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Are single storey homes less likely to have expensive issues?

Like all questions that ask for a generalization, the only possible answer is “It depends.” For the purposes of this discussion, there are two kinds of repairs that we’re interested in: (1) repairs of ...
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Are single storey homes less likely to have expensive issues?

A single story structure by nature is not going to have the issues that can be associated with having another story built on top. So if you were to buy a single story home there is no risk of second ...
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Are single storey homes less likely to have expensive issues?

The US East Coast is saturated with multi-storey hones, some of them 300 years old. The front half of mine was cheap construction when built in the 1890's, and the only structural problem I know of ...
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What's the intended purpose for these rebar protrusions?

Those pieces of steel are not rebar, they are form ties that are used by the foundation people to rigidly hold the inner forms and outer forms at a fixed distance. They are held in place during form ...
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Are these cracks in our wall something to be concerned about?

I would get a 1" putty knife and fill in that crack with joint compound. Have a damp sponge ready and clean off the excess mud from the area outside of the crack so you don't ruin the wall ...
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Spread footing foundation for kitchen addition

I can't see why you are concerned enough to even ask the question. A site visit won't give the engineer much, if any, more information than they get from (probably quite extensive, given the history ...
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Compacting gravel on wet ground

The rain helped compact the soil for you. In the current state your ground is good to go for gravel and compaction.
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resurface interior concrete foundation wall

Ready mix stucco would work for that. Maybe prep the concrete with liquid concrete adhesive to improve the adhesion. You only need thin layer so no mesh is required. However if you want to make it ...
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resurface interior concrete foundation wall

What you want is stucco mix. stucco You can add a latex additive for extra adhesion. You can even "paint" the latex on the walls prior to the stucco, but it is a little pricy. Concrete ...
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