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  1. Building & Construction
    A team came out to mount a TV on a wall in the finished basement of our house (3 floors total - main, upper, and basement). They drilled the first hole in the wall and stopped because they felt a “pop” and thought they hit a PVC pipe. A plumber came out and determined it’s not a pipe but a metal...
  2. Carpentry
    Hi everyone, I'm helping my brother re-frame his second story interior walls. I typically don't frame walls in existing structures so I wanted to get some opinions/options. From what I've checked out, non of the interior walls are load bearing, it's a truss roof 24 oc. The walls are actually...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I have an old a rock wall that needs to be patched up. There are small voids where stone has fallen out. My question is what is the ratio of portland cement to sand used to set the new stones in the wall? Is the ratio different for the mix used for the mortar between the stones on the...
  4. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hi, I'm new to the forum so I apologize ahead of time if this question has been posted in the past. I am a first time home buyer in Atlanta Georgia and I close on my newly built townhome later this month. However, I have a serious concern about a piece of exposed rebar in the wall of my...
  5. Building & Construction
    I live in a pre-war apartment building that has walls made of plaster. On the other side of my bedroom wall is my neighbors kitchen. They LIVE in their kitchen and I can hear everything through this wall (not to mention smell their cooking). I want to diminish the audible noise but can't do...
  6. Building & Construction
    The 2nd story windows in my home (dutch colonial style) all are recessed ~8" into the walls and I don't see why. It seems the walls are unnecessarily thick. Now that I am planning to renovate our small bathroom, I want to gain some floorspace by cutting out that wall all the way to the...
  7. Building & Construction
    My contractor has used roofing nails to put sheathing up on one of my walls , is this ok? Will it cause any issues I should be aware if?
  8. Building & Construction
    Picture is worth 1000 words... I was planning to close this area and make extra bedroom, but...always that but :) heights is only 6 feet. I want to increase heights to 8 feet. without moving support. Do you think that will be possible digging 2 feet below, always keeping 2 feet away from the...
  9. Roofing/Siding
    I have been renovating an old hotel I bought a few years ago. Originally it was built in 1880 and then in 1903 they added a brick addition. At the begining of this summer I decided to put a new roof on the brick addition and pulled the old layers off (I dont think this has been done since 1903)...
  10. Building & Construction
    I had a perimeter drain installed in a basement room that had leaks in major rain storms. Room is gutted down to poured walls, floors and exposed joists. Rooms seems to stay dry now; ready to build walls. Problem: How can I attach sole plate to the concrete floor without introducing leaks? I...
  11. Building & Construction
    Hi All, I am building a stud wall on the top floor of our extension which has a flat roof. The joists run parallel to the direction of the partition so I know I need to add noggins. But I can't get access to the ceiling joists from above because the roof is flat, and getting access would...
  12. Building & Construction
    I am about to begin construction of a new closet in our guest room. We have two options for the lay-out of the closet, but much prefer one for aesthetic reasons. Of course, it is the hardest of the two to construct due to obtuse angles. We have no idea how to frame out this closet so we can at...
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