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  1. New Member Introductions
    I'm a retired professional software developer / electrical engineer living on the island of Roatan in the Caribbean. The wife (mathematician / professional software developer) and I have been in the restaurant / food business on the island for 15 years. Covid has changed all the rules. The...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am required to have an R-value of R-19 for a commercial metal building (fieldhouse in Zone 3A). The complete wall assembly consists of: corrugated metal panel, 1" air space, 8" fully grouted cmu. From my own research, I am not able to obtain R-19 with this assembly. I found that I could...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi guys. I am considering building a house inside an engineered steel building. Have any of you guys done this? The idea is that I would save money on rafters, sheathing and exterior finishes. The thing I cant figure out is how I would hang drywall on the exterior walls and how I would...
  4. Building & Construction
    I have this beautiful arch that I decorated for my son's wedding. Come to find out that the spot it is going into has cement under the gravel. I thought about putting the bottom stakes in a bucket of cement but I am not sure if that is the best solution. And if I were to put them in cement would...
  5. Insulation
    Hi Folks and Merry Christmas, I live in a northern suburb of Detroit Michigan. I have a 40 x 40 metal pole barn with a cement floor. I have attached a few photos. From what I can tell based on the township records it was built in 1969. I need to insulate it so I can work outside in the...
  6. Painting
    Help!! I want to paint my logo on the side of my metal building I do painting on gourds and canvas but have never attempted to paint on metal and I want it to last! So I need to know what kind of paint I would use and do I need to prime it or seal it and what would I use for that? the metal...
  7. Building & Construction
    I have a metal building that has horizontal supports at 3' and 7' from the floor. These supports are 8" wide and have a reverse bend on the front that goes back 1/4" to 3/8". I want to put in metal studs and not come out from the wall another 4" for stud width. This would effectily place my...
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