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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

Construction budgets: Wholesale Versus Retail

How different are "wholesale" vs. "retail" construction cost estimates? Is there a reason that numbers are varying by 100%? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 26, 2010 - 13 answers

YANMSE (You Are Not My Structural Engineer)

How Can I Calculate the Load Capacity of Some Existing Storage Lofts? [more inside]
posted by Danf on Jan 22, 2010 - 7 answers

How do you write a construction contract in a situation with many unknowns?

How do you write a construction contract for a fixer-upper with many unknowns? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Cheap cheap house construction.

Free or cheap or scavenged or used building materials in the GVRD or BC. Where? How? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Jan 17, 2010 - 14 answers

Can't Find Stair Nosing

Does anyone know where I can find stair nosing similar to this:? It is for a commercial repair job. Thanks!
posted by lake59 on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

Building a space ship

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]
posted by Khazk on Jan 5, 2010 - 14 answers

Is my wall too short?

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]
posted by probablysteve on Jan 2, 2010 - 8 answers

Looking for books on building military castles (ca. Middle Ages-era)

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!
posted by noztran on Dec 2, 2009 - 9 answers

House-building idiot seeks construction guide for dumbasses.

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]
posted by bengarland on Nov 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Source for construction industry lingo?

Can anyone point me to a resource where I can learn construction industry-related lingo? [more inside]
posted by eliina on Nov 22, 2009 - 1 answer

Help me plan to build a boat

Help me think about and plan boat building. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Nov 20, 2009 - 15 answers

What Would OFFICER Gladys Kravitz Do About the Bad Neighbour?

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. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 3 answers

Cross Thread

Why do crosswords have to be symmetrical? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Nov 12, 2009 - 10 answers

Advice on building a ramada

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]
posted by TorontoSandy on Oct 11, 2009 - 3 answers

Outside Air Filter

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]
posted by ulotrichous on Oct 7, 2009 - 8 answers

seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern

Seeking books or articles on corruption in large building projects, ancient to modern. [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Sep 23, 2009 - 12 answers

Dear Alderwoman, I did not enjoy my drive through a construction site in your ward. Plz advise.

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]
posted by limeonaire on Sep 20, 2009 - 16 answers

Make Me a Model

Where can I send someone a design of a 3D object and have them put it together for me? [more inside]
posted by god particle on Sep 2, 2009 - 11 answers

If only I could bike at my desk...

Where can I pick up strenuous physical labor in DC on an occasional, volunteer, or (extremely) part-time basis? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget on Aug 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Is there a way to speed up the construction of the house next to mine?

Is there a way to speed up the construction of the house next to mine? [more inside]
posted by hellbient on Aug 13, 2009 - 5 answers

Give me a home.

How cheaply can I build a house? [more inside]
posted by Nonce on Jul 13, 2009 - 23 answers

A Sopranos question

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?
posted by punkfloyd on Jul 7, 2009 - 13 answers

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