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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi everybody, Forgive the probably very simple question, but I hoped you'd be able to help! I am completely new to all things building and construction. We're currently looking to buy a house and have found one that mostly seems lovely. It needs some decor updates which we're happy to take...
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    Hi All Bought a house 5 years ago. Brick construction, single story with full basement (concrete walls). The attic was converted to living space (with permit) before I bought it, but it has 43-inch knee walls and only 6 ft headroom for about 8 feet of width. Virtually no closet space...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi there! I'm new to the forum and would appreciate your help. We are opening up the floorplan of a 2-story townhome that was built in the 80s. We hired a structural engineer who recommended a 24" steel beam for a 27' span to remove some walls between the kitchen and living room. My...
  4. Building & Construction
    guys i have a 20ft load bearing wall in the basement and a 2 storey house - so i have basement on slab, floor 1 and floor 2 and a roof. house is 3550 sq ft. We need it removed to open up the basement for a kids play area. Contractor says he can do it with 2 vertical posts and 1 horizontal - 24...
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    I have a Cape Cod style house that was built in 1945 with an attic as a living space. The trusses are 2x6, 16" apart, and don't span more than 15' across. Do I need to reinforce these trusses or should they continue to hold up? If so, how should I reinforce them?
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    Is it ever OK to drill vertically through a structural beam? I have a 5x8 solid timber structural beam running the span of my basement supported by lally columns. Is there any location on this beam that can support a vertical hole through the beam? I bought the house in January and the...
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    Good Morning All, I have a water intrusion problem in my crawl space. I have had the house for 2 years. I believe there are 2 issues here. There is one corner of the crawl space that gets a pretty steady flow of water when it rains hard. There is a concrete wall that looks like a bad repair job...
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    I recently purchased a foreclosure that was sold as-is it has termite damage on the main girder support in the basement and was wondering how to go about this as it hasn't compromised the structure YET, but i'm sure will eventually as it's pretty well chewed through. The termites are no longer...
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