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  1. Building & Construction
    Is it a problem if some areas of my new house's roof, which was filled with concrete by the carpenter, have exposed rods due to missed filling? Another carpenter suggested plastering those areas, but I want to make sure my house is safe. Can you assess if this issue makes the structure weak or...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We had a new pool deck poured about two weeks ago and sealed last week. It just rained and I’m noticing all sorts of dark spots that look like oil droplets. And a couple cracks propagating from the edge. Is this spotting normal and will go away? And are these cracks within tolerance? How would...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello i have grates at the end of my driveway. As you can see in the first 2 images one side of them is sinking, and when cars go over, inevitably the heavy grates fall in and i need to put them back on the track. on the next images you can see that the track is falling - it has come away...
  4. Building & Construction
    Disclaimer: I am not a DIY, I hired a contractor for this project. I have no experience or knowledge in building. Getting carport 24x22x12 high. Using 6x6 posts, steel roof. No walls. Contractor decided to use sonotube to set pier foundations. 6 posts. in retrospect, I wish he had gone cement...
  5. Building & Construction
    I have an offgrid build where 12 piers are going in. Footing is 2.5'x2.5'x10" and tubes are 14"x4.5'. Tubes will stick 2' above ground. A total of about 10cu/ft of concrete for each pier @ 3500psi Due to access I am not getting a truck here - I can rent a trailer mixer of decent size but then I...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I did a demolition job and I have a pile of crushed concrete. Too much to dispose of in contractor bags and too little to call in a container. I raked through the material and came with two piles, one with larger pieces (>3/4 in) and one with concrete dust and smaller pebbles. I have to do...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey everyone - would really like some input on what to do with this. The house we moved into about a year and a half ago has started exposing a crack on the rear of the patio. I didnt catch it when moving in, but it appears that the home builder used a plaster to cover the crack and now it is...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I recently made some minor driveway repairs in order to address the supposed trip hazards my insurance providers were giving me grief over (mentioned in this related thread): https://www.diychatroom.com/threads/driveway-apron-how-do-i-fix-this.744654/#post-6829490 I was mindful of getting...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Our old basketball pole busted and the whole old footer needs to be busted out. We had to dig a 30x30 hole just to get to the old footer to start removing top of it. Waiting on jackhammer rental to finish, no idea how deep this DEEP one is yet. Now we will need a new footer put in only 21x21 x...
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello guys, I am about to make a concrete slab patio along the wall of my house facing the backyard (38' long house wall, 10' wide concrete slab), to ensure proper water drainage (now, water may stay next to the foundation). Also, it should hold the table/chairs/mangal and people (no vehicles)...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    My house is a tri-level. Top level for bedrooms (above grade). Next level, down 7 steps, is kitchen/living/dining (above grade). Next level, down another seven steps so it is below the bedroom level, is a family room, den and storeroom (partially below grade). Finally, another seven steps...
  12. Remodeling
    Hi community! I am a new member here and hope to find some valid advise on my project. I apologize in advance if I skip any protocols for posting here, as I said, just getting started :) I have an old stone fireplace in the middle of the Livingroom (connected to the Sunroom) and we want to...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I have to do a quick patch up because I don’t really have the money to have a new slab of concrete replaced. Is there anything I can buy? That’s already premixed that I could fill in the hole so that I could hold out at least for this winter? I’m hoping to have it fully repaired by next...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I'm looking for some help on what caused my new garage slab to be chipping (see attached pic), and also recommendations on how to fix it. It's a 36'x28' slab on grade. Average depth 4.375", thickened around perimeter, 12" deep by 20" wide. The concrete was poured on top of 6x6 wire...
  15. Building & Construction
    For reasons I can’t fathom, the previous owner of our 1950’s house embedded a steel pipe into the threshold of the attached-garage man-door. (Water intrusion is not a problem.) They cut the bottom of the door frame off, and installed it as such, with no threshold except the raw pipe/concrete...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    This is probably why water was coming down my chimney (inside my house). I got up on my roof and checked it out and I was able to easily lift some pieces of this concrete off of the chimney. How can I make a new "cap" to replace the concrete and stop the water? (Cap is probably not the correct...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I recently poured pavers and the sides really showed a lot of exposed aggregate as well as on the edges when I tried to use an edge tool. What can I be doing wrong? Also, I heard adding Portland cement would increase the the smooth stuff on top. Any truth to this? Thanks for all the help.
  18. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I've got a set of concrete stairs and a retaining wall that were probably built when the house was, in the '70s. I've been here about 10 years and didn't really think about doing concrete maintenance, but a contractor who was here for something else said that I'd better clean and seal them...
  19. General DIY Discussions
    I recently moved into a new house (built in 1995), and have noticed a few not ideal details. Most of the issues are easily fixable, but the one are I'm unsure about is around the 6x6 Pressure Treated posts that are holding up a covered attic addition that covers an outdoor paver/patio area. The...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We are getting concrete with a rock salt finish this week. This is the part of the project I am most nervous about. I have a really good idea of what I want and what I don’t want as far as texture (see attached image), but I don’t understand what options the guys will have for controlling it...
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