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Creepy Easter eggs for my new house?

So we're building a new house. What can we do to creep out the next people that own it? It makes perfect sense really, I saw a gif on reddit where some folks replacing carpet took the liberty of painting "get out!" in red paint on the floor below the carpet for the entertainment of the next people to replace the carpet. I would like to do similar things. [more inside]
posted by stet on Aug 15, 2016 - 92 answers

Construction for spectators?

My 3-year old son is obsessed with construction sites and trucks, to the extent that he will just randomly close his eyes and scream with glee at the things he sees in his imagination. How can I get him some live action safely and without being too weird? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Jun 9, 2016 - 39 answers

Well, this has got me a little CO'd.

How important is a Certificate of Occupancy for an addition? Especially when it's all about one nonsensical thing? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Jun 7, 2016 - 15 answers

Seeking pro for mold issue in garage. What do I need to know?

There is a recurring mold issue in my parents' garage. Mold keeps growing back in one corner of the garage. I don't know where to begin with hiring someone to deal with this, so I'm hoping someone can help me figure out what I need to know to make sure this gets done right. What kind of professional should I hire? Is there anything I should keep in mind as I try to find the right person for the job? [more inside]
posted by millions on May 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Help me find a replacement foot for a ladder.

I've got a fiberglass extension ladder with a missing bottom rail bracket and foot. All the markings on the ladder have worn off. I'd like to be able to find replacement brackets/feet, but my searching so far has yielded nothing. I have pictures of the remaining part. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Apr 27, 2016 - 9 answers

What makes one building harder to make than another?

A high rise condo has been erected near my work, seemingly overnight. Meanwhile, a local shopping mall has been undergoing renovations for seemingly ages. What could account for this? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Apr 12, 2016 - 13 answers

Woodshed Engineering

I want to build a woodshed, AND I don't want to go to that much effort, only to have the floor collapse. I am not an engineer. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Apr 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Which stone cutter is this?

Can you identify this stone cutter? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet on Apr 3, 2016 - 5 answers

Help me become my company's scheduling expert!

I work for a general contracting company and I'd like to learn more about scheduling construction projects. Can you recommend any resources? Books, online resources, webinars, classes, anything. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Mar 30, 2016 - 4 answers

Spray Foam Insulation to Reduce Shared-Wall Noise

I own a small one-bedroom condo in a medium-sized building with no insulation. I can hear all of my neighbors (upstairs and next door) all the time. I don't want to tear down all of the drywall in my unit, and I've heard that open cell spray foam insulation can be used in finished drywall to help reduce noise. Does it? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Construction Company Canvassing Neighborhood

A few weeks ago a salesman came through my neighborhood offering to do work that would be paid by my homeowners insurance. After he came through I saw a few of my neighbors with signs in their yard advertising work being done by this company. I begged off when he came to my door. My question is, when a company is offering to do work that supposedly will be paid by the homeowners insurance is this a legitimate claim or is this guy doing something shady? I am a new homeowner so this is new to me.
posted by zzazazz on Mar 4, 2016 - 10 answers

Best way(s) to bring house insulation up to comfortable levels.

Original 1950’s construction 6 room (3 bedroom) cape cod style house north of Boston MA with varying levels of (inadequate) insulation. How do insulate this house? [more inside]
posted by eatcake on Feb 16, 2016 - 8 answers

Why does 1 WTC look like the top floors are still under construction?

The top 1/3rd or so of 1 WTC is illuminated, at night, by intensely bright white lights which look almost exactly like construction lights hung in unfinished buildings. Other skyscrapers are lit by warmer yellowish office lights. What's the deal? Are those floors empty or is that just the new trend in skyscraper lighting?
posted by grumpybear69 on Feb 16, 2016 - 2 answers

What Materials will I need to complete these house projects?

I have a number of things that need to be done around the house, that I am hiring a handyman for next week. Since I am not that handy myself, I need some help on the items to buy before he gets here so that he has what he needs in order to complete the project. [more inside]
posted by locussst on Jan 23, 2016 - 6 answers

How to get a loan in this scenario?

We own a lot in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. Its value has tripled since we bought it; at this point we could sell it for $100k if we wanted to. We don't want to sell it. We want to build a 500 square foot house on it. We already paid for the permits, saved up the money, and now it's looking like we might fall $10k-$20k short on the total cost to build. Neither of us is employed. Given our extended explanation, how do we make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 26, 2015 - 9 answers

The old girl needs new Windows..

Please tell me all you can about replacing my home's windows. [more inside]
posted by pearlybob on Oct 19, 2015 - 16 answers

Can you hang? Oh, I can hang. Or can I?

So, we're redoing our kitchen- a 12x12 space in a 1950s colonial. We did it pretty much down-to the studs. Everything's new except for the original wood frame of the house. Assume I don't know much of anything about construction. Could I embed this piece into a wall shared by an adjoining room? The piece is 2'x5' and weighs approximately 200 lbs. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Oct 12, 2015 - 19 answers

I need an itemized list of all the steps of building a house.

We're finally building a house! As owner-builders, we need to communicate with contractors about the scope of the work for which we are requesting estimates. We know generally what we want, but need the language for communicating with folks in the trade. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Oct 11, 2015 - 19 answers

Should I move into a building undergoing renovations?

The building in which we want to rent an apartment is undergoing some serious construction. Point work, roof, and total renovation of lobby. How bad can we expect our first few months there to be?Or more accurately, how much will my sons naps suffer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2015 - 6 answers

SPAKE MAG B.M. 507.885

What does B.M. 507.885 with a little metal cap next to it embossed SPAKE MAG mean? I saw this very carefully (and kind of beautifully) added to some concrete edging near the Southwestern Bell Telephone Building in my neighborhood and I'm wondering what it might mean. Construction symbols? Telecom stuff? A secret code or artwork of some sort?
posted by limeonaire on Aug 25, 2015 - 8 answers

Cabinet arrangement in a bathroom remodel

We are about to have our master bathroom remodeled. I have picked tile and counters and fixtures and everything has gone great, but I am stuck on cabinets. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Aug 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Do I have to let cable technicians in my apartment?

The cable in my building is out. At least one of my neighbors is affected by this, and my cable is also out; however, I don't use mine so I don't care. The cable people want to come cut a hole in my wall. This will be very loud, require multiple visits, and take at least 45 minutes. I am seriously ill and for various reasons this will be catastrophically disruptive for me. I said no. Do they have the legal right to force this on me? I wonder, also, if the landlord has to give permission - they want to cut a totally gratuitous hole in a place that can be clearly seen.
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Aug 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Help us find a freelance architect (around Montclair, NJ or NYC)

My wife and I just bought our first house and it needs some renovations on a small budget. We’re not going to be able to afford a full-service architectural firm (handling permits/contractors/project-management/etc), but we think consulting an architect will be money very well spent. We’d like someone to do a walkthrough with us, discuss and improve the changes we’re considering, and then put together detailed/accurate drawings for the remodel. [more inside]
posted by ethand on Aug 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Contractor Abandonment in Wisconsin?

I know YANML, but might someone know if there's a statute in Wisconsin law that defines the time period by which someone might declare abandonment by their contractor? [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Jul 30, 2015 - 1 answer

My parents are very perplexed by all this

Tell me about your transition from white collar to blue collar work. Bonus points if you're a woman or in a trade union. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Little Free Library for Dummies

Where can I find the simplest possible instructions for building a Little Free Library, from wood, from scratch? [more inside]
posted by mermily on Jul 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Is there asbestos behind this sheet vinyl floor?

I'm fixing up a condo that I'm going to rent from my parents in 2 weeks. The kitchen floor is sheet vinyl on a concrete slab. I think my father said it's a floating floor. It's really worn out with large gouges and it's peeling up on the edges in some places. My father and I are planning to tear out the sheet vinyl and replace the floor with nice new vinyl planks. [more inside]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

How to decide who's the best for a big commercial renovation project?

We're spending several million dollars to renovate our community health centre. We've received several bid proposals for the prime consultant function who will do the design/architecting and then oversee the mechanical, electrical, signage, building code etc. I'm helping assess the proposals. What should I look for? What are danger signs? What questions should I ask of the bidders when they come in to present? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jun 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Best intensive courses for learning to build or renovate your own home

I am looking for 1 week to month long classes that do hands-on teaching of basic carpentry, plumbing, and wiring skills for people who want to rehab houses. I am considering buying a fixer-upper and need to know what tools I need, how to use them safely, how to conform to the local building code, and when I will need to hire outside help. [more inside]
posted by ridingtheranges on Jun 18, 2015 - 11 answers

How can we find out if there were violations for construction?

I'm currently living in a building where sound travels immensely. [more inside]
posted by rancher on Jun 12, 2015 - 9 answers

How much can I salvage termite damaged wood?

There is a well-built shed on my property that is heavily termite damaged that I want to tear down. The inside is lined with cedar paneling and I'd like to salvage as much as I can from the entire structure as I want to build a new shed there but I don't want to doom my new building to an early death. What should I do?
posted by Foam Pants on May 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Small Claim - GC takes $, no contract happens, GC keeps $...

Small Claim - GC takes $, no contract happens, GC keeps $... Legal assistance please. [more inside]
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens on May 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Ideas for building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home?

I have this pipe dream of settling down somewhere extremely rural and building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home. I've got a lot of ideas floating around in my head, but I'm always looking for new ones. How would you go about setting up such a dwelling? (Or how did you do it, if you've done it yourself?) I'm ideally looking for ground-up plans, but all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Setting posts - series of dumb questions

So I'm not much of a DIY person, but I might want to build a pergola along one side of my back yard. Normally I'm a trial-and-error kind of person, but since this would involve concrete-set posts, parts of this have to be right the first time. I still have some questions after googling around. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on May 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Breaking into scheduling (specifically Primavera P6 or P7)

I’ve heard there are P6/P7 classes that hook students up with work afterwards. I guess the instructors/teaching organization have connections...? Do such classes really exist? Also, I’d like recommendations on how to become acquainted with more schedulers. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Apr 21, 2015 - 0 answers

picket lines at construction sites - how do they work?

The construction site next to my house has been picketed by the carpenters' union. As a direct result of the construction I may need to get some work done on my house, and would like to know more about how this could go. This is in Philadelphia. [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Apr 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Is this foundation work $5k? or $100k? Who is telling the truth?

I was looking at a house. The disclosure said there was a crack in the foundation (link to pic of the disclosure inside). Realtor 1 said it was $5k to repair. Realtor 2 said it was $100k to repair. The house was sold already - but I'm trying to figure out who to trust. How would I go about this? [more inside]
posted by dogcow2015 on Mar 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Contractor said county might baloon my renovation to 4x cost!

I'm looking at buying a house that is too small, but has an upstairs attic room that I thought could be renovated--adding a long shed dormer along the back and extending the wall to a 3' knee. Whether or not I can make the changes at a reasonable cost will determine whether I want to buy the house. I talked to a contractor and he said costs depend on the county. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Mar 10, 2015 - 15 answers

Which siding WOOD you choose? (or aluminum)

Should our second-story siding be wood, aluminum, or a combination of the two? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Mar 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Reputable online OSHA 10 hour construction training course for NYC?

An acquaintance who works in construction would like to start working on bigger jobs, which means he needs to do the 10 hour OSHA construction training course so he can get certified. I couldn't find a good way to check if any of the online courses (that are half the price of meatspace classes!) popping up on Google are actually legitimately credentialed places or scams, so please hope us figure it out! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2015 - 1 answer

Getting concrete facts about a concrete condo under construction

I bought a unit in a high-rise condo in Metro Vancouver that will be finished two years from now. How can I get answers to some admittedly obscure questions? The marketing materials are shallow (I can only read the word 'luxury' so many times), and the broker who signed my paperwork at the showroom has been unhelpful. I'm a first-time buyer. [more inside]
posted by spreadsheetzu on Feb 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for any good statistics related to building unpermitted housing.

So what I'm looking for is any national statistics (or as close as I can get) on the area of building unpermitted additions on housing. As in guy buys a home. Guy moves in and discover that third bedroom he built is unpermitted. Or that connected treehouse. Or the homemade bomb shelter. thoughts on where I could find such things?
posted by rileyray3000 on Jan 26, 2015 - 3 answers

How to argue with the contractor on construction overruns

How do we argue/negotiate with our contractor on construction overruns without being jerks? Beans and snowflakery inside. [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Jan 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Cost range for building small guesthouses?

Has anyone built a guesthouse/in-law suite/studio on their property? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Jan 12, 2015 - 6 answers

creative, non-invasive solutions for turning a space into a wall?

Architects, craftspeople, interior designers, anyone else...help me with ideas for closing off my open bedroom in a heavily eaved, converted attic! Cross-section of the entryway space here. More after the fold. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Need kitchen and home color scheme ideas

Are there any books, magazines, or websites that might help the design-challenged pick colors during a complete kitchen remodel or new house construction? We'd like to be able to flip through pictures of various home interiors - most importantly the kitchen but also other rooms - to help us decide on the colors of our cabinets and floors. Google images hasn't been terribly useful.
posted by exhilaration on Nov 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Masonry project problem -- is the proposed solution ok?

Adding granite toppers on our exterior stairway made the step heights hazardously uneven. Is the plan for addressing it ok? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Are excavators ever buried under large buildings to save money?

My brother claims that in large construction projects where excavators dig out underground carparks, the cost of removing the machinery exceeds the costs of replacing it so they are simply buried under all the concrete. Can anyone please point to some kind of evidence? My googling hasn't turned up anything and there's $30 riding on it! Thanks
posted by soymilk on Oct 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Is the top of the Cayan Tower in Dubai supposed to look unfinished?

Is the top of the Cayan Tower in Dubai really supposed to look 6-stories unfinished? Or why else aren't there any photos of the finished version of the twisted skyscraper anywhere to be found on the Internet? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Oct 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Construction ruckus - how do I help my cat cope?

My landlord insists that I be out of the house during daytime bathroom renovation. This will terrify my aged, timid house cat. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Aug 27, 2014 - 56 answers

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