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  1. Building & Construction
    Hi. I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I'm attaching a couple of image. I'm cleaning out my basement, and I'm trying to figure out why there seems to be a secondary support for the beam shown. I've had other houses that just had a pole going into the ground. This is the first time...
  2. Windows and Doors
    Our 1950s ranch on slab was added on to some time in the 1990s. An original wall of floor to ceiling rectangular windows that used to be a perimeter/outer wall, is now an interior wall. Surely it's structural, but are the windows integral to the structure? Can I remove the windows but keep the...
  3. Building & Construction
    Hi all, I'm pretty new to this forum but am very eager to learn from the experts on here. SETUP: I have a deck with solid foundation (built to eventually host a cabin), which I am now looking to start building my off grid cabin on. The deck is 12x30, with piers every six feet on the perimeter...
  4. Flooring
    I'm working on a project to retro-fit insulation between the ceiling and roof of the finished attic level of a 1920s Center Hall Colonial. This third level attic space is your typical narrow ceiling down the center, with slopes to either side, and short knee walls. The flooring in place is a...
  5. Building & Construction
    I'm planning to demo a chimney that runs up the middle of the house and is unused. Previously have removed above the roof line and the second floor portions. I'm going do to the first floor and hopefully basement at the same time. My issue that looking as best I can from the basement up a...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    When our 2-story garage was built in 2006, we didn't have plywood placed outside the joists, and then the Tyvek on the outside of plywood, then Hardy plank siding on the Tyvek. A friend who came by after the garage was built visibly noticed the Tyvek through the joists, and said you "have no...
  7. General DIY Discussions
    When we had our two-story garage built in 2006, we didn't finish out the 2nd floor. At that time, the builder asked if we wanted to designate on the plans whether the 2nd floor was a "game room" or for "storage." We elected storage, because the taxes were lower. Now that we are finishing out...
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