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  1. General DIY Discussions
    I’m working right now with Builder and Surveyor on my driveway in particular circle driveway. I have very little knowledge of design of driveways. What do you think of this from functional and aesthetic standpoint? I’m not sold on the shape of this from this view, but perhaps this will look great.
  2. 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...
  3. Building & Construction
    New construction with slab concrete foundation...house is approx 1/3 completed with a roof and windows in place but no insulation/working HVAC/running water yet. We did have around 11 inches of snow that recently melted but I’m sort of perplexed as to where the water came from (I am assuming...
  4. Building & Construction
    Hi, I have a new construction home under contract and noticed that the flashing looks pretty crappy in some places. The pictured shingles and the flashing (attached) were installed after the Hardie board. Looks like it was hammered in there. Just wondering if anyone else had encountered this...
  5. Building & Construction
    Disclaimer - I know I need to talk to a builder and/or architect - but just looking for some general advice. :) I plan to build a large (24x40' or maybe 28x40') two story garage with living space above. Google tells me that a 24' is the widest I can go with 2x12s spaced 12" on center for the...
  6. Electrical
    Hi All, My builder installed some Carlon double-gang receptacle boxes in my new construction garage but I'm doing the wiring. I noticed that the boxes don't have mounting screw holes inside for the outlets (see picture). I assumed the screws there were for grounding (or something?). How do I...
  7. Electrical
    Hey guys, I'm building a house with Pulte builder in Nashville, TN and have a question about fan pre-wiring. They are charging $130 for just fan-prewiring that includes fan brace and an additional switch to operate fan and light separately. I was reading somewhere (lost the link) that new...
  8. 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...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi All, Wife and I had a home built last year and we had issues with water in the garage from day one- literally a stream running through when it rained (see pictures of Rio Grande). In November, they redid the drainage in the yard to divert water away and sealed part of the cinder blocks below...
  10. Insulation
    Hello, this is my first post so bear with me:biggrin2: I'm building new house about 4200 sq.ft. We will have 2 story family room and foyer. First floor has 10 ft ceiling, 2nd floor 9 ft, basement 8 ft. House is located near Philadelphia, PA. Outside walls constructed using 2X6. Outside finish is...
  11. How To Guides
    How to square a foundation like a pro. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5iPfSUK1kI
  12. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, I am currently building a new home (first one) and am in the process of having the architectural drawings finalized. As background, I picked stock drawings from an Internet shop (houseplans.com) and had an online draftsman modify them per my changed floor-plans. I know it was...
  13. Pest Control
    We are building a house that sits 20 feet from a lake in central Louisiana. I would like to know if there is anything I can do before we drywall to prevent insects and other pests in years to come. I have been told that I can sprinkle boric acid in the walls before the drywall goes up but...
  14. Building & Construction
    We have bought a high school gym and we are making it our home. It has great bones. We are going to build a second floor and was thinking that it would be ok to use 2x8 floor joist instead of 2x12 floor joist, What do you think?
  15. Building & Construction
    Hello everyone, My wife and I just purchased a piece of land in the Central Florida area and are looking to build a modern home within 2 years or less. I found this forum and very excited to learn about the building process to better understand what goes on when it comes time to build. We...
  16. Electrical
    I am trying to replace a flat designer style light switch in a brand new park model trailer with a dimmer switch of the same style. Upon removing the (3-switch) wall plate to check on the depth of the box, I found that there was NO box, and all 3 switches were independently wired with 14-2...
  17. Carpentry
    I have a 1.5 year old, 2 story home in Iowa. There have been some pretty large cracks on certain second floor walls, and a lot of doors not latching. Today I noticed the large basement egress windows do not have a typical header, and it looks as if the plates are sagging in the center of the...
  18. Building & Construction
    My son-in-law is having a house built (in Michigan) and is concerned about the basement cement walls being so wet. The cement work was done the first and second week of December and the house has been sealed up and heat was turned on January 15th. They surrounded the exterior walls with 2"...
  19. Flooring
    We are going to lay tile on concrete floors with radiant heat already poured in to the concrete, (1200 squ ft total) the slab is 4 mos old with a concrete block frost wall around it (in MT) there doesn't seem to be a consensus on how to do it, we are considering porcelain and/or ceramic 13x13 or...
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