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in_the_woods_nh 01-25-2007 07:38 AM

Garage Construction - reference information
I am interested in building my own 3 car detached garage. Can anyone recommend a good reference book on construction planning and framing basics to get me started? Something that walks you thru planning the site work (foundation),framing and roofing.

Rather than start from scratch on the plans it would be nice to look at various plans and designs for ideas, any recommendations?

thanks, Mike

mdlbldrmatt135 01-25-2007 08:04 AM

Sub out the Fondation...... that'll be Worth it. I did buld my own workshop 12x24 I worked for a Civil engineer at the time and he Ok'd my Foundation (mine was Slab on grade 12"x12" around the edge 2 rows of Rebar 6" slab w/ 6x6 mesh. (it was overkill b/c of the soil conditions below) The framing was all Standard 2x4 16" OC.........

head_dunce 01-27-2007 02:22 PM

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concretemasonry 01-27-2007 03:23 PM

A very practical thing to do is to lay one course of 6" (wide) block around the wall perimeter to create an 8" high clean, rot-proof curb. Run the anchor bolts through and put the sill on top.

It makes cleaning easier and prevents any exterior water intrusion in the case of grading or drainage changes. Especially good where you have snow and water drippings in the winter.

If you build a foundation with frost walls and a floating slab, you just plan ahead and add one course of 6" wide block. If you have a thicker slab foundation, just have the course of block laid on the slab.

You can also gain a little valuable headroom inside.

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