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What material is this indoor sill made of?

This is an interior stool at one of my windows. Some windows have it, some don't. I am handy and have tools to make window stools, so I'd like to make the missing ones for the house. I am not sure ...
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Replace shoe or rebuild threshold?

So I decided to paint the front door and remove the old door shoe. (sweep) The plastic was warped and pulling away from the door. I took the old shoe to all the big box stores, the local hardware ...
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Sill plate patch shifted when it went into the anchors, how would you fix this?

Title says it all, how would you handle a situation wherein you're patching a rotted sill plate and getting it perfect seems impossible? The plate section is 13' long and has three threaded rods ...
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How to fix a door with a displaced sill?

Someone used a pry bar to remove the lower trim of my front door, and accidentally pushed one side of the sill towards the house by inches, but the other side seems okay. The door is now very ...
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Window sill on CMU is rotted, what is the best t way for me to replace this?

The prior owner of my house renovated and installed new windows in the basement. They, however, just left some wonky old wood behind as a sill and painted over it with some mortar and latex paint that ...
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Petroleum-based paint on exterior window sill

The outside window sill of my basement window has weathered considerably, with missing paint. So, the good news is, that I have some original paint left (house was built 10yrs ago) that I could use ...
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Where can I find ¾" x 2 ⅞" (~actual size) boards for window sill repair? Everything I find is ½" too long or too short!

I'm working on my parent's home in order to get it ready to sell, and one project involves repairing a few sills on windows where stray raindrops through open windows have caused the (abysmally cheap ...
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Sealing - Do sheathing and bottom plate have to be sealed (caulked) in CA?

Context: I am about to place the house wrap on the sheathing of my house addition in California. I am looking at flashing my doors and windows properly to make the house water tight. I am looking for ...
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Replacing portion of rotted sill plate and studs

A section of my home has sustained water damage from an improperly installed platform deck. The damaged section includes about 1' portion of a few studs around a window and a 3' section of the sill ...
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Okay to seal the gap between concrete foundation and sill plates from the outside using caulk or spray foam?

My house doesn't have any gasket between the sill plates and the concrete foundation, so there's some gap between the two (see red circle on the photo, which was taken from the ground facing up). I ...
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How to fix loose uPVC door sill?

Outside our front door we have a "sill". Both the door and sill are uPVC. The sill is loose (has been since we moved in) - I have no idea how it was ever held into place, if it ever was - it ...
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What is the thing outside of the window that cover the base/sill?

This is the picture of what I saw on the outside of my window. The outmost layer is my vinyl siding, then it's asphalt and the wood. There needs to be something covering this part in case of rain? I ...
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Can one cut the interior sill off a vinyl window flush with the wall surface?

I am wondering if it is possible to cut the protruding part of the window sill here (see picture) such that my wall would be entirely flush. I am looking to fit a bespoke floating desk which would go ...
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How can I repair this rotten entry threshold? [closed]

My entry door threshold is sunk into the concrete from the driveway and leaking. How can I repair this sunken threshold? OR, what kind of contractor should I get to repair it for me?
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How to stop air leak in exterior door aluminum sill?

I found that one of my exterior doors are leaking cold air from beneath the door sill. The product installed is Endura Z-Articulating Cap Sill™ and Sealing System How can I seal it? Can I use ...
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How are joists secured to sill?

From what I’ve read on residential construction, the process of building the first floor goes like this: Foundation of some kind is set Sill plates are bolted to the foundation Floor joists are set ...
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How to secure a box on my window's exterior sill?

Below is a picture of how the exterior sill of my window looks like. I want to put some kind of a small box/container on the exterior sill and I want to ensure that it is secure and doesn't fall off ...
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Expanding foam in anchor bolt area?

I have a detached mother-in-law suite being finished. The exterior walls have three 2x6s stacked. I believe the bottom is the sill plate. The anchor bolts go through there. Then there is a second ...
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Joists not resting on middle wall sill plate, created unlevel floor above

You can't really see that well from picture, I may take some new ones to show the issue more clearly. This is a middle wall in my basement, the joists go from a wall passing over this one, to the ...
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How to protect this foundation sill from elements, rodents?

This is a pre-fab panel house, which means the walls were delivered to a team on site that had built the foundation and floor. It's fascinating to learn how this approach impacts the final project (...
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How can I fix my leaning garage wall

The gable wall in my garage is leaning. The sill plate seems to have slipped off the foundation. The sill plate is broken and the lower end of a stud is missing around where it's broken. The ...
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Can I move heating vents below a window from the wall to the sill?

I'm thinking about repositioning the heating vent from the front wall of the windows sill to the top of the sill. Under the sill, I have hot water radiators to provide the heat. How will this affect ...
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How do I remove window sill stop block on double-hung vinyl window?

The vinyl double hung window was installed on my brick house a few years ago. The Screws that hold the replacement windows are drilled in through the bottom of the drain holes with no caulking on the ...
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How to frame and install new windows in balloon frame with T1-11 siding?

Remodeling the 1930s wood-framed building we live in, and ready to make new openings to install new windows. It's difficult to describe how the walls are so I made a diagram below. Basically, from ...
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Prepping sill for new granite steps

I am having granite steps installed. The platform will be 7" from the threshold but currently there is a 10" board sill/kickplate (white) with OSB behind it. I think the proper way is to ...
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Outside Wall Water Damage Repair

I removed a masonry flower bed that was causing water to flow into garage during rains. The masonry was allowing water column to form against house siding. Upon removal of flower bed I found damage to ...
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What should I use to seal cracks between stone foundation and sill beam?

I'm in the process of replacing subfloor and joist sistering and noticed some pretty serious gaps between the foundation and sill beam after clearing away the loose debris between joists. Would it be ...
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Tips for extending the window sill

The extended sill would have a depth of about 2 inches. If I were to extend the window sill using the below approach, would that be strong and stable enough? I may plan to add an additional interior ...
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Replacing a Marvin window sill

I need advice on replacing a rotten Marvin window sill. It is a three-piece sash window with heavy mullions. Diagram of mullion to sill would also be useful. Thanks
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Replace rotted wooden sill of the door?

I think this wooden piece is called sill but not sure, (as seen in the picture below, in red box) I am think of replacing it with a new one, the question is, is it standardized? I measured it and the ...
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Sill plate on an 8 inch wide cinder block wall

So I have a cinder block block that is about 4 feet high.in which I will be putting a framed 8' wall. I will be using a 2x6 sill plate PT. How much space do I leave for the sheathing. It's an exterior ...
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Tricks to repair window sill?

We had a roof leak that ran down the window frame and got the window sill wet. Everything is dried out and the roof is fixed. Any ideas on how to fix this window sill? I'd prefer not to have to remove ...
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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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Is it allowed to use a sill plate with a thickness greater 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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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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