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  1. Building & Construction
    I'm having a home built and saw this. The site supervisor said gravity would take care of it and it was no big deal. The other side is flush and looks great but this side I took a picture of is mind blowing to me. Shouldn't they use screws, why so many, no brackets, shouldn't it be flush too...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hello! New member here....My husband and I are avid DIYers, but recently opted to contract out the installation of a complete foundation for our new home. It has been a nightmare. We desperately need some direction and advice, so please if anyone is familiar with the proper way to install a pier...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hello, Thank you for anyone reading this and I apologize if I am not posting correctly. I have never posted in a forum before but have had so much help from other posts so I figured I would give it a shot. We recently had a contractor come in to our home who was "highly recommended'...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    I am building a deck with a number of 45 degree angled corners. The plans call for several dropped beams (double 2x10) parallel to the house with flush beams (also double 2x10) at 45 degree angles on top of them. As far as I know, there are no 45 degree connectors for this application. How...
  5. Building & Construction
    I am building a ground level deck (max 24" of the ground). It is L shaped and will have 2 long beams (27.5' and 31'). The beams will be 3-ply PT SP#2 2x12's using 12' long lumber cut to fit the distances between the supporting posts. Question 1: should I make each beam a continuous beam or make...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hello! I want to build a treehouse, minus the tree. I think the popular thing to do is use wooden beams to support treeless treehouses, but I thought concrete or earthbags might make for something stronger or cheaper. I've attached a photo of an example structure I want to copy, except with...
  7. Building & Construction
    Hi. I have an investment 1965 brick ranch on unfinished basement. In the basement, there's extensive powder post beetle damage (bore holes) across all plywood subfloor, floor joists, and support beams. This was an old infestation exterminated via whole house fumigation. I have an engineer...
  8. Building & Construction
    I am considering purchasing an old house that was built in 1820, to restore it and then use it as my primary residence. The house is in pretty bad shape and needs to be completely gutted (floors, walls, exterior siding, insulation, electrical, plumbing all needs to be ripped out and replaced)...
  9. Remodeling
    I will be replacing a load bearing wall with a drop steel beam. The beam will be supported with steel columns. My question is: The current floor is Terrazo, so will I need to cut through the Terrazo to the slab for the column connection with the anchor bolts? Thank you
  10. Building & Construction
    We are designing a deck...it will be 10 feet high, over our basement garage, for a new construction home. It is 12 X12 on both sides and 24' X 6' (the great room is a bump-out of the other 6') in the center = 48' wide. Can we use a header to eliminate the support post, if so, how long can the...
  11. General DIY Discussions
    I am helping or shall I say trying to design a freind their deck and help build it. The have an existing inground pool. They want their flat low deck to come from 15' from their yard toward the pool and overlap the concrete (2' 6") and go to the pool edge. I have no choice but to use 2x6's due...
  12. Building & Construction
    I am having a handyman add a deck to the front of my house to replace a crumbling concrete stoop. He will also be extending an existing roofline out to cover it. I did drawings and had them approved by the city and i am all set for permits. I hit a snag when i had the utility lines marked. The...
  13. Building & Construction
    We bought an old house with the original parts built in the 20's or 30's with maybe three sections added throughout the years. Oddly enough, as much issues as we have with old sagging floors in the old part of the house, the worst problems seem to be with the newest addition built about 1995...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hey all. I'm building a deck and am going to add a pergola above it for a little shade and possibly some vines. My main concern is sagging in the beams and joists. Many thanks in advance for a little advice. Here's my plan: Pergola - 24' by 12' 6x6 PT posts on concrete footers (coming...
  15. Building & Construction
    Hi All, I am a newbie trying to build a deck (no experience). The deck that I am planning to build is only 23" above ground. It will be a floating/free standing deck. I am using Azek deck boards (1" thick), 2X10 PT joist on top of two 2X10 PT beam. The footing will be concrete 11" diameter...
  16. Carpentry
    I'm having a 14' x 11' pergola built in the back yard. The posts and beams are 6x6. The rafters are 2x6. I think it's a pretty simple design but I am concerned about the 14' span on the 6x6 beams. I fear that without a post in the middle of that 14' span there will be dipping and warping. Can...
  17. New Member Introductions
    Hello, My husband and I just bought our first home!! We are super excited, but the first thing we both agreed to do is renovate the kitchen before we move in. We went to Ikea and picked out our kitchen and we are going to install it ourselves. But, we just came across a few road blocks and...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone, I am planning to build a shed roof with a post and beam look and was hoping to have to use either a 4x6x15 or 6x6x15 beam spaced 3 or 4 feet apart on center. is this possible and would these sort of beams work ok or would i need something else. in live in new england and...
  19. Building & Construction
    I am designing a low deck,so there is not much room for posts. I plan on using pairs of 2x6's for beams, and2x6's for the joists. I was thinking of using something like a Simpson EPB44 mounted in the footing, but have several worries... Don't think the EPB44 has adequate corrosion resistance...
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