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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi All – I have a 12′ by 18′ brick garage that we assume it was built in the 1920s. The walls are just brick with no supports. When we bought the house 10 years ago, the weight of the structure had blown out the windows. Since then, I added some 4×6 columns and support beams about to relieve the...
  2. Building & Construction
    I have two contractors who gave me different opinion what to do. The outside of my shear wall will be flush to the outside of concrete foundation. So plywood will sit on top of concrete foundation. I don't know if I need to leave a gap between them. A contractor told me I need to leave at...
  3. Carpentry
    In the process of adding an addition I am required to shear an existing exterior wall. I removed the stucco, added insulation and now I'm ready to shear it with plywood. There is an existing window on this wall and my question is, how do I shear around the window? I have 4 other windows...
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