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.
I need to locate two light fixture mountings that have been plastered over in the ceiling of my condo. [more inside]
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]
What is the best way to heat a 600 square foot concrete slab? [more inside]
Inspired by this question: How can I find an attorney specializing in home renovation contracts in the San Francisco bay area? [more inside]
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]
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?
Why do retail stores always cover up their windows when they are doing construction/ preparing their store before opening? [more inside]
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]
I want to keep a few bicycles on my patio (concrete slab): how can I keep them secure? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What do I need to know and what things should I consider before buying (and while buying) a pre-construction condo? [more inside]
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]
What are the risks associated with adding a second bathroom to an old apartment building not necessarily "wired" for the task? [more inside]
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]
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]
Anyone have experience using polycarbonate multiwall for office partitions? Will we create an indoor greenhouse by mistake? [more inside]
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]
How to hire and work with a contractor on a remodeling project [more inside]
How do I "sound proof" a bedroom window? [more inside]
Posit a house in Santa Cruz, Cal., where the owners have questions about building, with permit, an extension. [more inside]
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]
Need advice on where to buy toy trucks and / or other small-sized construction vehicles that have moving parts. [more inside]
What software package is good for heavy construction that includes most aspects of the construction process? [more inside]
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
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]
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?
HOME CONTSTRUCTION FILTER:Should I build a house from the ground up or buy a fixer? [more inside]
Why does road construction take so long? [more inside]
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]
Ceiling Cable Is Making Me Frustrated. [more inside]
What can you tell me about cedar shingles? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Looking for a wheel kit for my ATA case. [more inside]
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]
How much should I worry about earthquakes when looking at apartments in Seattle? [more inside]
Cost of building a tennis court? [more inside]
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]
I am a small builder who would like to move my operations to a resort area of Mexico to build for the impending baby boomer migration. I have been having trouble finding reasonable sources for construction loans as most developers either pre-sell their units (time consuming) or use Mexican banks, whose rates are prohibitive. Is anyone familiar with any banks that are lending $3 million dollars or more for residential developments to experienced developers? Thanks!
How can I learn as much as possible about the Spanish market for vacation homes: construction, project development, brokering sales, etc.? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good contractor / home builder in the Boston / Metrowest area? [more inside]
I want to reclaim my space and make a cat closet. [more inside]
Evaluating Home Construction: We're considering buying a home in NM, where construction is very different from here in MN. Anyone have any good sources (online or otherwise) to help home buyers evaluate quality of construction in Southwest style homes -- especially stucco homes? We're looking at pueblo/adobe style places.
How can I seal my home-made steel smoker? It's made out of a never-used oil drum, shaped like a giant flask. The problem is that the hatch, while large enough to cover the opening, doesn't form a perfect seal because of the body's curvature. Imperfect seal = imperfect smoking. What kind of material can take the medium heat of smoking, is non-toxic (no fiberglass!), and is slightly soft, to mold itself to the surface?