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  1. General DIY Discussions
    Hi I am new to the boards, I have a cinder black foundation around my garage , the structure is 40 years old. I went to remove some paint that was on there as I was doing this the Stucco started coming off. Some areas it came off so easy, other areas it is so strong. Can I caulk the block...
  2. Building & Construction
    I recently had my contractor dig out under my house to connect the new basement to the existing partial basement. He got right up to structural supports underneath the house when digging. Once the digging was done, they poured footers and a pad, then did concrete block for the walls. My...
  3. 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...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi, We are updating an apartment. The bottom right window is part of the apartment (photo below). We were considering putting a door to the right of that window and creating a small patio. One contractor said it could be done and another said it may cause structural problems (it's a cement wall...
  5. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I have an older home with a soft-brick foundation. On one side of the house, with the partial basement, there is a sister wall of concrete blocks. This is where is water leaks in when we have heavy rains. I plan to build up the sidewalk and reroute the water flow. When I started to clear...
  6. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So I have an ADU in the Sacramento area that was an addition to a very old garage. The addition was slab-on-grade and was poured about 6" higher than the original. Well now the original structure is dilapidated and needs to be replaced. I would like to add a 6" topping slab to the old foundation...
  7. Building & Construction
    I need to set eight 48" deep footings with piers for a shed. The holes need to be 2' wide at the bottom, 8 feet on center in a 4x2 grid. I have the site cleared and leveled, and I was on the fence about whether to dig them by hand or hire someone. I called around and basically the story I get...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    History: My home was built in 1998 and we purchased it from the original owner in 2000. The house has a poured concrete foundation. We live in Northeast Ohio and see a pretty good swing in temps throughout the year. Problem: The outside if the poured concrete foundation is decorated with...
  9. Building & Construction
    Some background: We bought a 1967 built home 6 months ago in Seattle area. Recently we noticed a crack in our ceiling in the kitchen. It was pretty small, so we chalked it up to bad construction techniques. Also, it did not seem like a crack caused due to foundation settlement. Pic of the crack...
  10. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    i have a raised concrete flower bed that needs to be replaced. my concern is that whatever gets replaced won’t account for proper drainage. my guess is that right now, there is simply dirt in the middle that is absorbing a ton of water when it rains and potentially seeping into the foundation...
  11. Building & Construction
    Background: I removed a wall adjacent to the first floor stairwell to our upstairs, and have a question regarding supporting the header going forward. There were 2 2x4's running perpendicular to the base of the header, and this was supported by a post of 2x4s running vertically down to the...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I’m new to the forum and I’m hoping someone can explain what’s going on with my home. I purchased a house in rural southeast SD in July, and have been noticing random saturated foundation blocks around the perimeter of the home. The photo with the sidewalk pictured is the exterior...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hello all and happy new year. This is my first post. And I don't really know how to start, so please excuse me if I make mistakes and I hope I'm in the correct place for my questions. We purchased this house a yr ago with no visible problems.. The hose was clean, passed inspection and the...
  14. Building & Construction
    Location: Austin, TX Foundation: pier and beam House/addition built: 1953/1990 Dimensions: 10’ x 10’ I promise, it’s the previous owner’s fault! Finger-pointing aside, I have a small addition on my house that seems to have been built by some diy amateurs. The house is on pier and beam...
  15. Building & Construction
    I have a 1960's ranch with a poured 8" concrete foundation and I'm looking to install a new exterior walkout door to replace an existing window. The house is on a slope and the wall where the door is going is only 18" above grade so minimum excavation required. Pic attached. I'm planning to...
  16. Building & Construction
    Hi. This is my first post here. I'm a 2nd year carpentry apprentice Located in Montreal. I'm currently in the process of building our family cottage and I joined this community for construction advice. I'm almost done with building the forms, and next I'll be laying 4 inches of rigid insulation...
  17. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a home in humid south Florida that I've been living in for 30 years. The addition to my house has sustained, what I believe to be, water damage over the decades specifically located at the foundation. You can see it running along the rear of the house along the bottom, revealing exposed...
  18. Building & Construction
    Hello - I have question and could use some help - I'm building an 8x8 shed on a 9x9 slab leaving 6" of concrete on each side. I used galvanized Redhook wedge anchors to secure the wood to the slab and used a sill plate gasket under the PT wood. I just realized that I screwed up in that the...
  19. General DIY Discussions
    Hi! I’m new and I need some solid advise for a 16x24 workshop shed I’m building. I’ve never done any kind of project such as this. I thought I would try to cut some corners to save on costs. There is no call for me to meet certain requirements where I live. Just get an electrician to inspect...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello all, I have had this gap between the brick and the foundation wall when looking from each side of the house since the house was built few years back. I would like to know if I should get this patched up or keep it open for ventilation. I do have a basement and I have not noticed any...
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