Is the water heater an electrical fixture that should be part of the "electrical finishing fixtures" allowance when building a new house under a standard contract with a general contractor? [more inside]
posted by peter_meta_kbd
on Jul 11, 2012 -
Calling all home improvement gurus and energy efficiency wizards--help me figure out how to better insulate my attic! I've read through a bunch of information on energystar.gov and other websites about insulating attics, but the more I read the more confused I get about how to do this, because I have the world's weirdest attic. HELP. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi
on Jul 3, 2012 -
I'm about 95% done with my first NYT-style themed crossword puzzle, currently laid out by hand on graph paper, and I want to start looking at making a digital version of it. What are some good tools or workflow for creating well laid out crossword grids on the computer? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis
on Jul 3, 2012 -
My wife and I just moved into our first house this month. Hooray!
The people building a house next door say we have to move our fence [and tear down a shed-like thing attached to the garage]. Boo!
What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Acari
on Jun 19, 2012 -
Any advice on getting the cheapest possible decent quality flooring? How to shop for it? [more inside]
posted by slidell
on Jun 16, 2012 -
The house next door to mine is on sale. If I could sell both houses I would double my money. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Jun 11, 2012 -
Building a pergola.. Ideas welcome, but a construction question - is there a reason why every plan I see says to set the posts, then put up the cross-beams? What is wrong with assembling two posts with cross beams already attached, then lifting that up and setting in your post-holes? [more inside]
posted by rich
on Jun 6, 2012 -
Soliciting suggestions from handyperson types: How can I reinforce my futon to withstand heavier loads? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt
on May 20, 2012 -
I'm looking for plaintext or PDF searchable versions of the New York State and New York City Codes. I'm specifically looking for something within the Building Code, but I would also like to have basically every state and local law, rule, ordinance, regulation, recommendation, and suggestion in an actual searchable format. [more inside]
posted by a_girl_irl
on Apr 26, 2012 -
What are good resources for seeing sample house plans and construction drawings? [more inside]
posted by slidell
on Apr 17, 2012 -
Is there a step-by-step tutorial on how to create working construction drawings with Google SketchUp? This must be on the Internet somewhere but after a weekend of searching and watching tutorials, I still haven't found it. [more inside]
posted by slidell
on Apr 1, 2012 -
As owner, how involved do I need to be for a full residential restoration construction project? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra
on Mar 12, 2012 -
What do you call the metal bars that have two flat parts with a 90 degree angle with screw holes on both sides? I'm thinking of getting some and cutting them to the lengths I need but I have no idea what they're called, any other information on Erector Set like prefabricated elements would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by TheKM
on Jan 23, 2012 -
I have decided that I want to start doing some basic woodworking, but I have absolutely no clue what I'm doing. Where to get started? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Jan 14, 2012 -
We are about to send out bid documents (drawings, prelim-specs, geo-tech report) for a 3300 sqft residence, to invited Contractors;
and need some examples of tight, organized bid formats.
By Division, starting w/ General Requirements, w/ Exclusions?
Any advice, from the Architect/Owner side, would be helpful. Contractors- what formats did not drive you batty?
posted by ebesan
on Dec 26, 2011 -
I'm looking for an architectural term. I'm sure it's one I should know, but I'm blanking on it. To make matters worse, I'm having a difficult time searching for a picture of the feature, because I can't come up with the right term. Let me try to describe what it is. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx
on Dec 19, 2011 -
Two gift questions:
1. What is a good gift, ~$30, for a 9-year-old boy who loves anything to do with construction and is forever building things out of scrap wood? (It's for this kid
, who, two years later, is growing up to be completely awesome and a joy to have around.)
2. A while back someone asked a fashion question and one of the answers had a link to a store that I can't find now. It seemed to be a British store that had come to the US because it kept referring to their various lines as "our [blah blah] range." It had women's and kids' clothes, I think men's, too, and the kids' clothes were colorful and whimsical and somewhat modern looking. It's the kids' clothes I'm after, so if you have other suggestions for clothes like that, that'd be great, too. Thanks!
posted by HotToddy
on Dec 13, 2011 -
I have a, perhaps irrational, fear that building I'm living in is going to collapse and kill me in my sleep. [more inside]
posted by zeek321
on Dec 9, 2011 -
I need to get a piece of 1" thick, 48"x24" wood cut to a simple pattern. The supplier should accept credit cards and be able to ship. Where can I email this pattern
to and have the work done? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Nov 28, 2011 -
a friend's basement flooded, and the floor needs replacing (wood on a concrete slab). she asks if porcelain tile could be laid in, considering the (remote) chance it could happen again. I think so, but wonder about the contact layer, and leveling over the slab. what would you use? would you seal the edges to prevent water getting in there (freezing/expansion)? is porcelain impervious?
posted by ebesan
on Nov 20, 2011 -
I inserted a product block into an AutoCAD drawing that I downloaded from the manufacturer's website. I moved it to the layer I want, but it won't 'take' the color of that layer. What gives? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago
on Nov 11, 2011 -
How to learn historic rehabilitation?
I'm interested in the historic home curatorship program
in Massachusetts. Essentially, you take over a home owned by the state and rehabilitate it without having to pay rent.
However, to be successful, you really need to have lots of skills related to construction and historic curatorship.
I'd like to acquire this skills, any tips on how to do it?
posted by scottschulthess
on Nov 9, 2011 -
Moving to the (north) Bay Area of California: How do I best ensure that I (and my assets) survive The Big One unharmed? Eg. What should I look for in an apartment (and why), in terms of geology, design, construction, location, building codes, corner-cutting, etc. to best handle a massive earthquake?
Expert or engineer advice would be great. (I'm more interested in how to find an earthquake-proof building and area, than in how to earthquake-proof my stuff once it's inside a building.) [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Nov 9, 2011 -
I am going to build a shed from scratch. Simple construction: plywood over wood frame. I'm wondering if there is a rule of thumb for estimating the amount of framing material you need given the surface area of a building (the walls and and roof, the roof would need more framing material though ( assuming an A-Frame))?
posted by gregg
on Sep 7, 2011 -
I am looking for a name for my new elevator consulting company. The name under consideration at this time is "elevation" with the webiste being elevation-consultants.com??
We do design of systems for new construction high rise buildings. Renovation and inspections of existing building elevator/escalator systems. Please give me your thoughts.
Please let me know your thoughts!!!
posted by McVey
on Sep 7, 2011 -
Looking into building a house near Golden/Boulder CO area. Planning on using ICF's. Looking for suggestions of almost any kind. Would like the house to be about 2000sqft. Am a teacher and worked construction for several summers (but only w/ stick built houses) a few years ago so I will have some time and rudimentary knowledge. Trying to keep the house as simple as possible to keep costs down. Simple rectangular shape and roof and trying to avoid the need to any custom building supplies. If we keep it under $300,000ish we won't need financing. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by no bueno
on Aug 10, 2011 -
My fiancee and I moved into an amazing apartment which has everything we wanted...except a bathtub. The shower is porn-worthy: 2 shower heads, a big window looking over the city, and even a fully-tiled cubby with a step up...and it's 6 feet by 5 feet. The cubby is about 3 feet by 2 feet. [more inside]
posted by bikergirl
on Jul 19, 2011 -
We got caught in an insane speed trap in a small Illinois town with a seemingly inactive construction zone. We had to post bond from the car, got a mandatory court date (400 miles away from our home of Chicago), looking at $1100+ in fees. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 11, 2011 -
We have begun building a house, we have the plans, the lot and the builder. No ground broken yet. We signed the contract with the builder. When securing the financing, we were told that the builder has several liens and they will not finance us if we use him. Based on the title search, they said no bank would give us money if he is involve. Could he win if he sues for breach of contract? Can we legally back out of this contract in light of these circumstances? [more inside]
posted by bodgy
on Jun 9, 2011 -
I'm building a house and want to document the construction with daily photographs that I could stop-motion the construction when done. Help me? [more inside]
posted by arniec
on Jun 2, 2011 -
I would like to hang a pullup bar in my basement. The best thing would be to hang it from the floor joists. Could I drill a hole in the joists to hang the bar, or do I need to use some sort of hanger? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise
on May 20, 2011 -
How was this ceiling constructed? And what are these "lines" running in it for? [more inside]
posted by ish__
on May 15, 2011 -
What responsibility does a mortgage company have for the approval they granted to a builder (before paying the builder) on a house that is now an utter disaster? [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on May 8, 2011 -
Help me design a ramp to fit over a staircase for a dog to go up and down. My parents’ dog has arthritis. My parents house has a hardwood floor staircase that she can’t go down comfortably. She slips and frequently falls down the stairs and it’s obviously painful and stressful for her to go down. I’d like to build her a ramp with some ridges (i.e. pieces of wood set up as crossbars so her feet don’t slip). Two catches inside. [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin...
on Apr 3, 2011 -
Technical question for architects / builders / roofers about attic ventilation in a southern zone. I'm renovating a house in south/central Texas (Brazos County), and I need some advice on how to properly ventilate my roof, as the original soffit/gable ventilation now seems quite messed up. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK
on Apr 2, 2011 -
Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi
on Mar 31, 2011 -