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House of horror

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 - 11 answers

God damned 2012 superbowl.

My car was damaged driving through a construction zone, do I have any legal recourse? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks on Apr 8, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me build a special dog ramp

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 - 25 answers

Techincal question re: soffits and attic ventilation

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 - 2 answers

Please help me not screw up this home renovation project

Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Mar 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Is it possible to move house to house?

I am building a house...when do I sell mine? Who do I even ask? [more inside]
posted by arniec on Mar 23, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me be grout-free.

What material should we use as the flooring of a raised outdoor patio? The tile isn't hacking it. [more inside]
posted by dinger on Mar 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Moisture, thou art mine enemy!

I'm going to build a camper shell for my truck and need advice on how to seal/paint it to protect it from moisture. [more inside]
posted by gregg on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Shoud I use an unlicensed electrician?

I might hire an unlicensed electrician to work on my home. Is this bad? Worst case scenario? [more inside]
posted by thisisdrew on Feb 22, 2011 - 31 answers

Constructive Help

ARCHITECTURE/URBAN DESIGN: Looking for innovative, green construction materials (think porous pavement, green walls). Catch--I need to get my hands on a few samples in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jan 25, 2011 - 11 answers

Where can I find how-to's on recycled book walls and furniture?

Where can I find how-to's on recycled book walls and furniture? [more inside]
posted by iiniisfree on Jan 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Clevis or quick link?

What is the ideal way to attach steel cable to an eye bolt? [more inside]
posted by nathan v on Jan 17, 2011 - 15 answers

Would it be prudent to build a room addition at this juncture?

Would it be prudent to build a room addition at this juncture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account on Jan 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Chinese television show?

Chinese television show - what's the name? It's about construction workers, and seems to be set in the 50's / 60's. [more inside]
posted by onceisnotenough on Jan 5, 2011 - 3 answers

Building out a basement

Dig a basement under an existing house? I have a crawlspace underneath an attached 100 year old house that I want to dig into a basement. What Do I need to do to make it happen? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza on Jan 3, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the easiest way to draw a floor plan and to get basic working drawings for a home rehab?

Architects, builders, and engineers -- what is the best software for drawing up a basic set of floor plans? What's the most cost-effective way to get a set of working drawings for a basic house rehab? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Dec 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Fixing very uneven concrete floors in existing houses?

Builders and contractors: is there anything that can be done, after-the-fact, about very uneven, sloped concrete floors? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Dec 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me turn a big, dark square into a light, airy crib.

I am moving into a large windowless room in the middle of a nice industrial loft apartment. I need help figuring out how to make it an airy, light, pleasant place to be. I would love to hear suggestions for aesthetic solutions to make it feel light and airy, as well as what you would do to the walls of this space construction-wise (windows? vents?). [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny on Nov 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Should I buy a potentially noisy house when I hate noise?

Should I go through with this house purchase? I'm worried about the noise from next door. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Nov 16, 2010 - 19 answers

(Should I/How can I) have concrete driveway repair and tuckpointing work done in cold weather?

A contractor is planning to come out this week and replace a substantial portion of my driveway. It (was and) will be a concrete driveway. The same contractor ('s father) will also be doing a substantial amount of tuckpointing. I live in Cleveland and as you know this is mid-November. Should I be concerned about the cold/snow/rain affecting the durability of their work? What should I expect them to do to adapt to the weather? Should I just try to get them to wait until Spring? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Nov 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Cubes cubes cubes

Where can I get frosted acrylic cubes or something similar? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Oct 28, 2010 - 13 answers

How do I/my company become LEED certified?

How do I (and possibly my company?) become LEED certified? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Oct 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I level concrete footings?

Uneven concrete footings for a deck - can they be leveled somehow or do I need to re-dig? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Sep 4, 2010 - 14 answers

Montalto Pavese Italy

Looking for information on Montalto Pavese, in an area called 'Oltrepò Pavese'. More specifically, the houses, the typical construction and what type of local stone. Any specs on wall construction, carpentry, etc. Are the local builders/trades still available for stonework and general construction? Less specific, any knowledge of terrain, food, local towns, tourism and the potential for a tourist/guest house/rental.
posted by ebesan on Sep 1, 2010 - 1 answer

A Range Hood Construction Question

I removed my range hood to replace it with a new one. The old range hood was duct taped to the duct which I guess carries the smoke from my cooking out the roof vent. The next day, the entire duct had fallen down onto the new stove. I pushed it up and braced it in its hole but now I need to put the new range hood on. Does anyone know how the duct work is supposed to be attached to the vent on the roof? I could duct tape it to the new hood then bolt the hood in place but that doesn't seem right. Some construction help please... Thanks.
posted by MsKim on Jul 28, 2010 - 3 answers

box building for cheap dummies

I sort of have a box addiction. I collect cardboard boxes for shipping boardgames, or that's what I tell myself, but sometimes I just collect them. I am not a meth user, but probably have a hoarding gene. So I want to make some simple wooden boxes using simple tools to rebox a few favorite games. I have a jig saw, hand saw, drill, circular saw and a few other cheap tools, like a plastic mitre box. The boxes don't have to be examples of fine wordworking, just functional and not too crude. I'm looking for resources on how to do this without dropping hundreds of dollars on antique planes or tools.
posted by mecran01 on Jul 24, 2010 - 11 answers

What's the best way to temporarily hang shelves in plaster?

Can I install kitchen shelves on a plaster wall that won't cause damage and can be removed when I move out? [more inside]
posted by breccia on Jul 15, 2010 - 15 answers

Construction gift for grown-ups?

Gift filter: your recommendation for construction toys for the older crowd? (think lego, mechano, etc.) [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Jul 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Building flats for a music video

Building flats for a music video. Please tell me how to construct (and what kind of materials to buy), to construct some flats to make some fake walls for a music video. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by cascando on Jul 7, 2010 - 2 answers

What books do I read in order to know about physical stuff?

What books or websites do I read to know more about the materials and craft of the world, both human and organic? [more inside]
posted by voronoi on Jun 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Where can I find a black honed countertop supplier (either natural or composite)

Where can I find a black, honed countertop similar to the one in this shot that isn't made of granite? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jun 13, 2010 - 19 answers

Modern vs bygone home building techniques

Have US home construction techniques improved since the 1920s? [more inside]
posted by zippy on May 23, 2010 - 33 answers

Has anyone already designed a litter box cabinet/platform for human accessibility?

Best practices for setting up an accessible litter box cabinet that's easy to maintain for an elderly or disabled person? [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Can I use heavy machinery?

How hard is a backhoe loader to operate? [more inside]
posted by wilful on May 4, 2010 - 19 answers

Buying a pole in Chicago?

Any options for buying a dance pole (stripper pole) at a brick and mortar store in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2010 - 1 answer

Unfinished garage in brand new house

New construction but unfinished garage - is this common? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Apr 22, 2010 - 10 answers

I want windowboxes without water damage

Is there a way to attach window boxes to a third story condo without creating a vector for water to get under the siding? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Apr 22, 2010 - 2 answers

How to check contractors work?

We are having a detached garage built. I already chose a contractor. How do I make sure the work being done is up to code and correct? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSimple on Apr 16, 2010 - 13 answers

Condensed outline of construction managment classes

Is there a "cliffs notes" version for construction science classes? [more inside]
posted by amery2008 on Apr 13, 2010 - 1 answer

Construction accident: real or imagined?

Construction accident: real or imagined? [more inside]
posted by grateful on Apr 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Don't kid me, I know you're a pharmacy

Why would a new CVS have to keep only the word "pharmacy" covered during construction? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Mar 30, 2010 - 18 answers

Sewing construction help needed!

I need some help figuring out construction of a vintage dress from pictures. [more inside]
posted by oneirodynia on Mar 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me build a great brewery

Building a new garage. It will include a dedicated space for brewing fabulous beer. Technical design and planning questions inside. [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper on Mar 21, 2010 - 7 answers

BUilding Code for concrete driveway

What does 2006 building code say about pouring a cement driveway? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Mar 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Construction Strategies

What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Roofers, plumbers, carpenters in Portland Oregon

I'm looking for some referrals for a few good skilled trades-people in Portland, Oregon. I just bought my first home and I want to be prepared when issues come up (as they already have), so I'd like to find Metafilter's favorite roofers, plumbers, carpenters, general contractors, etc in the PDX metro area. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on Mar 1, 2010 - 5 answers

The internet's great. Now how do I use it?

How do I use the internet to locate active construction sites? [more inside]
posted by Ys on Feb 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Books/websites on construction and remedial building techniques for use in developing countries and disaster zones?

Do you know any good books or websites on construction and remedial building techniques which might be considered 'achievable best practice' in developing countries and disaster zones, ideally using resources readily available in those areas? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals on Feb 21, 2010 - 4 answers

What was this beach construction project?

On the beach I visited in Cancun, there was a continuous construction project, and I'd like to know what they were doing/the process involved. [more inside]
posted by agregoli on Feb 17, 2010 - 7 answers

Tell me how I can hire a contractor without getting ripped off?

Tell me how I can hire a contractor without getting ripped off? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina on Feb 17, 2010 - 15 answers

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