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Is this stair rise to code?

That doesn’t meet code, and is flat-out dangerous. The simplest fix is to lift the entire stringer assembly and raise the grade at the bottom. Or take it apart and do it right from the outset. I ...
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Is cutting a DIY spline channel around the openings of our wood screen porch a good plan?

This is a good idea, except 1/8" x 1/8" is kinda small. 5/32" would let you use common .160 spline. Check spline availability in your area prior to choosing groove size. Yes, "trying to use the circ ...
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Is this stair rise to code?

Yes, it counts as a rise. You need to have the steps redone if you want to be code compliant. Looks like your top step is ~3" low. You need to make new stringers with the rise being ~3/4" ...
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Porch construction: orientation of flooring boards (perpendicular or parallel to siding)

That's a "breadboard end", and it's simply a design element. There is no requirement for it that I'm aware of. If you do an internet search for deck images, you'll see a wide variety of ...
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How to double up an existing single beam without disturbing the structure?

How about drilling holes and using bolts, washers and nuts? This will be structurally stronger than a million nails driven in from both sides.
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

Unless you limit usage to tiny kindling fires, this is a bad plan. Sparks are common when burning wood, and a slight breeze can put them almost anywhere. Logs burn at 600-1000 degrees F or more and ...
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How to remove a tree from a roof

The conventional way to deal with this type of serious problem is to call in some tree service professionals. They know all the proper techniques to safely remove a fallen tree and may even have a ...
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Porch remodel with improved electrical service

Nope. You need a 20A breaker at the main. When you upsize wire for long distance, you do not also upsize the breaker. There's no reason to; the long distance doesn't consume any additional amps, ...
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If I have a firepit on my screen porch, how high does the ceiling need to be?

Every place I've lived has city or state laws that prohibit this. In Virginia, the law says no open fires (exludes bonfire which is 50') within 25' of a structure.. So, don't do this. If you are ...
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How can I temporarily set this porch post until after the winter?

This needs to be taken seriously especially since people use it as a support. That post could be transferring load from the upper floors down to the concrete footer so it should be really secure. ...
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How should I handle vinyl siding when intersecting new walls?

To do the job correctly, you cut out and re-trim the vinyl siding so that the porch wall framing can be nailed or screwed directly to the house wall, with fasteners going into the framing of the house ...
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Will a fire pit damage my patio's ceiling?

The smoke alone is going to choke you out. Even a small fire in this location is a genuine hazard. The overhead roof is way to close. The fire department would go nuts if they know you wanted to do ...
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Electrical light switch circuit split

You would need to add a new wire from a new switch for the ceiling fan. If the (required) fan-rated box that will be installed is large enough you can simply leave the splice for the center light in ...
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What type of paint can I use for exterior flagstone?

Painting brick makes a beautiful, durable, maintenance-free surface into something that's none of those. Instead, you could stain the brick. There are masonry stains that will color the brick and keep ...
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Is a porch temporarily roofed with just tar paper likely to be damaged by rain?

As long as the tar paper doesn’t get ripped up it will be fine. Even if the paper or felt is damaged it can be repaired or replaced and a little water on the plywood won’t be a problem long term.
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What tool do I use to remove this wide and flat screw-esque thing?

They're plastic electrical box knockout plugs and they are included with weatherproof electrical boxes. I've never seen or heard of a tool designed specifically to install/remove them. A large slotted ...
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How to double up an existing single beam without disturbing the structure?

borrow or rent a nail gun. they shoot so fast that noting will move.
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Is this stair rise to code?

Don't make it harder than it is. You need to dismantle it, but you can simply tilt the existing risers to place (the heel of) the top stair flush with the porch. Then make sure (the heel of) each ...
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Fill in gaps on our covered porch!

Assuming the screens are permanent, you could just add some overlapping trim boards to cover the gap (on both sides). Then all you see is the nice neat edges of the trim. For the part by siding, you ...
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Can a concrete porch be raised about 4 feet?

Can it be - sure, just a matter of spending enough money. Unless there's some particular reason to "raise" that particular slab of concrete, probably a lot less expense to leave it where it ...
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What type of paint can I use for exterior flagstone?

In Dallas TX people are painting perfectly good brick because they think it is a design choice. I personally would never paint perfectly good brick. In my neighborhood of brick facade homes I have, ...
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How to repair my concrete slab porch.

Patching rarely works out, structurally or aesthetically. If you want the cost effective remedy then go with smashing it up and installing properly supported decking material. This will likely involve ...
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How do I stop water leaking from a concrete slab porch into the rooms below?

Concrete always cracks and is porous to water. What you have is a roofing question. The only line of defense is what's above the concrete, and it better be elastomeric to account for crack expansion ...
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How enthusiastically should I strip a flaking deck before staining?

Based on what I've seen in the pictures I'd say you have two option: 1) get a sander and sand the entire deck or 2) get two gallons of stain remover and spray in on the entire deck and scrape it all ...
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Is it safe to remove this plywood ceiling and ceiling joists?

Agree with @r13 . Joists almost always are necessary to stop the roof from pushing the walls outward. If you dislike them, consider "scissors joists" which tie the walls to the roof joists ...
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Help replacing a rotted roof overhang support post

While it's currently not doing a lot to support the overhang, it is doing something. Also, one would suspect that it's supposed to be doing a lot more. A 2x6" board is 1.5x5.5". Making up a ...
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Short-term Solution For a Crack Around a Corner Porch Column

The crack isn't the primary concern, and rain doesn't matter. Your issue is that there's movement happening somewhere below the crack. I can't tell where. It's odd that a slab supported by a full ...
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Short-term Solution For a Crack Around a Corner Porch Column

Your foundation is settling in that corner. You can seal the crack which might prevent any frost related damage but won't fix the primary issue that the column foundation is moving ( you can see that ...
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How to fix hole in step on plastic/vinyl porch?

You have three choices here. What you currently have does not look like any material I have seen in the last 50 years. Not on stars or any place else. So it may be something proprietary, done many ...
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Who do I consult/hire for porch redesign?

If you know what you want and the changes are mostly cosmetic, a GC should be able to do it all. If the changes are substantial, you need somebody to help you figure out what you want, and there are ...
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