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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Good day guys, I'm building a 10-ft high concrete retaining wall 12-in thick with a 10-ft radius curve. Looking for advice on forming. Was figuring on using two pieces of 3/8 inch plywood with 2x4 verticals every 12 in. Does that sound like enough support? On the curve section should I just do...
  2. Carpentry
    Hello everyone, I don't know if someone else has asked all of you this question already today... If so sorry in advance. I have a single story home, I have made plans to install a kerdi shower against the exterior gable wall of this home. The gable end wall has movement too it and I am...
  3. Building & Construction
    I'm about the begin building a detached garage and have encountered a few issues that are giving me a headache. Before I get into those, here's some basics about the project: - 22' x 24' Structure - Floating Slab w / shoulder footings - 1 Course 6" block (8" tall) - 2x4 Framing - 8'8" wall...
  4. Building & Construction
    My deck sways quite a bit when I walk across it. It is about 10' x 15', and the posts are about 4' high from the ground to bottom of the beam/joists (see photo). There is no ledger board, so the only way it is attached to the house is with some steel strapping that seems to be doing nothing...
  5. Carpentry
    I'm starting work on my 1920-1940 house. It currently has 1x8 shiplap sheathing on the interior and pattern 117 pine siding on the exterior. I'd love to get rid of the sheathing and replace it with let-in bracing (to make drywalling and trim work easier, trim currently sits only 1/16-1/8" out...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hi all, I've got a 6-foot concrete block wall leaning into my new property and I'd like to brace it for the next 1-2 years while I figure out what to replace it with (it had an insufficient footing and there are tree roots growing under it). Before I add the braces, I'd like to push it back a...
  7. Carpentry
    Hello All, We are in the process of building a corner step in pantry. The two "long" walls will be 4'2" each (which will be the span of the shelves). I plan to use 9" deep shelves up above, and 12" shelves below (to store deeper items like appliances). What I'm wondering is if I run a 1x2...
  8. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I am redoing a granite shelf with 3 bordering walls. The piece is 20'' deep and 50'' wide. If I put up a backer board and install 3 12''x12'' braces along the back and two on each side further out to support the front edge, will this be enough. The front center of the piece of granite will have...
  9. Building & Construction
    I have just completed the frame of my deck and am not sure what to use for sway bracing. It is a free-standing deck that butts up to my house. I am going to run the decking parallel to the house, and have read I need to install sway bracing. This can either be a long strip of metal that runs...
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