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Galvanized Steel & Penetrol

Is Penetrol a good coating for galvanized steel? [more inside]
posted by philmas on Jan 16, 2009 - 5 answers

What are these thin wood beams in m attic?

What are these thin wood beams in m attic and why are they there? [more inside]
posted by bingwah on Jan 10, 2009 - 12 answers

I get my house back and gain a new building!

Woodworkers I need you! A dream fulfilled: We are being given a new workshop! I need help ensuring we plan correctly. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jan 1, 2009 - 15 answers

Building a wall inside...

Victorian house construction/DIY: building a wall in a shared loft (attic). 'What's this thing?' and 'Am I doing it right?' [more inside]
posted by boosh on Jan 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I lock in todays rates for a future building project?

Mortgage Expert Needed: How do I take advantage of these low low mortgage rates BEFORE I gain building approval. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Dec 22, 2008 - 3 answers

fixing hollow, too-short door

I need to cheaply sound-insulate a door that has two issues: it's hollow, and it has half-inch gaps at its top and bottom. [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Dec 5, 2008 - 14 answers

What’s the best way to build a storage room in my basement?

What’s the best way to build a storage room in my basement? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 7, 2008 - 7 answers

Rotary Dial Awesome-o Mobile Phone GO!

I have found someone who can build me a mobile phone out of a rotary dial telephone. But Sparkfun doesn't really have a one-stop shopping list. Help me decipher exactly what parts from this article i will need and also please recommend a good antenna I can use that will give me the best reception but also be cell-phone-tiny. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Sep 24, 2008 - 2 answers

I'm great with graph paper but...

Advice/tips on re-tiling a kitchen floor... [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Sep 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Full-length classic rock ready for the construction site?

A friend of mine recently went to work for a construction team. Their current music selection on their field boom box is limited to CDs of Journey's Greatest Hits, Led Zeppelin 3 and 4, and Mötley Crüe Shout at the Devil. "Tragically," they recently lost their Huey Lewis and the News Sports CD as well. We (mostly) agree that these are perfectly fine records, but there's only so much of this one can stand in a 40-hour week. I was going to help out my buddy track down some new music, but all I'm coming up with is Bob Seger, Eagles, and Steve Perry's Street Talk solo lp. What construction-and-hard-work-friendly full-length releases could be introduced to this stack of CDs to make both my friend and his co-workers happy? He works with men in their late 30s and early 40s, so nothing too outré (No Lightning Bolt or Hair Police.)
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 16, 2008 - 55 answers

Fun with a purpose?

I like the mood and health benefits of exercise, but hate the inherent pointlessness of the activity. Short of going into construction work, what are some activities or hobbies that involve physical exertion, but to some other purposeful end? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jul 24, 2008 - 48 answers

How do I stop construction workers from waking me?

Noisy Neighbors Filter: The construction at the house next door is waking me up every morning and they start before 8am. How early can residential construction in Chicago begin and what can I do to bust them if they violate that start time? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jul 21, 2008 - 15 answers

HOW IS ARCHY FORMED?

How was this made? [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim on Jun 24, 2008 - 15 answers

All we are is (saw)dust on your desk

Help me figure out just what the hell is up with our new addition, bugs, and sawdust! [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Jun 24, 2008 - 2 answers

Oldbuilders unbellyfeel Lego.

It seems to me that bricklaying would be more efficient if house bricks interlocked like Lego blocks. Why aren't they made like that?
posted by Joe in Australia on Jun 23, 2008 - 28 answers

how hard is it to install replacement windows?

I'm moderately handy. Is installing a replacement window something I can do? Or should I leave it to the pros? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jun 10, 2008 - 10 answers

Toronto the flat, condo-full Toronto!

Please help identify buildings in two photographs depicting the area around Toronto's CN Tower, in 1976 and 2008. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jun 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Comparing Construction Prices 1968 to 2008

I need to compare construction costs in 1968 to costs for a similar project in 2008. [more inside]
posted by viewmastr on May 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Moving tasks

Moving tasks [more inside]
posted by radsqd on Apr 15, 2008 - 8 answers

Blogs about remodeling?

Good blogs about house remodeling? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Apr 9, 2008 - 9 answers

Construction Blogs

Residential construction industry blogs? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Apr 3, 2008 - 0 answers

Why aren't roads made out of plastic?

Why aren't roads made out of plastic? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Mar 13, 2008 - 36 answers

I want to build a house: 1,500 sq.ft., passive solar features, $100,000 - possible?

I want to build a house: 1,500 sq.ft., passive solar/energy efficient features, $100,000 - possible? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso on Mar 7, 2008 - 25 answers

Construction site curiosity

What's the purpose of painting concrete/cement block black and what are those flaps above the windows for? [more inside]
posted by nnk on Mar 5, 2008 - 11 answers

Help me build a better cat tree.

Help me out with building a cat tree. [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump on Feb 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Need the name of a piece of equipment

Tool Filter: Can someone tell me what you call a certain tool used by land professionals? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Feb 6, 2008 - 7 answers

If my nephew had a hammer...

18 year old guy from California really wants to become a contractor. Gimme the best advice for him please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Jan 30, 2008 - 17 answers

Tripped up by tipping.

We're coming near the end of a major kitchen remodel and we'd like to show our appreciation to the foreman/carpenter by "tipping" him at the end of the job. How much? [more inside]
posted by cooker girl on Jan 25, 2008 - 18 answers

Help me help them

Construction / Contractor Filter: So a month or so back some asshat ran into my house and took out a section of wall. Help me, my insurance adjuster, and the contractor figure out what the hell this orange 1/4" tube is running through the wall. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Oct 5, 2007 - 10 answers

Contractor or Friend, Pick Your Poison

Diplomacy Filter: How can I tell my aquaintence/contractor/fellow club member that he overcharged me for some home repairs. [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Sep 29, 2007 - 16 answers

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London?

Is there anywhere to look at Pella replacement windows in or around London? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Sep 27, 2007 - 4 answers

Central vacuum?

I need recommendations for a good central vacuum system to install in my house. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 18, 2007 - 1 answer

Name for aluminum-coated styrofoam?

What do you call this popular Chinese building material? [more inside]
posted by piers on Sep 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Please help me build a set of form questions for general contractor hiring.

Hopefully next year, with the right people and the right financing, we will start building a house. Part of this is hiring a general contractor. I would like to create a sheet of questions to send/give general contractors in my area so I can judge them on that as well as the reputation I can glean from each other and from the many people I've met in this area. Please help me formulate those questions. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Sep 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Project Finance

What are the best books/online sources for one to learn project finance. Specifically financial modelling (to be used at a job in construction industry - mostly road construction). Thanks.
posted by barrakuda on Sep 1, 2007 - 2 answers

Let There Be Light!

I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Aug 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Legit I-95 Philly-Balto travel advisories sought

Can anyone give specific, reasonable predictions regarding anticipated duration of delay on I-95 (Philly to Balto.) at various times of the weekend this fall? [more inside]
posted by desuetude on Aug 17, 2007 - 12 answers

The best way to heat concrete?

What is the best way to heat a 600 square foot concrete slab? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister on Aug 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Finding a lawyer to write a home renovation contract in SF Bay Area

Inspired by this question: How can I find an attorney specializing in home renovation contracts in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks on Aug 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Good quality webcams that will run on an older laptop?

So I’ve built my Construction Cam but I’m less than happy with the quality of the Logitech Quickcam 4000 I’m using. What are my low-cost options for taking good quality outdoor pictures from an old Laptop with USB 1.1 running Ubuntu 7.4? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Aug 10, 2007 - 2 answers

Should I put my house up on poles or pilings?

I'm moving a pre-existing house onto a small lot in NW Florida. The lot is not waterfront. I'm thinking of putting the house 10' up on pilings so I'll have room to park the cars underneath, plus maybe a laundry/storage room. My questions are should I put the house up on poles or build concrete footings and block pilings? Which is best and why? Which is most cost efficient?
posted by wsg on Aug 4, 2007 - 6 answers

The secret behind the newspaper?

Why do retail stores always cover up their windows when they are doing construction/ preparing their store before opening? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Jul 10, 2007 - 11 answers

Garage renovation

Need ideas and suggestions for converting a detached two-car garage into a home office and a more efficient storage space. The garage is roughly 20' x 20' and about 70 years old, uninsulated, unvented, with a poured concrete floor. What are some features we should think about adding, and what are some possible pitfalls? Before/after photos and personal stories of renovation/conversion also sought. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Jul 3, 2007 - 13 answers

How can I secure bikes stored on a publically accessible patio?

I want to keep a few bicycles on my patio (concrete slab): how can I keep them secure? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jun 5, 2007 - 10 answers

New Building, What will they be!

There is a lot of construction going on in my neighborhood, Mar Vista, Culver City, and Los Angeles, and I was curious...How can I find out what they are building? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Jun 5, 2007 - 4 answers

CarpentryFilter: What solutions, traditional or otherwise, might I employ to fix the problem of exposed points of wood screws?

CarpentryFilter: What solutions, traditional or otherwise, might I use to fix a problem exposed points of wood screws? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on May 29, 2007 - 13 answers

Huge gaps in my construction/maintenance skillset. What's my best shot to find work?

What summer job should I get in Austin, TX with this new mixed bag of construction and maintenance skills? And how on earth do I go about getting it? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on May 24, 2007 - 2 answers

How to build a roof deck?

Anyone have a roof deck or build roof decks? I'd like to invest in one - what should I do, and what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by waterbottle on May 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Pre-construction condos - what do I need to know?

What do I need to know and what things should I consider before buying (and while buying) a pre-construction condo? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Apr 22, 2007 - 11 answers

Block off wooden porch steps for dog purposes, cheaply?

Stairs (wood) lead from backyard up to outdoor deck (wood). Dog can run up. Want to install something to keep dog in yard, with stairs remaining usable, without hiring expensive contractor. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by staggernation on Apr 10, 2007 - 16 answers

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