6 built Wisconsin Homes modular placed on top of an ICF basement. Then, we had vertical vinyl board and batten siding installed, it was run down ...
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Sill thickness larger than 2"

Can a sill plate be larger than 2" thick? I installed a footing to carry a point load. I will be installing 3 LVL's on top of this and then trimmers to support a header. So I need the need to get ...
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How to protect sill plate from water when slab is bigger than the structure sitting on it?

I am building a small garage extension. I want the walls in plane with the existing walls, but the existing slab in this area extends 3" beyond where the sill plate will sit. What is the proper way ...
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Wall sill plate not in contact with slab, is it fixable?

I own a house with foundation issues. The actual movement of the foundation has largely been stopped, because piers were installed underneath the area of the foundation that was sinking. This seems ...
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Leveling a 2x8 sill plate on top of a cmu wall

What type of shim do I use to shim up a sill plate 1/4 inch on top of a cmu block wall?
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Need help with attaching wood to cinder block

Ive been researching and toiling over this as opposed to actually getting it done for too long, finally had to turn to a forum! I purchased a relatively old house (1957) some time ago and we've ...
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Joists extended by tecos

I recently purchased a house and have noticed the floors seem to sag in certain spots. I notice in the basement that there are several sections where the joists were cut and then extended via tecos to ...
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Is there any alternative to sill replacement?

If my house needs sill (plates) replaced, is there any alternative to full replacement? Could I just cut 2x8s and use structural screws to hold it to the old sill to make sure the floors are secure? ...
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Running conduit between basement and 1st floor

My basement is currently unfinished but within the next few months we plan on finishing half of it as living space. Before the framing and drywall goes up I want to run a conduit between the ...
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PVC Exterior Window Sill on a Brick Veneer Home

I have a brick veneer home with a rectangular hole in the wall that currently holds an unneeded window air conditioner. I bought a window I would like to install there. The hole does not have a brick ...
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What to use as a knee high wall sill

I removed the sill that was on top of the knee wall between my shower and bath tub. It seems to be made from some carbonate/plastic. I cannot find anything similar anywhere. I dont even know what they ...
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Pier Beam Foundation Sill Beam

Background: I live in upstate New York, just outside of Ithaca. My wife and I have recently purchased a home at a steal because of an existing relationship with the previous owner. So the fact that I ...
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How can I prevent water from flowing into my carport under the wall plate?

The carport was enclosed but no additional concrete was poured. The sill was screwed directly into the concrete. As a result of being so close to to ground, water has come in under it about 2-3 inches....
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Should I be worried that the anchor bolts are not centered on the sill plate?

I am in the process of having my first home built and have been trying to learn as much as I can along the way. Today I visited the home site and saw that the builder installed the sill plates on ...
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Repaint masonry window sill

Our house has a Victorian bay window and what appears to be chunky masonry/concrete window sills. They look like they are painted with some form of gloss which has become flaky and green over the ...
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Remove Paint from outdoor metal sill of Main Door

So I guess when the door was painted 10 years ago, paint might of spilled on the metal sill? I'm not sure if that is the correct word for it. But I've taken a picture of it for reference. I've ...
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Repair a crack in a brick windowsill

How do I repair a crack in a brick windowsill? I assume that it needs to be sealed to prevent water from getting in, especially during the winter when it could freeze. The other side of the window ...
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Bare Wood Window Sill Stinks Bad

So I've been redoing my window sills. Basically I smashed out tile sills and replaced with routered wood sills. There are maybe 15 in the house. I have not had time yet to prime any of them, so for ...
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How to protect foundation, sill, and siding from moisture (snow)

I have an old house with a stone foundation and ~6x6 sill plate. The deck used to butt right up to the siding. I cut the deck away about 18" in order to get access to the area for some weatherization.....
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Use Gap and crack sealant on the window sill

I have a small gap (2mm) under the window sill that is causing some draft to come inside the house. I have attempted to correct this using the Ge Silicone Caulk, but the draft continues to come in. ...
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How to seal between sill plate and foundation wall with wide gap?

Here is a picture of the top of my uninsulated basement wall. The foundation is poured and from early 1970s. For orientation to the photo: the white in the lower left corner is the vertical face of ...
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Replacing sill (bottom plate) of wall

I need to replace the sill of an exterior wall (load bearing wall that faces the outside the home). I ripped the sheet rock off and noticed some very old termite which was apparently treated years ago ...
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How to attach a new sill to an existing concrete foundation

I have a foundation of block wall. To get it to the correct height I need to put 4" solid block top cap on it and my sill plate on top of the 4" solid top cap. I can fill in the voids in the block ...
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How to remove a granite window sill?

I need to remove a granite window sill in order to install plantation shutters. How can this be done? Can it be done without damaging the wall that the granite is affixed to (at the base of the ...
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Is there a recommended distance between fasteners on sole plates?

We've just started installing pressure treated 2x4s as sole plates in our 5 year old basement. We drove 3 nails into each 8' plate, one at each end (around 3 or 4 inches in) and one somewhere at the ...
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Replacing a sill, on a factory built Marvin window?

The following windowsill, and the ones like on the same building, have failed. Patching with Smith's Flexible Epoxy kept the sills alive for a few years, but now the entire sill feels like balsa wood ...
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Attaching sill plate to concrete, how do I attach framed wall to sill plate?

I am building a 12x12 shed on a concrete slab. I am going to bury j-bolts in the wet concrete so that I can attach the treated sill plate to it. The problem I'm running into is that the nut will be ...
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What can I do about this gap between the sill/exterior board and the subfloor?

I just discovered that my sill plate and joist setup is different than others I've seen (and I was a Realtor, so I've seen a lot of sills). As you can see from the picture, there's a gap between the ...
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How do you finish a window installation?

After the window has been secured in the rough opening, how do you finish the inside part of the installation? For example adding a window sill and trimming out the inner portion of the rough opening, ...
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How can I correct the slope of a marble shower sill?

Our master shower is tiled in marble; it's almost perfect except... the sill has a slight slope running out of the shower instead of into it. As a result, every time we take a shower, a small amount ...