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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I’ve got a concrete patio poured around my pool (surrounded by armorstone retaining wall as well). Concrete is 4-5” thick, with approx 12” of gravel, and then sand underneath. I’m looking to have gazebo built at one end, approx 12ft x 30ft, but I know there are no actual footings poured. 1)...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I am building a new natural gas fire pit in my backyard that will be installed in the center of a new paver patio. My wife and I went to our local hardscape supply store to order the materials. Our plan was to build a custom-sized stone fire pit based on BellaVista Stonegate...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am installing a heavy duty gate (2-sided with 10 foot wide panels that swing to create a 20 foot opening). This is my first post, so I can't post a link for the example picture, but it is at standardgates.com/SG/img/craft/craft-gate.webp The steel posts on either side of the gate are...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I am getting ready to retrofit my garage extension into an in-law suite. The garage is a wooden addition to a cinder block workshop. The workshop is a solid structure with a concrete slab. The garage is attached to the cinderblock but has no slab; resting on a gravel surface. The original...
  5. Building & Construction
    Having finished the basement with some great help from all of you, I have been informed I will be building a deck next. I have calculated the footing size based on my tributary loads and assuming maximum soil bearing capacity of 1500 psf. This calculation indicates 16" diameter footings will be...
  6. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone, New here and to homeownership, and what a ride its been so far. I apologize if this is redundant, and I don't have photos at the moment, but here is our predicament: -We have a 5-car garage for a 2000 sqft house (the previous owner was a car collector). -The house is calling for...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am building a small 12x9 addition to my 1936 brick home. Upon excavation I found that the house does not have a concrete footer/footing. The brick foundation is corbelled brick style. it did appear to have maybe gravel or something under the foundation but not much. My question is how can...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey all. I am adding some supports in my basement/crawlspace in preparation for an attic conversion project upstairs. The engineer is having me add four posts (either PT 6x6 or permanent steel columns - my choice) with 24x24x10 footings. This will be inspected, so what does code call for in...
  9. Carpentry
    I'm seeking advice on whether to use footings or concrete blocks for this project. My worry with footings is the depth--the long side of the deck in the attached picture will slightly overlap septic lines. I do plan to attach the grilling deck to the bottom stair and stair support posts (and...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hello everyone First post so let me know if I need to give any additional info I will be pouring a new concrete patio soon to replace my old wood deck. It will be aprox. 4 inch thick fiber reinforced with wire mesh reinforcements as well. The whole slab will be about 750 sq. ft total. I...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hello forum goers. This might seems like really obvious questions, but I have been struggling to find an answer. I have read Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction a few times, but it glosses of these particular areas. how do you construct a rim-joist when you do not have a single board long...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Got a project I'm doing on my own house in between other work I'm doing. I'm in CT between zone5/zone 6. First time I'm doing a stone wall, I typically do a lot of fireplaces, veneer facings, etc. and I have bit of an odd setup here with an existing platform. Here is what I'm working with...
  13. Building & Construction
    I have a few footings that are crumbling, just falls apart when I touch some of them. Where the 6x6 lays it is solid and I can not move it but all around it crumbles on some. It appears at the top of the footings only. I'd have to dig down to be sure. My question , is this normal? Should I be...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi everyone! I am currently in the process of building a 9x10 deck and currently have the ledger boards up (two sides of the deck connect to the house) and I've just dug the holes. At first, I wasn't aware that since the footer holes are within 5 ft of the house foundation I had to dig as deep...
  15. Building & Construction
    Hey there everyone. I'm building a deck on a Victorian home. The deck will extend 10' from the house. The front of the house is around 23' wide. The deck will be an L shape, wrapping around 15' of the side or the house, extending 10' there as well. There will be 8 columns on the deck that will...
  16. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm doing a home addition in the back of my house with a finished bedroom in the new basement. After the excavation I learned that there are no footings on the existing house. That messes with me a bit because it turns out that the top of the new slab is about even with the bottom of the old...
  17. Building & Construction
    We are going to be building a 16x24 cabin with a loft and will be using sonotube concrete forms for the footings. How far apart should they be spaced, how far below the frost line (10 inches), and how far above the ground would you recommend? Also, we are plannig on renting either a bobcat...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hello everybody I was having a discussion with my boss and now I'm not too sure what to think, so thought I would try to find some other opinions, as I could not find a definitive answer via google. A few years ago whenever we would pour concrete for the purpose of laying flagstone we would...
  19. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a covered patio with a screened in porch. I want to finish this into a laundry/mud room, but I don't know if there is a footing under the covered patio. I cannot just dig next to it to see because there is house on two sides, driveway on one side and another concrete slab on the fourth...
  20. Building & Construction
    I've offered to construct a small potting shed for a family friend and am wondering what type of footing I will need. The shed itself is only 10'x8' and will have small prefabbed roof trusses. How far down should I set the posts and does it really need a concrete footing for something this...
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