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  1. Building & Construction
    It's a older concrete townhouse complex with steel studs through the place but on the concrete wall between the townhouse seem to be drywall glued on. I want to create a shiplap ( horizontal 8inch ply wood strips) accent wall but looking for best method to attach. 1) Glue 2 or 3 inch wide 1/2 or...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, I would like to install a 30 x 60 inches wood panel (3/8" melamine) on the ceiling. Concrete ceiling. This will act as a second ceiling, so we can hang things and occasionally being able to replace the panel for a brand new installation (therefore not needing to drill new holes in the...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, I'm looking for some advice. I'm building an 8x8 shed, and I need to attach a sill plate of PT 2x4 to a preexisting 9x9 slab. I'm planning to use Red Head or similar wedge anchors to attach the wood. The slab is 10" thick, I'm thinking of using 1/2" x 5.5" anchors. My...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    I'm trying to use molly bolts to hang a guitar on a wall. I've done this exact thing several times before with no issue. This time something's different. I drilled two holes in the wall, then hammered the molly bolts into the wall. The end is now flush with the wall. The next step should be to...
  5. Building & Construction
    I am trying to put us a shelf unit in the bathroom. I went to drill for the anchors and hit something. Thinking it was a stud, I just used the screw sans anchor. However, when I went to put the screw in, it hit something "bouncy" and would not stay in the wall. I pulled the screw out and there...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hi Everyone - I need some advice. I'm trying to replace some furring strips that came down when I removed the drywall and paneling in my basement. I used Tapcon screws on a few pieces and I'm about 50/50 - some hold tight, but have had a few that had issues. Is there something better than...
  7. Building & Construction
    Need some help: I poured deck footings and forgot to look into post anchors for my 6x6s beforehand. From what I know now, the easiest thing would have been to install a J-bolt or regular bold before the concrete cured, but I did not. What are my options now? How can I anchor the post to the...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone, I am trying to install a Flowwall shelf system in my garage. One of the three walls is poured concrete. I have read a lot about different concrete anchor systems and methods, however, the more I read the more confused I get at this point as there are many ways of doing this. My...
  9. Building & Construction
    We have a 10x12 canvas top gazebo with a steel frame. My husband refuses to drill into the newly pour concrete slab. I was thinking we could anchor it down by using 35 pound concrete planters filled with play sand and river rock, and topping it with 3 inch think flagstone pieces. Maybe even...
  10. Building & Construction
    The books I have say to use a J bolt (a.k.a. L bolt) embedded in the concrete. But they stopped selling these bolts at the stores in Northern California. Usually that means that some kind of industry standard has changed or a local code standard has changed, but I can't tell what I need to use...
  11. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    hey guys my 1st post here since introducing myself I've built a 10' square gazebo or patio base using 6" depth of crushed limestone compacted down twice covered with 2' square patio slabs that i had lying around, framed by some 4x4" pressure treated posts. See attached IMG_1186.jpg, it turned...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We're buying materials for building our new home and I now need to purchase the anchor bolts to secure the sill to the crawlspace foundation. We're using 8x8x16 block and I wanted to make sure I was buying the correct size hot dipped anchor bolts (J Bolts). Do I need 8" or 10" bolts? We're...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hey guys, I have what probably is a unique situation. I own a personal training studio and run quite a few group personal training sessions. In these sessions I have some of my participants use something called "battle ropes" which I thread through a special anchor I had made for them. This...
  14. Building & Construction
    House Fly Away - No anchor bolts Okay, so my house isn't going to fly away, I think. I hope! No j-bolts. Rotted sill. Need to attach new GT sill plate. Background Located in WI, zone 6. The lower half of my basement walls are constructed with 3 core concrete blocks (8"x8"x16") with a...
  15. Building & Construction
    I've got a question about mounting an LCD TV to a brick fireplace, similar to this other one i had found: http://www.diychatroom.com/f19/fireplace-brick-veneer-tv-mounting-89188/ My question has to do with the integrity of the brick itself. I'm trying to mount a 46" LCD TV (probably 60lbs or...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    Hi All, Well... It started like this... Needed to install a gate at the top of a staircase. Since gate was installed at top of staircase, expected to find solid wood behind the drywall. This was the case on the one side, but not on the other (actually the real reason was that the woodscrews...
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