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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    So I need to make my drive way wider and intend to demolish the existing pier and rebuild it. The pier will about 18 inches wide and 4 feet high and solid concrete. My plan is dig a foundation, fill with hard core to a depth of about 4 inches and then cast a concrete slab 3 times the width and...
  2. Building & Construction
    I am having a generic question on the basics of the foundation design. Everywhere I look, the suggested way to pour the slab on top of the concrete footing (refer to picture 1'). What would be the fundamental problem if the slab is poured flush with the footing, thus lowering the slab level by...
  3. Insulation
    Hi there, I've got a house built in 1970 with a partial slab foundation. I'm doing some landscaping and I noticed that along the side of the house there is some foam insulation against the slab, starting right as the siding ends. It's badly decaying and I suspect it may have been installed...
  4. Flooring
    I have been remodeling my 1978 4,000 sq ft. home for about 5 years now. One of the last rooms is the master bathroom. The bathroom has a typical 1970's sunken tub (i think its cast iron) that is against the outside wall of a brick home with a full single pane window behind it. On the other...
  5. Flooring
    I have a roughly 360sf above ground studio with a concrete slab on ground. Did not know beforehand to insulate underneath slab so we are trying to fix the mess. It gets to - 40 around here in the winters and the slab is way too cold so it must be insulated. I've been reading the forums and...
  6. Landscaping & Lawn Care
    I'm an owner builder who grew up building houses with my dad. I recently purchased a long-term investment property in Los Angeles and am in the home stretch of a 3 month project. It's done a pretty good job of reminding me how little I know. The house was originally purchased with a 15x30...
  7. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Just had (today) a beautiful new 15x15 concrete yard laid by a very good, reputable local masonry contractor. I asked him whether I should seal the concrete and he said no - he would just leave it alone. I also asked whether I needed to mist it or water it to help with curing, and he said it...
  8. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I've just cut several trenches (2-3 ft wide x 25 ft long) in my existing concrete slab to run plumbing. The slab was about 4in thick with wire mesh and a plastic barrier between the concrete and the wet clay like soil (home located in New Orleans). I also had to break up footings in a few...
  9. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I am turning a former garage into an addition to the master bedroom. The garage floor is 12'x12' and slopes from 3" to 5" lower than the slab in the bedroom. I dug out the corner of the house and the thickness of the perimeter of the slab is 16". In the inside there is a level chain wall around...
  10. Building & Construction
    I'm building a loft in my son's room. It will be a 'clubhouse', not just a sleeping loft, so it needs to be sturdy for multiple kids. It will have posts going from the loft to the floor. Can I just set the post on the carpet or do I need to cut a hole and go all the way to the slab?
  11. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I discovered a 10 x 10 concrete slab that's 9" thick that was buried under brush. I'm planning to use this build a storage shed. In my town the largest shed that you can build without a permit 12' x 12', so several people have been advising me to add a couple of feet to each side to get the...
  12. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have a house with a slab foundation. My husband and I want to add a direct vent fireplace to the back of the house between two windows. I've been doing a lot of reading about pinning or tying in of the concrete footers and believe that we understand the process. I just wanted to see if we...
  13. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    My wife and I just purchased a home for our primary residence. Typical story, it was a foreclosure, gorgeous house, very good price... animal smell EVERYWHERE. The smell hits you like a Mack truck being driven by Ferrel cats with urinary tract infections, who want to stick it to "the man" by...
  14. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm pretty sure I do but I'm in denial. Bought my wonderful home 3 years ago as a foreclosure so we didn't get any disclosures or history about the home. We are located in Rocklin, CA which is outside of Sacramento (N. CA). It's a ranch style home and its about 30 years old. Interior we have...
  15. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi All, I have 1951 Cape Code with a cement slab porch that rests on a cinder block foundation (i.e., the basement extends under the porch). An outer corner of the porch slab, next to the downspout, is cracked and allowing water into the foundation. The seam where the slab meets the house will...
  16. Building & Construction
    My home has a screened in porch, which is covered by a standard framed roof supported by the foundation on the porch perimeter. The porch framing, on all sides, sits on poured concrete foundation walls. I porch floor is a concrete slab, which is extends to all walls ABOVE the perimeter...
  17. Flooring
    Has anyone had any experience with Elitecrete? I'm considering using this on my basement floor and wanted get some opinions. I've only found one review from a person who used it in their garage, and it didn't work out very well. If there is a more durable epoxy treatment or acid staining...
  18. Plumbing
    Refrigerator Water line install I am needing to close of a wall which has a refrigerator water line & electrical running through this. I would like suggestions on a proper way of running the water line through the wall, and want to make sure that the installation is "up to code". Does the water...
  19. New Member Introductions
    Hello all! I am a homeowner & DIYer in Dallas who enjoys working on my 1960, slab, single level home. I grew up in a family who worked professionally in roofing & home remodeling. I have gathered enough knowledge along the way to be a danger to me & my home- just joking. My main reason for...
  20. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm looking for an experienced opinion on reconditioning my basement concrete slab. It has a layer of black mastic that originally held tiles and another layer of carpet adhesive. Can this be professionally ground down without contaminating the house? The companies that are interested in the...
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