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  1. Concrete slab with raised sill

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I’m putting in a shed/garage, and the plans have a foundation slab with a 9” x 4” raised sill around the edges to attach the wall to. Pouring the slab is pretty standard, but how do I pour the sill? Do I put in the forms and pour everything at once, or pour the slab, let it cure, and then pour...
  2. Install granite wall caps

    Project Showcase
    I finally did it. After a year of waiting that I had prepared the stones are able to place them on the wall fence. not perfect but I saved a lot of money This is the final result
  3. Threshold Extention for Security door

    General DIY Discussions
    Maybe someone can help this newbie? I just put up a security door in the front, I would like to have a door sweep on the security door and need a threshold do achieve this. Could someone tell me by my photos if my current threshold is the kind that has a hook at the end to attache a threshold...
  4. Looking for urgent advice regarding joist and structural work done. Help PLEASE!!

    Building & Construction
    Sorry "advice" spelled wrong, and can't change it I had posted a thread a few weeks ago and my pictures posted were flipped, and was very confusing. I had never posted on a forum, but I am hoping someone can give me some advise on a very severe issue. We have recently had renovations done...
  5. Sil plate cut by HVAC guy

    Building & Construction
    Hi everyone! I am new to this forum. I am trying to do everything on the house myself but there are certain things that are beyond my knowledge. I hired an HVAC company to install a new furnace system in a house that used to have radiators. They had to vent the furnace to the outdoors and when I...
  6. Sloped vs. Pocket sill

    When it is time to replace your windows, there are a quite a lot of things to consider. Balancing factors of your lifestyle and budget, along with understanding which window material or type of glass is best for your home, can be overwhelming. One of the most common questions our clients...
  7. Install windows sills and trim... in brick.

    I am attempting to install some window sills and crown mold frame all of our unframed windows on the inside of house, on exterior walls that are made of brick. I overlooked the brick and now I'm wondering if this will be an easy install, if I can't hammer in finishing nails, what is the...
  8. Exterior Door Sill Removal

    Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    Hi everyone, I've taken a lot of great advice from here, but I can't find the info I need for this so I thought I would make my first post. We bought a house that needs a ton of work, among which is replacing our kitchen floor. A friend and I ripped it up down to the subfloor (vinyl over...
  9. New door sill and stairs.

    Hello, I have a project. I have an idea of hot to maybe get er done but I want to see what professionals would recommend. Basically I am finishing what was started on a house I bought. window was changed to a door. I am trying to figure out how to build the floor so I can put in a sill plate. I...
  10. Painting Silicone Caulk

    Hello and Help! :wink: I'm trying to paint the wood frames that surround my vinyl windows but the primer slips right off the clear caulking. I've tried three different brands of primer and it all sticks to the wood well. The I don't know what type of clear caulking was used but the vinyl...
  11. Gap between sill/exterior board and subfloor? help?

    Building & Construction
    I just discovered that my sill plate and joist setup is different than others I've seen (and I was a Realtor, so I've seen a lot of sills). As you can see from the picture, there's a gap between the exterior board and the subfloor. Covering that gap, on the exterior, is just some tar paper...
  12. Gaps under sills, should I be really concerned?

    Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am hoping somebody with the right expertise might be able to address some concerns I had with a recent home inspection of a house my wife and I are looking to buy. I will write what the inspector wrote for the FLOORS/SILLS Condition: -Gap under sills There has been some damage to the sill...
  13. How to replace exterior door on cement sill?

    Windows and Doors
    I want to replace an exterior door that is on a cement sill. I am only replacing the door, not the side window as shown in the window. The next image shows the cement sill carrying into the house. The replacement door is pre-hung and must be installed with its own frame in order to qualify for...
  14. How to replace a rotten sill plate, joists, and subflooring.

    Building & Construction
    Hi guys, I have a rental built in the 1950's and recently had one of the nastiest tenants known to man move out and destroy the place. I ripped out carpet, flooring, everything. Long story short, I ran into a weak spot in the kitchen after ripping up some tile. From past expierence, I expected...
  15. Sill Plate Question

    Building & Construction
    Howdy my name is Colby, I'm a College Student who is currently studying Building Construction Technology. :) Anyways my class is currently working on this family housing unit at our college. This housing unit isn't in great shape but I'm pretty sure it can be fixed. Anyways the sub floor is...