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  1. Floating Deck or Use Ledger Board?

    Building & Construction
    Planning my deck build for next month. We are interested in expanding the deck out longer than the current ledger board (see photo). What would you recommend I do in this scenario? Can I just use the current ledger board and place one pier right next to the house near the back wall? I do...
  2. Rebar placement in square footing for post

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hey all. I am adding some supports in my basement/crawlspace in preparation for an attic conversion project upstairs. The engineer is having me add four posts (either PT 6x6 or permanent steel columns - my choice) with 24x24x10 footings. This will be inspected, so what does code call for in...
  3. How to Best Enclose a Pier Foundation

    Building & Construction
    My very old house addition is only about a foot or two off the ground and is on piers. I have a foundation company fixing the fact that that a third of the addition is sagging SEVERELY into the ground — the two end supports had completely disappeared (maybe they were wood and disintegrated?)...
  4. Hole in Ground

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    A handyperson took too long to dig a 36" deep hole for a concrete pier. Now it is too cold to pour concrete. The hole is within inches of a concrete sidewalk. Since this is in the central Midwest, do I need to fill in the hole until next Spring? If so, can I fill it in with sand to make...
  5. Deck Post Advice

    Carpentry
    Hello. This is my first post on this website. After a web search on my question, I found a few posts on this site and was very impressed with the positive, constructive feedback to the posted questions. What is the best way to attach a deck post under an existing deck that has joists meeting at...
  6. Pier Wiring Leaking

    Electrical
    Hello all, I recently installed an old elevator winch onto my pier to use as a boat lift. It's wired as 220v and it only draws 6 amps under full load. There are 3 wires supplying the winch, two hot wires and a ground / neutral. As you can probably tell, I'm not an electrician... Well, I...
  7. Pier on slab

    Building & Construction
    Here is my problem. I have land with a 30 x 40 ft slab on grade. Top is even with soil. I want to use this slab as pier foot pads. Code guy said I could dig a footer on 2 sides, cut slab and inset the other 2 footers. that woild leave the existing slab floating. Can't find out if wire or rebar...
  8. The different foundation types

    Building & Construction
    What are the advantages/disadvantages of the different foundations? (cost, digging, labor, strength, etc) What situations are they best in, or not advised in and why? Slab Basement Crawlspace Concrete Pier Treated Pole/post From what I understand the pole type foundation seems to be the...
  9. Adding posts and beam to floor for aquarium

    Building & Construction
    Hi all! I'm glad I found this forum, I've been bugging people on my aquarium forum about the same issue. I have a 180 gallon aquarium which is now sitting in the garage slowly angering my wife. I want to reinforce the floor where it will sit (the tank, empty is almost 400 lbs. Add water and we...
  10. Pier Foundation Question

    Building & Construction
    Background My house sits on a hillside. The house is on stilts (6x6) which in turn sit on concrete piers. The piers are about 24" in dia. I was told by the builder that the concrete piers sit on and are pinned to ledge. The area around the house is all ledge and boulders. It is my...
  11. How to install new dock pilings

    Landscaping & Lawn Care
    The 5x20 dock on our pond is about 30 yrs old and is shot. The pilings are old telephone poles that have served their purpose but need to be replaced. I like having a year round-dock, but we're in Ohio and at times the ice gets up to 15" thick so I need something robust that won't pull up...
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