I need some help figuring out construction of a vintage dress from pictures. [more inside]
Building a new garage. It will include a dedicated space for brewing fabulous beer. Technical design and planning questions inside. [more inside]
What does 2006 building code say about pouring a cement driveway? [more inside]
What countries have building codes that deal with both earthquakes and hurricanes? [more inside]
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]
How do I use the internet to locate active construction sites? [more inside]
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]
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]
Tell me how I can hire a contractor without getting ripped off? [more inside]
How different are "wholesale" vs. "retail" construction cost estimates? Is there a reason that numbers are varying by 100%? [more inside]
How Can I Calculate the Load Capacity of Some Existing Storage Lofts? [more inside]
How do you write a construction contract for a fixer-upper with many unknowns? [more inside]
Free or cheap or scavenged or used building materials in the GVRD or BC. Where? How? [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find stair nosing similar to this
:? It is for a commercial repair job.
Set designers, cinematographers, hobbyists, LARP people, carpenters, welders, and geeks: I need tips and tricks for building a one-person "space shuttle" out of cheap materials. It's for an independent HD video sci-fi short, and I would like to build it myself. Budget is $600–$1500 for materials and in-store material cutting/processing. [more inside]
I am framing some non-load bearing walls in my basement. Due to a stupid mistake, I just completed an 8' section that is 1/4" to 1/2" too short. [more inside]
I am looking for resources (preferably books) on how castles were built, say, why stairs are spiralled in one direction and not the other, or what are the pros&cons of circular towers vs. octagonal ones, or the considerations for putting internal and external defence rings, the height and thickness of walls, or the differences between how the castles were built in different countries, etc.
Thanks in advance!
What is a good reference for learning to build a house? I need to get a basic grasp of things like building codes and best practices for electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing, etc. [more inside]
Can anyone point me to a resource where I can learn construction industry-related lingo? [more inside]
Help me think about and plan boat building. [more inside]
Please help me to find, and to understand Toronto's Construction and Parking By-Laws, and then how to have them enforced and upheld strictly, quickly, and legally in order to protect our rights, our property and our peace of mind.
I have been to the city's website, and have downloaded Chapter 363 Building Construction and Demolition and am trying to understand how to apply the information in it. I've Googled, and have written to the City Planner and our local Councillor's office for information and advice - but know from experience that their responses take days if not weeks and I see that we will sometimes need to immediately effect change. Jokingly mentioning to the construction workers "Please kind to your neighbours!" isn't working. I need to take Gladys Kravitzing to the next level.
Why do crosswords have to be symmetrical? [more inside]
Construction newbies would like to build a backyard ramada. We're thinking of an open structure, similar to an arbor. The plan is to use 4 4x4 posts set 8 feet apart. The roof will be a slatted top with a 1 foot overhang. Since this is termite country, I'd like to anchor the posts in a cement footing using a J-bolt. [more inside]
We want to add a wood stove to my wife's studio, currently under construction. Is outside combustion air a must or a maybe? [more inside]
Seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern. [more inside]
Engineers, construction workers, and lawyers: How can I find out what the specific site safety requirements and statutes are for an under-construction commercial urban development site? Specifically, I'm looking to find out more about site-safety requirements in the city of St. Louis, Mo. [more inside]
Where can I send someone a design of a 3D object and have them put it together for me? [more inside]
Where can I pick up strenuous physical labor in DC on an occasional, volunteer, or (extremely) part-time basis? [more inside]
Is there a way to speed up the construction of the house next to mine? [more inside]
How cheaply can I build a house? [more inside]
I was watching my old Sopranos DVDs last night and a question came up. When Tony's crew show up at a construction site and just sit around in lawn chairs eating donuts...what the the heck are they really doing and why?
So a friend of mine locked his bike to a city-provided bike post... he came back and the city (Toronto) had torn up the entire sidewalk for 2 blocks, including where he had locked his bike. The workers tossed the bikes aside, some still locked to the posts, but some of the posts broken in two thereby freeing up the bikes. His bike was gone. There was no indication from the city that they were going to do this (signs not to lock your bike, etc.). Police have been called but consider it a "stolen bike" issue... now what? Photos and more inside. [more inside]
What is the best way to design and construct a standing whiteboard? [more inside]
At the moment, if one wants to drive westward through Pennsylvania, is it a better bet to take I-80 or the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-70/76) through the state? What's the construction like on those two routes? [more inside]
What are the S-shaped objects (seen here
) I saw on houses all over Burgandy, in France? [more inside]
I was recently delighted to learn that my 3-year-old nephew shares my profound fascination with construction cranes. Can you recommend a sturdy yet functional toy crane? [more inside]
BRICKLAYING. I need to learn all about how to lay brick; the classic/historical patterns; esp. in the US.; techniques; thin mortar joints; different types of bricks. European precedents.
Why does the shower head only come up to my chest? [more inside]
Are the lowered speed limits enforced after a construction job is finished? Read on for a better explanation. [more inside]
Is there an architect or graphic designer in the house? I need line/blue print style images of windows and doors for art pieces I am designing. Please help! [more inside]
Please recommend resources for learning about home remodeling, particularly basement finishing. [more inside]
What are my options for borrowing money for home improvement? [more inside]
Have you ever cut a road into a densely wooded area? [more inside]
I want to build a dog run on a flat (well, 1% or so) modified bitumen (I think) roof. What materials should I use? [more inside]
Where can I find large-ish (500px by 500px+) images of cats with hard-hats, construction equipment, or other buildering/fix-ish things? [more inside]
Is there an 'ask metafilter' on the internet for home/yard projects? Not that I'm disputing the collective mind here, but I'm looking to build something in my backyard and it seems to me there must be some group of contractors who all get together somewhere on the internet to tell amateurs that they're doing it wrong. Of course if you KNOW how to install a yard retaining wall, then, by all means, speak up. [more inside]
When a survey map and the real world differ, where are construction setbacks measured from? [more inside]
Construction paper's beautiful bright color fades. What paper should I use instead? [more inside]
What is the difference between card stock and construction paper?
Any web searches reveal that they're of similar weight/size and are used in standard art projects, but being from non-US, they're not specific enough for me to understand what it is.
Where I live, it's all "cardboard" to us =\
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Where can I find info on house construction that favours simplicity over clever extras? Think "LEGO". [more inside]