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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

Is my neighbor's second bathroom going to make my building crumble?

What are the risks associated with adding a second bathroom to an old apartment building not necessarily "wired" for the task? [more inside]
posted by waterbottle on Apr 6, 2007 - 11 answers

If you tech me how to build it, they will come...

I need suggestions on ways to beef up my knowledge of construction/the construction industry without going back to college and getting a CE degree? More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by uva_nupe on Apr 5, 2007 - 9 answers

MDF and PVC are nice, but do you have something more...standard?

Is there an adult equivalent of a modular construction set (Erector Set, fischertechnik, K'Nex, Tinker Toys, etc.,) suitable for building more serious projects (desks, projector enclosures, tables)? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Mar 28, 2007 - 13 answers

Polycarbonate multiwall for office partitions?

Anyone have experience using polycarbonate multiwall for office partitions? Will we create an indoor greenhouse by mistake? [more inside]
posted by mrbugsentry on Mar 15, 2007 - 8 answers

steel mill in the sky?

Let's say you want to build an extremely tall really tall building with giant metal rods supporting it. Would it be feasible to "forge" the rods in place with some sort of self-raising crane/steel mill? [more inside]
posted by delmoi on Mar 12, 2007 - 12 answers

I don't want to be Tom Hanks in the Money Pit

How to hire and work with a contractor on a remodeling project [more inside]
posted by bove on Feb 25, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I "sound proof" a bedroom window?

How do I "sound proof" a bedroom window? [more inside]
posted by rocco on Feb 6, 2007 - 19 answers

red tag?

Posit a house in Santa Cruz, Cal., where the owners have questions about building, with permit, an extension. [more inside]
posted by anadem on Jan 18, 2007 - 11 answers

Learn Masonry in Your Spare Time

I'm relatively crafty, but inexperienced and largely ignorant of building construction. What are the best tools to learn masonry, preferably stone masonry, first as a hobby but potentially as a career? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt on Jan 17, 2007 - 7 answers

Looking for Mr. Goodwrench (sort of)

Need advice on where to buy toy trucks and / or other small-sized construction vehicles that have moving parts. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Jan 16, 2007 - 7 answers

Construction Software Package

What software package is good for heavy construction that includes most aspects of the construction process? [more inside]
posted by Fairhavens on Jan 11, 2007 - 4 answers

Buy an optical level or transit/level?

Construction/Surveying: Optical level vs. transit/level. Exactly what is the difference? Level only does horizontal vs. horizontal and vertical? How much advantage (in real use) is a transit/level? If I get a Northwest 500A Standard Level and not a Northwest 500A Transit Level, will I kick myself later? I never expect to do "real surveying". TIA
posted by toucano on Jan 10, 2007 - 3 answers

Taking time-lapse video of a construction project?

How can I make a self-contained device to take a time lapse video of a construction project? Better still, how can I turn said device into a webcam? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 8, 2007 - 7 answers

The Phantom Bathroom: Is my contractor screwing me over?

I'm renovating my Manhattan apartment -- it's in a pre-war building -- and my contractor recently told me that he needed to charge $5000 extra to fix "something they found" after tearing out the drywall in my bathroom. Is this sort of thing normal, i.e., do pre-war bathrooms tend to have undiscovered problems, or am I getting screwed?
posted by waterbottle on Jan 4, 2007 - 20 answers


HOME CONTSTRUCTION FILTER:Should I build a house from the ground up or buy a fixer? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq on Dec 16, 2006 - 17 answers

How do you build a road?

Why does road construction take so long? [more inside]
posted by frykitty on Dec 15, 2006 - 16 answers

What's with the branch?

Why does a building under construction have a leafy branch tacked to the peak of the first roof joist over the building entrance? [more inside]
posted by onhazier on Dec 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Ceiling Cable Is Making Me Frustrated.

Ceiling Cable Is Making Me Frustrated. [more inside]
posted by fandango_matt on Oct 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Pros and cons of cedar shingles?

What can you tell me about cedar shingles? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Sep 18, 2006 - 7 answers

How can I fix my neighborhood's erosion problem?

What are the best ways to fix a neighborhood's erosion problems, and how do you convince builders and developers to take those steps? [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Sep 4, 2006 - 11 answers


Kitchen and bathroom remodeling. First time homeowner wanting to bring my kitchen and bathroom up to date. Never hired a contractor, nor do I have any recommendations from friends or neighbors. I own a duplex and did all of the simple work on the upstairs unit, but the lower unit that I occupy will be needing work that is out of my skill range (most likely a teardown to the studs and building up from there). I have some ideas on what I want done. I'd like to work with someone that can keep the project within what the neighborhood resale value can sustain and offer advice and refine my ideas. So how do I go about finding this person? I'm in Milwaukee.
posted by sharksandwich on Aug 16, 2006 - 7 answers

I want more control over the light coming into my bedroom

Please help me block all light through my bedroom's sliding glass doors - without damaging them, violating my community's rules, or using anything ugly or smelly. Blinds and shutters aren't opaque enough. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 27, 2006 - 20 answers

Need some wheels.

Looking for a wheel kit for my ATA case. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Jul 14, 2006 - 9 answers

Construction equiv. to a financial audit?

I've lost faith in the big dig, and I know I'm not alone. Is there a construction/engineering equivalent to a financial audit? [more inside]
posted by jwells on Jul 12, 2006 - 26 answers

How much should I worry about earthquakes in Seattle?

How much should I worry about earthquakes when looking at apartments in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by clarahamster on Jul 6, 2006 - 16 answers

Tennis, everyone?

Cost of building a tennis court? [more inside]
posted by starman on Jun 25, 2006 - 3 answers

Magic construction cranes?

How are these free standing construction cranes erected? [more inside]
posted by andywolf on Jun 21, 2006 - 8 answers

bungalow neighborhoods

What US neighborhoods are best known for interesting examples of Craftsman homes? I know about the various bay area neighborhoods - the Maybecks of the Berkeley hills, Westwood Park in SF, etc.; I'm familiar with Pasadena and its Bungalow Heaven, as well as Santa Barbara's many restored bungalows - and I'm familiar with similar neighborhoods here in Sacramento, where I live now. What I'm mainly looking for are out of the way, underrated or less-known neighborhoods with interesting historical and architectural character, specifically expressed in homes built in the Craftsman aesthetic - from the conservative late Victorian through the Prairie and Mission revival. [more inside]
posted by luriete on Jun 7, 2006 - 21 answers

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