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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an existing garage that the back side is below grade. There are 4 exposed blocks on the inside from concrete floor to sill plate. There are no problems, no water, no seeping etc. The existing garage/ damp proofing acts as it should. I would like to cut in a door to the backyard and...
  2. Building & Construction
    Rot replacement wood framing T111 cut out and use CMU block? 2.25" foundation + grade Hi all! Been wanting to join a home DIY forum for awhile and today's the day :) I have a non load bearing side of house with a standard full basement with partial walk out bulkhead and half stick wall on one...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi. Thanks in advance. I live in a house about 5 blocks from the beach in North Florida. The house was built in '46 and has a concrete slab and concrete block walls inside and out. The South wall of the house is protected by a patio cover so it gets no rain. The house is old and has a few...
  4. Painting
    We have concrete block w/stucco one story house in Florida Gulf coast. There are a few areas that are showing some cracking along the base--not enough to have it re-coated--it is more fading and dingy. We bought the house 5 yrs ago and don't know what paint was used by prior owners or last time...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    My husband is trying to find a product he's seen before, but doesn't know the name of. It's concrete block that has pre-cut channels for plumbing. A search of the Internet isn't finding what he's thinking of.
  6. Remodeling
    Hello, I have a project. I have an idea of hot to maybe get er done but I want to see what professionals would recommend. Basically I am finishing what was started on a house I bought. window was changed to a door. I am trying to figure out how to build the floor so I can put in a sill plate. I...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We just purchased a motor home and am thinking about storing it at home. Problem is, we will be putting in gravel or ashphalt, but don't really like the look of it. Wife and I recently took a trip to a state park and we saw this concrete material. We kind of like the look of it and can grow...
  8. Building & Construction
    First post! I know the title is pretty bad, sorry about that. Here's the situation: We had a contractor make a 60" by 80" (WxH) opening leading to the office (originally a car port) a while back. The idea was to install a french door. However, due to a lack of funds and contractor issues this...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I have a block foundation that had been patched, repointed and Dryloked due to previous spalling about two years ago. I noticed a small bubble behind the rock wall and poked it. The paint crumbled and so did the joint. I pulled apart the wall and used a wire brush and scraper to remove...
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi Everyone I'm in the process of installing a woodstove in my (new to me) home. I've got Terrazzo Tile on the floor, so I realize I don't REALLY need a "hearth pad" or a platform. But i think esthetically, it'll be more pleasing to raise the stove UP a bit. So I have a few options. The...
  11. 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...
  12. Flooring
    i just bought a house with a 850 square foot concrete block unfinished addition. there is a 3 foot crawl space with floor joists already in, and just earth underneath. i'd like to put in hydronic radiant floor heat in concrete slab above the joists, and i'm not sure of the best way to insulate...
  13. Building & Construction
    I'm looking for a mold to pour on site 8" x 8" x 16" hollow blocks, A real plus would be a mold like used in the states that create self aligning, self leveling, dry stack wall blocks then when you insert rebar and back fill with concrete it provides the integrity. of course you start with a...
  14. Building & Construction
    I am contemplating building my new garage/workshop myself utilizing concrete blocks. It would be the first time doing a project like this and I have several questions. 1. Do I need to create some sort of tie-in of the first courses to the slab or can I just start laying block on top of the...
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