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Replacing a top plate underneath a fireplace, with an attached exterior deck

Amateur here. I have a house where the chimney run framing extends to the basement (rather than simply sitting on a platform attached to the main floor). The only fireplace present is on the main ...
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Blocking Arizona Termites

So, the termites in Arizona live in the ground, and they make mud tunnels up the side of the foundation of a house to get into the wood. I was thinking, if I make a plastic lip which curls down, and ...
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fissures in joist: natural or insect damge

I have noticed that one of the joists in our crawl space has a small crack in it, and near to it are some small (1-2 inch long) fissures. I didn't notice it at the time, but in the photos (see below) ...
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Is this a termite? What bug has been eating my wood?

Replacing some drywall revealed something has been destroying the wood behind it. While removing things to see more, I saw 3 of these kind of bugs. I originally thought carpenter ants were the cause ...
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Is this a wood destroying insect?

I live in Austin, TX, USA. Just looked under a wooden table in my dining room (shares wall with outside of house) and saw this little tubes hanging underneath. A few still had live worm-like guys ...
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How to pour a concrete walkway directly up to a T style foundation

This is a side cutaway drawing of an existing 1930's stucco wall, showing the stucco in red and the original foundation. There is no weep screed, and originally the stucco was troweled right up to ...
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Could this nothch in my sash been made by termites?

Could a termite or something else have made this hole? My wife is pretty sure it didn't exist before.
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What should I do about the insect larvae found on my ceiling?

Found 10 or so of these things on our ceiling this morning. I live in Central Oregon. Not sure what they are--is this an indication of worse things to come? Anything I need to inspect my house for, or ...
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Removal of Plastic Vapor Barrier

Should the plastic vapor barrier be removed from under or replaced under exterior wall drywall? I am working on a house which had major termite damage. The house is located in a town in upstate New ...
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Our house is full of termite infected

Our house is full of termite infected. We drilled and put holes on each wall and put the termite solution which the seller guarantee for 5 years. Later constructed a modular kitchen in wood which was ...
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single mud tube coming down from ceiling

I have a vaulted ceiling in my dining room. About a week ago I saw something coming down from the ceiling. When I knocked it off, I realized it was a mud tube. There is a tiny hole left in the ...
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What exactly is a wall void?

A termite insecticide (fipronil) is not to be used indoors, except in wall voids. If a hole was drilled in a baseboard or wall and the the foam was delivered through the wall, is this considered ...
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Is spot treatment of Drywood Termites (airborne) ineffective?

Unfortunately, my homeowners association indicates drywood termites in North Florida. They indicate (source's credibility is iffy at best) that spot treatment would be ineffective and wasteful. They ...
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Termite inspection and finished basement ceiling

I have termites in my yard, not too far from my house. (Locale: Massachusetts, USA.) So I want to get an inspection and treatment. (The house was built in 1937; I bought it in 2014, and as usual ...
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How can I support both floor joists and roof trusses while I replace wall framing below?

I have a wall with some termite damage near the tops of the studs and into the top plates. The wall is external front of the house. Wall is in blue in the diagram below. It supports the floor above, ...
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Is this termite or moisture damage?

Anybody can tell if this is termite or water damage on the picture?
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Termite Damage or Dirt?

Is this termite damage? There's diagonal tan steak on the wood. When I tap the stud with a screw driver it feels solid. I don't see any tubes. Is it termite mud or simply dirt? How do I tell?
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Inaccessible crawl space

I'm in the process of buying a home. I had it inspected by a home inspector and a termite guy. They found that the part of the crawl space under the kitchen was too low to the ground to access. They ...
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General procedure for replacing load-bearing wall with truss on top

What is a general procedure for replacement of an external load bearing wall wherin the wall is bearing the load of the upstairs floor joists, but also has roof trusts which land directly onto the ...
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Is it safe to inject termite foam into the wall around water lines/plumbing?

A termite company is proposing spraying Premise foam into the wall around some plumbing, and I am wondering how safe it is. I am somewhat of a worrywart and have concerns about the pesticide somehow ...
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How tight does vent screen have to be, to keep out swarming termites?

So I found some winged "ants" on my roof. My roof and crawl spaces have vents with 1/4 inch wire mesh, very easy for such "ants" to get into. Of course, they were not ants, they were swarmer termites....
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Does this look like a termite?

I found a suspicious looking insect in my kitchen counter top, and I'm wondering if it was a termite. Can anyone who are familiar with termite confirm whether or not the insect in the picture below is ...
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How can I replace or repair termite damaged 2 x 6 tongue and groove sub flooring without altering the 1 x 6 hardwood floor on top of it?

How can I replace or repair termite damaged 2 x 6 tongue and groove sub flooring without altering the 1 x 6 hardwood floor on top of it? The hardwood floor runs perpendicular to subfloor, and all of ...
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Is this Termite or Carpenter Ant Damage?

I'm renovating a bathroom in my home in Maryland. I found this insect activity when I removed the drywall. Was it made by termites or carpenter ants, or hopefully, some benign insect? It doesn't look ...
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How to assess deal with termite damage

I am under contract on a house in AZ. There is obvious termite damage. The termite inspector found half a dozen spots (in rooms that hadn't been painted recently) near ceiling and top of walls where ...
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Is this termite ? Please help

[ Update: I went to the back side of the walls, ie exterior. And updated a few more photos. Possibly the cause ] Saw this small holes over my fireplace. And lot of sand like stuff on the ground. ...
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How to fix eaten/rotten rafter

I need to repair some rotten 5"x3.5" (actual size) rafters (the one in the pic is the worst). I'm thinking about using a pair of unequal length 2x6s to create a sort of half-lap joint with the cut-...
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What kind of jacks are used for lifting of framing in various situations?

I have two vertical house jacks from the local tool library, which I've used to support framing during extensive dry rot and termite repair: I'm into a section where the house jacks won't work. I ...
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Uh oh. I've just noticed flying termites around my new outdoor office. What is a cost-efficient way to protect it?

I recently finished building an outdoor shed/office: The porch is redwood. The structure itself is "nordic spruce" I have not painted the outside yet (I'm planning to do that soon) but I've ...
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are these mud tunnels from termites or carpenter ants?

I found some (apparently now vacant) "mud tunnels" in a wall void behind some drywall, in an area where water damage had occurred "over a winter." (This is in Utah FWIW--apparently we have both ...
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Termite treatment options

I've been noticing termite wings around my front door and near the bathroom. My girlfriend says she has seen them swarming sometimes at night (mostly 2-3 at a time no more than 10) although I haven't ...
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What termite treatment is needed for reclaimed wood being used indoors

I've saved a handful of planks from my old back fence after replacing it, and plan to turn them into indoor furniture (coffee table, etc.). After some experimentation I've decided I want to seal and ...
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Can a termite inspection report declare a house irreparable?

(This question assumes a reputable pest control company.) If a home termite report finds issues in need of repair, is it safe to assume the integrity of the house is intact after those repairs are ...
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What type of insulation should be used to deter subterranean termites?

My house's structure is made of wood and there are subterranean termites (non-formosan) in my yard and area. I am planning to excavate and insulate the slab perimeter in the interests of saving on ...
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What is the maximum depth below grade for termite activity?

I'm endlessly revising my perimeter footing insulation project and need to know: how far below grade do subterranean termites tunnel? These would be normal subterraneans, not formosans. For some ...
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What can I fill a trench around my house with to avoid creating a drainage issue?

I am planning out my footing insulation job. Right now it's a pretty standard floating slab-on-grade with footings extending down a few feet, and the footings are uninsulated. A ring of concrete was, ...
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Are these termites?

Background: I recently purchased a house in northern New Mexico, and as part of the purchase, a termite inspection was performed and a prior termite infestation was found, as well as evidence of prior ...
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Looking for termites when thinking about buying a house

I'm buying a house in an area where termites are a serious problem. I know most people are honest but most is not all. When I'm with a Realtor, at a showing of a house that I'm thinking of putting an ...
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Is this white powdery substance on a wood shelf caused by flying termites?

There were probably about 100 or 200 so flying termites inside the house two days ago. They were all flying to the ceiling lights, and I placed buckets of water below it and many got in. I also ...
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Are these brown finger-like things on the outside of my house caused by termites?

Is this ground termite? This is on the outside of a wall in the backyard. This is the only occurrence of this thing. Should I be worried? Should I call someone to look at it? OR can I fix this ...
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Do termites stay in the wall?

I feel a need to double check this. I found a couple mud tubes going into a wall along with some minor damage to some paneling inside. I removed the paneling, sprayed some termite killer in there and ...
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How can I stop mortar plugs from popping out of slab holes?

Our termite people plugged their dozens of chemical insertion holes using a regular grout and a putty knife. Needless to say the plugs are popping out left and right. (They tell me that is normal, ...