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  1. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hello, If I’m installing a 36” OVE shower kit on a concrete slab, with the drainage above ground level into a SaniFloPlus macerated, how high must I build the platform under the shower to accommodate a P trap? I’m trying to choose between a base made with 2x6’s (ideal) or 2x8’s (which would be...
  2. Building & Construction
    New construction with slab concrete foundation...house is approx 1/3 completed with a roof and windows in place but no insulation/working HVAC/running water yet. We did have around 11 inches of snow that recently melted but I’m sort of perplexed as to where the water came from (I am assuming...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi guys, I just joined so hopefully I'm posting in the correct place 😬. I plan on pouring a new driveway, approx. 30' x 30' @ 4". My options are to get a truck & hire a crew ( the easiest way I know) or buy a cement mixer & do it myself using bags. I don't really have anyone to help me but I...
  4. 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...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm looking for suggestions/solutions for my stoop issue. Stoop collects water because previous owners didn't leave a place for water to drain. Problem 1 (Patching Hole): Previous owners built a new stoop to the front of the house and didn’t leave a place for water to drain. (See the 2" lip...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I’m putting in a shed/garage, and the plans have a foundation slab with a 9” x 4” raised sill around the edges to attach the wall to. Pouring the slab is pretty standard, but how do I pour the sill? Do I put in the forms and pour everything at once, or pour the slab, let it cure, and then pour...
  7. Flooring
    I have a converted garage built on a concrete slab. The slab is insulated with styrofoam panels which extend into the room about three inches, so the flooring does not go all the way to the interior wall. Instead, there is a bulky, awkward drywall ledge built to cover the styrofoam insulation...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone:) I would like to square off the patio with cement but there is a big drop. I would guess 10 to 12". What is the best way to do to get this level before I can get the concrete poured? See attached. Thanks for your help, Troy.
  9. Building & Construction
    Hi All, We recently had a concrete slab poured for a small building. When I started working on framing layout, I found that the slab is square but not level. There is about 3/4-in difference from one end to other on the longer side (24 ft), and about 3/8-in difference on the shorter side...
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    General question while I continue to do some research: I live in the midwest (MO) where temps can get pretty cold in the winter. I currently have a 20X24 concrete slab patio, and I would like to build a pergola to provide shade and a wind barrier (I live on a hill that gets considerable...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Pouring garage slab soon and 24' wide, so thinking about building my own triangle truss type screed 26' or so in order to stay on the tops of the outside forms. Do people do this? Is this nuts? Wont work ? The wood truss will ed up super straight and rigid so the middle at 12' should be at...
  12. Flooring
    I am trying to figure out the best vapor barrier and method to adhere to 1/4" cork underlayment that is being used on a concrete slab foundation. From what I have read, you need to adhere the cork underlay to something if you are applying glued engineered flooring above it (which we are). In our...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    i am wondering what steps i need to go through to lay my own concrete slab. i have seen it can save you a lot of money to do it yourself and even though i know it could be more costly if i mess up i want to get advice from professionals or others that have done it successfully before. please let...
  14. Flooring
    We will be having the entire ground floor of our house refloored at which time I am thinking of removing a pony wall located at the border of the entrance way slab and the point where it steps down some 5.5" into the living room. A neighbor with a similar tract home recently had this done and...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    My driveway is flat but my property on the side by my neighbor slopes downward. I would like to build a retaining wall and expand my driveway. I would like a concrete retaining wall. Do I need footers? Can the slab for the driveway addition and the retaining wall be a monolithic pour with rebar...
  16. Plumbing
    Does anyone know what exactly I would do to remove the cast iron from the foundation from the outside wall of the house. Would a jack hammer be the tool to use? I am worried about cracking the foundation or having cracks show up in other places in the house when I drill into it. I have...
  17. Plumbing
    Hello all. I am thinking about cutting a narrow channel into my concrete slab to run a refrigerator supply line from the sink to the spot where my icebox will be. The distance is about 6-7 feet. I am remodeling the basement and laying slate tile over the concrete so I imagine all that I would...
  18. Plumbing
    I am remodeling the shower in the downstairs bath. Demo has been completed, shower pan has been ordered, and has arrived. The drain in in the wrong place but I have a roto-hammer to move it to the new pan's location. Once I have the drain line extended to the correct place, I'll be ready to...
  19. Building & Construction
    The previous homeowner of our house converted the two car garage into living space. As in most garages, the garage floor is set down inside the foundation walls (~14 inches) resulting in the typical walk down from the normal living space onto the garage floor. In order to wall off the two garage...
  20. Plumbing
    There are many varying opinions on this topic when I search, so I'm submitting my situation and asking for your input. I've taken possession of a partialliy built home, slab on grade with all plumbing including infloor heating roughed in the poured concrete slab. No big problems, I'm moving...
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