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?
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]
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?
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]
Am I required to carry workman's comp on free lance day laborers? [more inside]
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))?
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!!!
Where do I get a couple hundred wooden shipping pallets in Los Angeles? [more inside]
Should I take my issue to small claims court - or do I need a lawyer? [more inside]
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]
Why are modern/minimalist homes so expensive to build? [more inside]
I want to build a Monolithic dome home! (I think) [more inside]
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]
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]
Is this a reasonable price for tree removal? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How was this ceiling constructed? And what are these "lines" running in it for? [more inside]
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]
My car was damaged driving through a construction zone, do I have any legal recourse? [more inside]
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]
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]
Seeking advice/tips/what-to-avoid related to a home addition project (details inside). [more inside]
I am building a house...when do I sell mine? Who do I even ask? [more inside]
What material should we use as the flooring of a raised outdoor patio? The tile isn't hacking it. [more inside]
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]
I might hire an unlicensed electrician to work on my home. Is this bad? Worst case scenario? [more inside]
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]
Where can I find how-to's on recycled book walls and furniture? [more inside]
What is the ideal way to attach steel cable to an eye bolt? [more inside]
Would it be prudent to build a room addition at this juncture? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Builders and contractors: is there anything that can be done, after-the-fact, about very uneven, sloped concrete floors? [more inside]
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]
Should I go through with this house purchase? I'm worried about the noise from next door. [more inside]
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]
Where can I get frosted acrylic cubes or something similar? [more inside]
How do I (and possibly my company?) become LEED certified? [more inside]
Uneven concrete footings for a deck - can they be leveled somehow or do I need to re-dig? [more inside]
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.
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.
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.
Can I install kitchen shelves on a plaster wall that won't cause damage and can be removed when I move out? [more inside]
Gift filter: your recommendation for construction toys for the older crowd? (think lego, mechano, etc.) [more inside]
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]
What books or websites do I read to know more about the materials and craft of the world, both human and organic? [more inside]
Where can I find a black, honed countertop similar to the one in this shot that isn't made of granite? [more inside]