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  1. Building & Construction
    New member here, jumping in with a big question: I've been reading several threads with similar questions, but my situation has enough unique factors and I thought I'd see what advice I might get. DH and I are looking for a new home. We want: ~ 2500-3000 sq feet Energy effencient, quailty...
  2. Windows and Doors
    I am replacing my windows with new construction windows. Is it safe to measure inside from drywall to drywall, vertical and horizontal, to determine rough opening size?
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Screed is a thin layer of paste on a concrete structure which is made of cement, sand, and other fine aggregates. Generally, the ratio of material combination to create good quality screed is one part of cement added to 3 – 5 parts of sand. If you are into the construction business, it is...
  4. General DIY Discussions
    Basically, valves are a type of mechanical device that can be used to control the pressure and flow of liquid in an air or hydraulic system. This is the reason they are essential parts of piping system that are responsible for the transportation of sludge, vapors, gases and liquids. You can...
  5. General DIY Discussions
    Hi there. New Homeowner here. My house has a small sun room built on the side of the garage and built quite poorly, at that. They built three of the frame walls right on a big patio slab that extends way beyond and as one would expect, water has gotten under the walls and door thresholds and...
  6. Building & Construction
    I just finished designs for a workshop I'm planning to build on a 8.5'x14' concrete pad in my yard. I wanted to have a few non-standard things to give it a little dramatic flare and make it feel larger than it is: Oversized eaves on the side (2' instead of standard 1' or 16") Oversized front...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    Greetings, I live in Denver, CO and I have noticed a great need for space/tool rental for DIYers to create/complete their projects. I am in the beginning phases of starting a company that will provide the space, tools, and guidance necessary to fill this void in the city where many people...
  8. General DIY Discussions
    Sorry for the shouting, but scientifically your eye should notice my thread first, that or piss you off. As you can see in the photos contained in the link below, I need some advice. Just like all home projects it started with a simple dream, I'd like to put in some new baseboards, shouldn't t...
  9. Building & Construction
    Honestly, sometimes people are choosing the trades based on their passion or just because they did not have any other thing that appealed to them. How did you guys get into your trade? Have you ever considered switching?
  10. Drywall & Plaster
    Do you prefer to run your drywall horizontally or vertically?
  11. General DIY Discussions
    Hello DIY community, I recently purchased an older building that needs some work. I have a question about hourly jobs vs. quoted jobs. I want to be fair to local tradesman without getting taken advantage of, so I'd really like your help in understanding how this works. I understand hourly...
  12. Building & Construction
    hello, im trying to attach a pull up bar to the ceiling in my garage, so im looking for a reliable wood finder tool. thanks in advance!
  13. New Member Introductions
    I've been in facility maintenance for over 30 years and I'm very excited to become a part of DIY Chatroom.
  14. Building & Construction
    Hello everyone! I am in the process of building a 16x16 shed/woodshop. I am a complete novice to large rough construction, though I've done a couple small woodworking projects. Was hoping you guys could take a quick look at what I'm doing and point out any glaring mistakes I may have made...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    I live in Florida in a 1 story, cinder block wall home. The house is about 20 years old and I've lived in it 6 years. Over the past 4 weeks i've heard a tapping sound coming from what sounds like the inside of the wall. It almost sounds like someone is bouncing a hard rubber ball outside the...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hi all, Looking for some advice on whether the following project would be within a reasonable price range. My wife and I are looking at buying an abandoned church in West Virginia. We'd like to rehab the existing church (784sq feet) and use this as a living room and kitchen space, then add on...
  17. Building & Construction
    I'd like to install a new window to increase ventilation & install a new window a/c in this room as the long window in the picture doesnt open. The only way I'd get an ideal window placement is if I cut through the popout roof. I have 2 options for locations but both require cutting the roof...
  18. Building & Construction
    Howdy! I am in process of drawing plans to tear off flat roof, add third floor, walls and roof trusses (clear span) onto a two story end unit town with a flat rubber roof. Exterior walls are 2x4 16" oc studs, and brick facade (9 1/2" brick to plaster thickness). There is a parapet at front...
  19. Building & Construction
    Our home was built in 2013. Although we chose everything from the floorplan to the doorknobs, we knew very little about construction and it was a steep learning curve. Five years in, I'm left wondering if every little kink is either part of the normal aging of a house (with 2 toddlers living in...
  20. Building & Construction
    Hi, I'm working on a project to find the best purpose fit in the construction world. This is from construction vehicles to full exo suits. What will help improve your way of working hands on? what else should construction vehicles be able to do? I've got ideas like, 'make the vehicle crawl...
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