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  1. Remodeling
    We replaced our old basement stairs and hired a contractor on Thumbtack (unfortunately). The stairs seem fine and safe, but I'm finishing up the basement and wondering if an inspection is required for Pittsburgh. I also didn't get a permit, because the structure already existed - so it wasn't a...
  2. Building & Construction
    I have an existing one car under home garage (~10'x15') that I would like to consider expanding lengthwise (i.e. to ~10'x30'). The home is situated on a raised hill, meaning that the driveway is flat leading into the garage from the street with retaining walls on either side. My question is...
  3. General DIY Discussions
    I recently had a licensed (still active I checked) plumber install a shower in our basement bathroom. I asked him before starting the work if he would pull the permits or should I? He stated that he would pull the permits as they fall under his license. After completing the shower, I asked if...
  4. Building & Construction
    I live in a house that was built in the mid '60's. Through remod projects I've learned that my floor joists are 2x8 and my ceiling joists are 2x6. Was this standard building in the '60's? It's an 1100 sq ft house.
  5. Remodeling
    Hi, I need an advice on the building/electrical code for my tray ceiling project. I am quite new to DIY, but I've got great imagination and look thru beautiful pictures online, so, I'm trying to implement some of my ideas. I've got a condo on the last (4th floor) in Los Angeles, California with...
  6. Site Help and Suggestions
    I would like to see a gallery of dramatic failures to meet code. This would be a useful and entertaining feature.
  7. Carpentry
    I have a 1.5 year old, 2 story home in Iowa. There have been some pretty large cracks on certain second floor walls, and a lot of doors not latching. Today I noticed the large basement egress windows do not have a typical header, and it looks as if the plates are sagging in the center of the...
  8. Building & Construction
    I am renovating a condo, that has a concrete suspended slab for ceiling and floors as well as concrete?masonry for all exterior walls. As such none of the interior walls are supporting. The plan is to remove/ modify some of the walls to open the floor plan up. I hate the way these walls have...
  9. Building & Construction
    I am installing a flat roof over my existing deck that will have a 3" slope in 15 feet. I intend to use 6X6 rough cedar posts positioned approximately 4 feet on center to support the roof. The roof structure will consist of 2X8 Douglas Fir rafters on 12" centers with 23/32" tongue & grove...
  10. Remodeling
    I have a home that was built in 1928, with basement. I bought the house 2 years ago and the sun room that sits on a slab had 21 Jalosie wood windows that were in horrible condition. The sunroom was added approx 1967 or before according to the local building inspector, roof construction had...
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