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  1. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    We bought this house a year ago and something needs to be done with this walkway before next winter. Covered in ice or snow it's deadly. I hope you can tell from the pictures but it has a pretty good slope to it, the stairs as well. I assume this just happened over time. Over the 15 feet from...
  2. General DIY Discussions
    Any advice please on how to create a foundation for this area? Background: I removed an old flimsy shed and want to replace it with the Home Depot 7x7 Rubbermaid shed. This area sometimes develops puddles during rainstorms so I'd like the shed to be somehow elevated by 1.5+ inches. A challenge...
  3. HVAC
    I am in the process of installing a 200 CFM ERV system in the basement and am trying to place the Exhaust and Fresh air vents to the outside. The issue is the siding goes almost all the way to the ground and the joists are 2x10's, so whatever vent I place will not give me enough ground...
  4. Building & Construction
    To cut back on costs Im wanting to go with a slab foundation for my new home. Im just worried it might look kind of weird considering its a colonial plan and the original architect drew the plans for a crawl space. Ive read about elevated slabs, but they add significantly to costs and tend to...
  5. Building & Construction
    I'm replacing a rotting sill plate. I've done this before, no problems. In this case, however, the sill plate rotted because the stem wall ends at ground level, thus obvious leaking problems occurred. The ground here is not higher than elsewhere around the house. If I try to dig six inches...
  6. Building & Construction
    So I removed a sidewalk that was directly up against my home. It was not pitched correctly. I was getting wet spots on my basement wall. After jack hammering up and removing the old sidewalk I am looking at maybe the top 8 inches of my home's foundation. In some of the spots I am seeing that...
  7. Plumbing
    I'm finishing my basement and I'm trying to get a sump pump in before spring. The house was built in the early 50's and has no existing sump pit. The grade around my house slopes from high in front to low in back, the finished part of the basement is the left side, unfinished on the right. Does...
  8. Building & Construction
    Plan is to build a 16x16' floating slab in the backyard. Unfortunately, I had this grand idea without measuring anything that the slope wasn't a huge deal and the retaining wall wouldn't be too tall. After digging and leveling the subgrade, the retaining wall would be about 4' tall. The slab...
  9. Electrical
    I'm looking to replace the receptacles throughout my house (1950s vintage), and I was going to go with commercial grade (to get a step above the residential grades that loosen up after a few years). My local distributor is selling hospital grade receptacles for a few more cents than the...
  10. Building & Construction
    We are remodeling the dining room in our old house. When we took the paneling off wall, the bottom was damp and smelled like mildew. This just confirmed my fears that our front porch needs replaced. It has a backwards slope, so when it rains hard and pools on the porch, it drains towards the...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hi everyone! I was in the process of mouseproofing my house when I discovered a thin, narrow gap underneath the concrete steps. I've no idea how deep they go, but they appear to be formed from water. During a recent rain storm, the area beside the steps turned into a miniature lake. Why...
  12. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I'm trying to sort out the best way to do a flagstone patio around an existing deck. The deck is currently in the corner of my screened in porch and house. I want to put a flagstone patio around the other 2 sides of the deck, in an L shape. I currently have a one step between the deck and the...
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