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Options for laying plywood subfloor over concrete slab

There are a few other options. You can drill through the SLC before hammer drilling into the concrete. You could do the SLC hole a larger diameter since you'll be anchoring to the concrete. It will ...
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Options for laying plywood subfloor over concrete slab

Use construction adhesive (sub- floor glue) like what is used to glue plywood to floor joists in a typical wood framed floor. It comes in large sized caulking tubes and applies with a large size ...
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Looking to replacing rusty basement ceiling beams

For one, do not drive the car over that drive way. Get professionals to knock out the old drive way. Then using the rebar construction pore new driveway which becomes your new ceiling. Demolish the ...
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How to level sloped concrete

Solution 1: Use diamond saw and cut the concrete block in an angle, so they sit straight. Solution 2: Build a concrete platform to level the bricks. A cement patch 1/2 inch thick over 5 foot long ...
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How to make a 2 feet long concrete pillars for deck posts in Quebec

Generally in Quebec the frost line is 5 feet. 2 feet is insufficient.
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I want to remove a garden bed which is on the side of my driveway and fill it with concrete. What do I need to know?

If you are going to make a 6 inch thick concrete for drive way, or 3 inch concrete for walk way the process is the same. After removing the appropriate depth of dirt, lay a layer of crushed rock on ...
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Crack across front of garage floor

I'd pick a line inside the garage and cut it with a concrete cut off saw (14" gas powered) or use a 7" angle grinder with a diamond blade. Setup a straight edge the saw / grinder can follow....
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Crack across front of garage floor

Good news, that is not a crack in your garage floor. It's just a damaged cosmetic connection from garage floor to the pawers. Someone already patched it before. Since those are thin, it will not ...
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Concrete First or Asphalt First

Not an expert (never done this myself, but seen it done), so if I turn out to be totally wrong I'll delete. Concrete first The asphalt will fill in edge to edge. With concrete apron and gutter first, ...
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Why can’t my hammer drill drill a hole in concrete?

This is what solved it. I purchased a Rotary Hammer from Harbor Freight and a 1/2" SDS Masonry drill bit (for concrete with rebar). The difference between the hammer drill and the rotary hammer ...
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Why can’t my hammer drill drill a hole in concrete?

As Tetsujin said, I'd rent an SDS rotary hammer. Masonry bits work in 2 parts. The hammer slams the bit forward and chips a bit of the concrete, and the rotation of the bit extracts the chips and ...
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Why can’t my hammer drill drill a hole in concrete?

Since you burned already 2 of the drills already something is wrong. That should not happened. First do not force the drill putting all your weight on it, let it do the hammering work. Second, most ...
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Recommended materials for molding concrete tiles?

You have (some unknown number) of forms. You only need about 88 pavers for 200 square feet, so just use the ones you have, repeatedly, and arrange a screed board that will level them somewhat below ...
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Recommended materials for molding concrete tiles?

You may be able to find plastic storage containers that will be a close size. Although most are rectangular and have some degree of rounded corners. Maybe change your plan to rectangular shape pavers. ...
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Recommended materials for molding concrete tiles?

The thickness of your pavers will be determined by how well supported they are. 1.5 inches is plenty (2 3/8" seems excessive)- as long as they are not rocking in their setting bed. You can simply ...
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How to protect 2x4 deck framing from ground moisture?

Use ground contact (GC) rated pressure treated wood. Don't skimp by using untreated wood or even above-ground; ground contact or bust! In addition to its rot resistance it is generally less ...
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How to protect 2x4 deck framing from ground moisture?

You do not want any direct contact between your wood and the concrete. The wood will draw moisture out of the concrete which will rot your wood over time. There are any number of commercial products ...
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Okay to seal the gap between concrete foundation and sill plates from the outside using caulk or spray foam?

My preference would be Foam. It will compensate for thermal expansion avoiding cracking. It is water resistant and it will stop bugs. Example: UV resistant
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Concrete anchor distance from edge

As mentioned by others in the comments above, there are a number of variables and the manufacturer of your fastener should have data tables available. I've included as an example only the data table ...
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Roof overhang post rotting

Your best bet is to replace the post with a proper install, what should have been installed there in the first place. 4x4 is probably plenty, and you can use any diameter of concrete footer between 8-...
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