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  1. Building & Construction
    Our home has a 12x12 patio/porch in the backyard. The porch is attached to the home on one side. There are two 4x4 posts on the side attached to the home/roof close to the walls and there are 3 4x4s on the other side. I have read somewhere that 4x4s might not be enough in some cases. Can...
  2. Building & Construction
    My cantilever deck is 12' x 16' with a 16 ft beam (two 2 x 8s). I currently have three posts that span approx 7.5 ft apart, which is about a 1.5 ft wider span than it should be, according to this chart (my joists span 12'): http://www.decks.com/how-to/40/beam-span-chart-table My deck is...
  3. Building & Construction
    Building a 16'x20'wide deck, 6 feet above ground level. Using 6x6s for deck posts. Deck posts will be buried min 5' underground and sit on a concrete pad (below frost line). My question is...is there any reason that I should not run my deck posts through the deck, up 3' and use for railing posts?
  4. General DIY Discussions
    I have just finished setting 20 aluminum 2x2 fence posts. The are not all exactly the same height. To cut them, my thought is a circular saw with metal blade. I do not have a reciprocating saw and i need these to be level so caps can go on. Would using the circular saw be best tool? Here...
  5. Carpentry
    Notching deck posts at 45° angles I am pouring footers to build a two story deck. One portion of the posts resembles this picture. My question is how would I notch the three posts in the foreground. In my design the one all the way to the right (of those 3) will extend another 10' up to...
  6. Building & Construction
    Ok this will be the start of our Pergola build and I will document it here for anyone who would like to use in the future to maybe help them out. I have been researching the best way to install Pergola posts and most people are against burying the wooden post in concrete for fear it will rot in...
  7. Building & Construction
    My Basement is a backward L shape. So they have used 2 I beams. one that runs the length then stops at the one that runs across when it changes directions. The pics will help. There are 3 jack post in one small area across and I want to finish my basement and need to move them for the hallway to...
  8. Carpentry
    Hello! I need to build a gate for the staircase on my back deck to keep my two toddlers from falling, but I've run into a couple issues. We didn't build the deck, and, the previous owners seem to have done a "less-than-perfect" job on it. Here is a photo of the opening. It's a second floor...
  9. Building & Construction
    Howdy knowledgeable folks. We're in Montreal QC wrapping up landscaping after major house renos last year and I'm looking for advice on a wooden driveway gate in the plans. The driveway is paving stone, almost 11' across, from a brand new foundation on one side (which was back-filled entirely...
  10. Building & Construction
    Hi guys, this is my first post. I bought my house last year and the deck seems to be leaning away from the house. I am not sure it was like this when I bought it but I am noticing this now. It feels very sturdy but this summer I am having a very large (150-200) person and I don't want...
  11. Building & Construction
    We are designing a deck...it will be 10 feet high, over our basement garage, for a new construction home. It is 12 X12 on both sides and 24' X 6' (the great room is a bump-out of the other 6') in the center = 48' wide. Can we use a header to eliminate the support post, if so, how long can the...
  12. Building & Construction
    I am new here. My husband and I just bought our first house. We decided to encapsulate the crawl space and discovered that the oldest part of the house does not have a concrete foundation, as we previously believed, but sits on posts on top of concrete footings. The girder(?) that spans the...
  13. Building & Construction
    Hello Everyone, I'm building a new screen porch / deck onto my house and my question is how do I secure the post on the deck so that they don't move? All of my post on the screen porch are attached together by a 1x4 and are flush with the band. I've been trying to figure this out for sometime...
  14. Building & Construction
    Hi all- I'm building a pergola on an existing concrete slab. I'm using 4x4's, and I'm trying to find the best way to attach them to the concrete. I bought some Simpson Strongtie ABA44 post bases, are they as good as the AB44? Although the ABs been discontinued, I know a place I can get them...
  15. Carpentry
    Last month, I cemented in two 10-foot 6x6 posts to use as supports for a small pergola over my garden bench. Due to family issues, I was not able to get back to the project until this last weekend. To my dismay, one post was bent forward at the top, but was still square. The other post was...
  16. Carpentry
    I want to build a little play area in the back yard. I am thinking about something like 4 feet by 6 feet with some extensions. I live in Montreal so it gets cold and windy in the winter. Can I get away without sinking the posts into the ground? Can I make an above ground structure and then...
  17. Carpentry
    I'm building a basic wood pergola over my back patio. I will be pouring concrete to extend the patio which I'll build the pergola over, so I can pour my corner footings rather than drilling into existing concrete. I'm trying to figure out what is the best tie down for 6x6 corner posts. I found...
  18. Building & Construction
    I will be building a deck off of a retaining wall I constructed last year. The retaining wall is at the water line of the lake. i will be attaching one side of the deck to the retaining wall and digging and pouring concrete posts for the middle and other side of the deck. My question is...
  19. Building & Construction
    I have two areas of fence that need to be put up and I would like to have a 7' to 10' ( I can make it either or) section that I can pop one post out of the ground and swing ( a gate that doesnt look like a gate) and the other area is a small one that I would like to be able to remove a post to...
  20. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I have been trying to decide if I want to do round columns or 6x6 posts for a hip roof gazebo. I am leaning towards square posts. My plan is a basic 4 post open air 10x12 structure and am wondering what is the best way to anchor the posts. I am in snow country so a 48" hole with a 1' footing but...
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