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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, good day. The 7' retaining wall around my house and garden is cracking. The house is on a small rise above the split in the road. The retaining wall is basically holding all the soil back, so I'm quite concerned. The houses here are built on saprolite, what we call rotten rock, so it's not...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I am getting ready to retrofit my garage extension into an in-law suite. The garage is a wooden addition to a cinder block workshop. The workshop is a solid structure with a concrete slab. The garage is attached to the cinderblock but has no slab; resting on a gravel surface. The original...
  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. Building & Construction
    What are the precautions and specifications for constructing a column over a former well, closed a decade ago, just by filling sand. In our ancestral joint-family house having 2 portions, there was a well on the west side (the house was facing east). It was around a 30-ft. deep well, with...
  5. Kitchen & Bath Remodeling
    We have a 1940 home with floor joists that are 2x10s and 16 inches on center. We are replacing the old bathroom that contained an iron tub that was 30x59 with a new fiberglass/acrylic tub that is 36x72 (weighs 141 lbs) and holds 89 gals of water (est 1577 lbs). My spouse is 6'3" and weighs...
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