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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, We are building a stamped concrete patio that is approx 1050 sqft in size and has two levels. Below is a basic screenshot of proposed patio shape and location. The red circle is a firepit. We looked at various stamp patterns and are confused as to use just one pattern for a large patio...
  2. Building & Construction
    So here's a pic showing a cross-section of my homes rear wall: Shortly after the stucco dried the builder poured a 8" thick concrete pad to serve as a rear landing/step, right up against the stucco as shown, at least it slopes away from the wall. The home was built in the late forties so no...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I have a large concrete pool deck that's structurally sound, but it’s old and ugly. It cleans up pretty well when power washed and I'm strongly considering staining it to match the pool coping which is shade of grey. The concrete gets a good amount of UV, chlorine splash, and it's...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a front door concrete slab that has some chips, pits, including a large one in the front edge. It was originally poured in 1971 and has held up well and drains properly. A prior owner had put an overlay on that has mostly chipped off. I want to try another repair and overlay with modern...
  5. Building & Construction
    Awhile back I saw a video of a contractor who built these 4"x8" concrete "ledges" at the base of a stone foundation (100+ year old houses) before putting in a parameter drain/french drain. These essentially served as new footings for the foundation and surrounded the parameter. Has anyone ever...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hi all, having lots of fun and would love experienced people's opinions on this. Any thoughts are super welcome I've posted here a handful of times about drainage problems in my basement. This part of the basement is at grade (built into a hill). House was built in the 30s in CT. A few...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey everyone, I recently had a contractor install a very nice roof/overhang over my pavestone patio. They had to lift up a few pavers to pour 3 concrete footings for the support posts. The problem I have now is the footings are slightly too high for the pavers to be reinstalled. In other words...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    We had this pad poured in early September and it has this weird coloration. I keep hoping it will turn a uniform color. The contractor who put it in claims it will still change and to give it more time, but I’ve never seen it take this long. Will it continue changing at this point?
  9. Plumbing
    We’re trying to determine what the pipe in the attached images is. It’s coming out of a concrete floor under the manifold that distributes hot water to all the infloor copper radiant floor pipes. The unknown pipe is angled at about 45 degrees into the floor and has two smaller copper tubes...
  10. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am a 70-year-old female with NO concrete experience. I am installing rubber "curbs" in my driveway that need to be bolted down. I went to Home Depot and they helped with the hardware to use. They suggested I get a hammer drill. I said I wasn't about to spend more money on the hammer drill than...
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm trying to figure out a potential plan to build my own home, and I would like to use block construction, but the one thing I just cannot figure out is how do ceilings/floors work? Preferably, I would like to have a drop ceiling, and a variety of flooring types including hardwood, carpet...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I recently had a brand new circular driveway installed, using a 3 piece interlocking concrete paver (Nicolock Granite City). After installation, the landscapers dirtied up the new driveway, and the dirt would not come off with a hose. I purchased a power washer with surface cleaner...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi All: I've been posting about my saga of getting a new porch built on my historical home. I posted yesterday about distance from porch to threshold and y'all were super helpful. Everything was going well until my contractor failed the pre-pour inspection (I didn't even know this was a...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi All: I have this porch (BELOW) getting demo'd and it has lead-painted (deteriorating paint that is flaking) railings. I want to minimize lead paint/dust/chips during demos and will be laying down some plastic sheeting and just wrapping sheeting around it when it gets moved. The contractors...
  15. Flooring
    Hi! my wife and I just bought the house we have rented for a while and want to resurface the basement floor. It was roughed in when the house was built, which was a long time ago, and we really want a finished floor that’s smooth. We weren’t sure if it would be better to try and fill in the...
  16. Insulation
    We have a slightly unusual construction. Pitched, tiled roof with floor of roof space made of thick concrete slab. This concrete also makes the ceiling of the rooms below. There is only plaster straight onto the ceilings. In a normal house I'd just put down rolls of rockwool insulation in the...
  17. Building & Construction
    Hi all, New here... First post! I'm building a house and due to the COVID related delays I'm finding myself in a situation where I have to pour my concrete slab in the basement and 2" concrete on wood subfloor on the ground floor, before the house is insulated and heated. We live in Montreal...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hello, I recently had a contractor pour a concrete slab in my patio. Before work began we discussed including some appropriate clamps for a 3-post triangular corner pergola installed. The contractor selected some Simpson strong ties [D1230 CBS44]. We discussed placement and overall I believed...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi all, Very new to working with concrete and looking for advice. I am trying to do a fairly simple project: making a circular concrete lid with a 36" diameter to serve as a cover for a dug well. Basically a disc with a 3' diameter. Target thickness might be about 3". Ideally it might have a...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi. I am thinking of making a concrete patio for my new cottage, but I'm wondering if the extreme winters of Quebec will damage it in the future. Will controlled joints be enough to prevent cracking?
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