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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi Folks, We have a new house under construction right now and curious what the standards are for finishing out the crawl space. I'm familiar with rocks and vapor barrier since a couple of houses we've lived in had that. But during the build of this current house it's just dirt and the house is...
  2. Building & Construction
    Greetings all, Long time lurker first time poster. I have this dilemma. We have screen room addition in the back that we are trying to convert into usable living space. The Addition sits on a very solid, stable concrete pad that has 4 feet of footing around it, and i can image is only...
  3. Flooring
    I stupidly framed out my basement and put up drywall, which looks great. I then realized that I should level the floor - the floor drops 3-4" over 12' and it isn't flat, either. I want to use concrete to level the floor so that I have more flooring options. My drywall ends ~1" off of the floor...
  4. Building & Construction
    I am looking to buy an old retail building in a small town that is on the waterfront. The building is brick that shares the wall with buildings on both sides. I need to basically build a building within a building for structural integrity. I am thinking of doing it with metal framing (I-beam...
  5. Flooring
    We're about to install 5" wide, tongue and groove, pine boards over the sub floor in our house. I've read differing reports on the proper material, if any, to put between the two. Worth noting - these are relatively fresh beetle-kill pine boards. And the house sits at 9,000 feet on the Western...
  6. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    I just started a tile project in my kitchen and missed a step. First, let me tell you what I've done. 1.) ripped out old flooring to slat sub-floor (house built in 1958 so has diagonal slats as base sub-floor) 2.) Installed 19/32 plywood by screwing down in 6"x6" squared pattern. 3.) Stapled...
  7. Flooring
    n the basement of my house (built in 1900) in NE Ohio...Half of the basement floor is finished, the other half is dirt floor covered by a few inches of crushed stone gravel (see pics). I had a mold issue, so looking to put a vapor barrier over the gravel floor. Also am getting slightly elevated...
  8. Building & Construction
    Hello – I'm hoping I can get some good advice on my upcoming basement renovation project for the holidays. Any help is greatly appreciated. Currently, I have a finished basement – it's ugly, mind you. I'd like to remove the existing interior wall panels, replacing it with drywall, and too...
  9. Insulation
    Hi Everyone, Looking for some guidance. We purchased a small vacation property in the last year. The home inspection revealed the prior owner had rolled out plastic on top of the insulation in the attic. In addition, the insulation was pushed tight to the side walls, preventing fresh air from...
  10. Insulation
    Hello all: I have hired "some people" to insulate my 20' x 25' crawlspace. The crawlspace is about 3' high, has no moisture barrier, and I seem to remember seeing some ductwork running underneath with no insulation. They brought the insulation over but I am concerned as it has NO PAPER BACKING...
  11. Flooring
    Sir Bud, I have gutted a enclosed patio 12 X 50, concrete slab foundation with signs of horizonal movement, cracks less than 1 mm. I came across some porcelain tile, (Antica Ceramica Arte, ML21-Piedre, Monteleone if that means anything to you) that I want to install. My questions are; 1)...
  12. Flooring
    Hello all, I have removed some 400 sq ft of vinyl from this renovation and left in it place the adhesive,(or paper backing and adhesive) remaining on the concrete floor. My intention is to lay porcelain tile in it's place however I have several issues to resolve before continuing. First, I...
  13. Building & Construction
    :huh: We just added an addition and have a valted ceiling 3/12 pitch. We insulated with kraft faced insulation but then covered the insulation with 4mil clear poly, along with the exterior walls. We then installed pine T&G (car siding) over the poly. I am now worried that we have "over" done...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hey guys, Got a damp basement in a 100yo house. Stone block foundation walls, most of the basement is a dry concrete slab, but one end is what looks like a combination of bricks and stones set in dirt, and always damp when it rains. The water definitely comes up from the floor, no wall leaks...
  15. Flooring
    I am in a green building class and we are building a straw bale shed (for garden tools). I am looking to use NY Bluestone and either crushed stone or stone dust instead of a mortar mix. We will not be using a cement slab for the floor so I was wondering what the best way to do the flooring would...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    I need some help with this problem and am not sure where to post, so here it is. I have recently built a small 8' x 12' cabin. From the inside out I used 6mil poly vapor barrier, Roxul R14 insulation, 2x4 wood frame construction, 1/2" plywood sheathing, Tyvek house wrap, vinyl siding. The...
  17. Building & Construction
    Howdy I'm Colby and I'm studying Building Construction Technology at Texas State Technical University. I'm working on a project for class. Anyways the project is that we are fixing a rotten floor system in an existing house. We have chosen to take out the previous lumber components of...
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