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Building Homes or Extensions: Porch Header and support Poles, old porch, porch roof
old porch, porch roof, possible width: Hi Eugene , to span 20 feet and support a roof load will require at least a double LVL (laminated) beam each piece 13/4 x 18 ..contact your local lumber yard or truss manufacturing plant for further specs. As far as the posts go 4x4 embedded in a wall with...

Building Homes or Extensions: question, roof insulation, frost line
roof insulation, frost line, r factor: Hi dilip, out of context this is a difficult question..it can refer to building in the winter and precautions that have to be taken, i.e.protecting concrete from freezing, keeping moisture out of the shell during the framing and sheathing phases etc.. Or...

Building Homes or Extensions: Raising a mobile home, ground floor apartment, trailer dealership
ground floor apartment, trailer dealership, easy solutions: Karil, this would be possible, but not the approach I would use. If there is any way to contemplate moving the mobile home to a separate location on site, you could design and build the ground floor apartment and then have the mobile home installed over it....

Building Homes or Extensions: Resetting corner marker lot line, bruce e johnson, line string
bruce e johnson, line string, tape measure: Hi James, corner monuments establishing lot lines have to be installed by registered surveyors in order to be legal so to speak. However, depending on your lot dimensions you can pull your lot width from one existing corner using a proper tape measure if...

Building Homes or Extensions: Room extension with 3 season porch below, floor joist system, walkout basement
floor joist system, walkout basement, season porch: Hi Neva, considering the winters in your area you will need a foundation whose footing is below the frostline and designed for your local soil conditions. Normally the footing should be two feet wide and a foot thick with reinforcing steel but you will need...

Building Homes or Extensions: Slab/ water, plumbing problems, expanding foam
plumbing problems, expanding foam, concrete floor: Hi Jim your foundation should have a perimeter drain to keep the groundwater from getting under the floor to begin with. However, short of installing a new drain you can try filling the hole with non shrink grout. I wouldn t worry about the access to the...

Building Homes or Extensions: Vinyl Siding, stainless steel screw, outdoor clock
stainless steel screw, outdoor clock, missing pieces: Hi Erin, there is a channel usually required around window and door openings that the vinyl siding fits into to create a caulkable joint between the window and the siding. It sounds like this is missing. If you know the actual manufacturer you should be able...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a celing over a loft style bedroom, floor sheathing, open loft
floor sheathing, open loft, noise insulation: Hi James, this isn t too big of a deal for an average home handy man. As far as spans go, 14 can be spanned with a 2x12 joist without a center beam or you can use a 4x12 center beam and hang 2x8 joists for the 7 resulting span. You might want to make sure...

Building Homes or Extensions: Angle iron, bottom flange, bearing plate
bottom flange, bearing plate, chicago brick: Brady, I apologize but I do not feel qualified to size this. The height of brickwork is not important as masonry loads bridge quite quickly, BUT NOT YOURS - you said that you have a continuous joint at each end, so you will be carrying the entire load. It...

Building Homes or Extensions: basement egress window, basement egress windows, basement egress window
basement egress windows, basement egress window, exit website: Hi Carl, there are several companies that come to mind, some of them specialize in basement egress windows and window wells. Redi-exit, Boman-Kemp, WelLcraft all have good products.. The Redi-exit website has all the code information you need for requirements..sincerely...

Building Homes or Extensions: basement pole spacing, worst case scenario, slab thickness
worst case scenario, slab thickness, inch beam: Hi cam, you can probably make such a move without any major diverse consequences. The only downside I see is that the existing post is sitting on a thickened footing underneath the slab. By moving the post you are moving it from the center of that footing...

Building Homes or Extensions: Block and beam to pier and beam, concrete footings, cinder blocks
concrete footings, cinder blocks, pad footings: Nancy, I m not sure I understand all your question and issues. I assume that the house is situated where you want it on the property. I assume it is turned the direction that you want it to be turned. I assume that the house is set down level. It sounds...

Building Homes or Extensions: block sealer, block sealer, foundation coating
block sealer, foundation coating, paint stores: Hi Leonard, yes there are plenty of block sealers out there. Your best bet is a silicone based paint or clear sealer that can be found at most paint stores generally under their own brand name.I hope this info helps please feel free to write again regarding...

Building Homes or Extensions: Bonneville Windows, bums rush, steve hogan
bums rush, steve hogan, bonneville windows: Hi Elizabeth. I don t remember that recommendation, however most window manufacturers buy their parts from outsourced suppliers. Have you been to Lowes or Home Depot? They both carry a pretty large assortment of window parts. There may also be ore window...

Building Homes or Extensions: brick structure, concrete lintel, steel lintel
concrete lintel, steel lintel, brick veneer: Hi Carolann Yes you can install a steel support for the existing lintel. Generally speaking you over cut the opening on each side and slip a steel L angle (one flange up the other flange into the over cut and under the masonry. The size of the L angle...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building Code: Venting, grease interceptors, range hoods
grease interceptors, range hoods, vent fan: Scott, it would be quite unusual to have common venting even on one unit. This is done on commercial buildings quite often with an exhaust fan on the roof and ducting to individual uses. This cannot be done on range hoods which often require fire suppression...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building a ground level deck, termite barrier, patio slab
termite barrier, patio slab, concrete slab: Hi Sandy, you can butt the new deck addition up to the concrete pad no problem and if the deck is built properly to support its own weight then there is no need to attach the two together. Termite treatment of the new deck area shouldn t be a problem if...

Building Homes or Extensions: Cantelever insulation, pressure treated plywood, floor insulation
pressure treated plywood, floor insulation, hardi panel: Hi Michael, it wouldn t hurt. But you should at least cover this extension with either hardi panel cement board or pressure treated plywood over house wrap to enclose the bottom of your joists to keep the moisture out completely.I hope this info helps please...

Building Homes or Extensions: Deck colum, pressure treated plywood, stone veneer
pressure treated plywood, stone veneer, cement board: Hi Bret , the easiest way would be to attach a 2x8 on two opposing faces of the 4x4. The 4x4is 3 1/2 wide, the 2x8 is 1 1/2 thick x 7 1/2 wide so you will need to add a strip of 1/2 plywood on the post underneath the 2x8. So effectively you are creating...

Building Homes or Extensions: french drains, perimeter drains, french drains
perimeter drains, french drains, drainage basin: Hi William, footing or perimeter drains around basement foundations are important and necessary to not only keep water from building up and coming through your floor but they also serve to keep hydrostatic pressure from building up and pushing against your...

Building Homes or Extensions: heating for walk in closet, thermosoft, laundry area
thermosoft, laundry area, laundry facility: Melissa, there are two that I would consider. Electric grid under ceramic or other floor tile. This is very common in bathrooms, but might be quite effective in your closet. Here is some infor: http://www.thermosoft.com/ Electric base board oil-filled,...

Building Homes or Extensions: lally columns, lally columns, humidity levels
lally columns, humidity levels, moisture problem: Hi Joe, it sounds like you have a moisture problem and condensation is collecting on the columns and causing rust. Do you have a dehumidifier or air-conditioning in the basement? Perhaps your foundation walls or basement floor are seeping moisture raising...

Building Homes or Extensions: New Contruction home built on a hill, retaing wall, area engineers
retaing wall, area engineers, reinforced concrete: Hi again Jackie I wrote you a long response on Saturday and then somehow lost it in the nether world of the Internet. Anyhow, let me try this again..I am still a little up in the air over your relationship with the builder and the design of this home. Did...

Building Homes or Extensions: packed closet, david answer, wall shelves
david answer, wall shelves, support walls: Hi again David, it is a small confined space, 27 square feet. Probably good for 60 psf live and dead load combined. Your water heater full is around 500 pounds..do you think the rest of your stuff adds up to 1500 more pounds? That would be a lot of weight....

Building Homes or Extensions: Roofing Plywood, composite shingles, lumber store
composite shingles, lumber store, tongue and groove: Hi Paul, for 24 spacing I recommend 5/8 CDX plywood with H-clips. Every type of plywood is stamped with the recommended spacing, nailing, and gapping between sheets, make sure your contractor follows these guidelines. Sincerely, Bruce Johnson ..bejohnsonconsulting.co...

Building Homes or Extensions: Safety with a 2nd story half wall over stairwell, balustrade, baluster
balustrade, baluster, building code: I recommend making the existing wall higher, so your client can t access the top of the wall by standing on a chair, then install a balustrade (or stair railing) on top of the wall. Code requires that the balusters (aka spindles) be a maximum of 4 on center,...

Building Homes or Extensions: Stairs and Upstairs Floor, bedroom floors, spirit level
bedroom floors, spirit level, precise figures: Jo, if the slope was noticeable to you, it would make me want to discover why. There are many reasons. Is there a chance that the area was once an exterior porch that was enclosed? It seems as if you tell it is sloping two directions. Flexing treads might...

Building Homes or Extensions: Suspended slab, bruce e johnson, hot water system
bruce e johnson, hot water system, concrete balcony: Hi Bill, if your slab is connected to something else to keep it from moving laterally you can drill and dowel into the wall or you can remove every other brick to key in the slab to the brick. To dowel into the wall, drill 3/4 holes into the brick and insert...

Building Homes or Extensions: Weep screed on existing stucco, mud tubes, stainless screws
mud tubes, stainless screws, answer asap: Hi Nadav, it may be a pain but your stucco guy can install a weep screed. The stucco can be cut at the proper height and a modified flashing with a shorter top flange can be inserted underneath the existing stucco felt. It can then be screwed to the wall...

Building Homes or Extensions: Advice for an apt over a garage?, studio apartment, car exhaust
studio apartment, car exhaust, exhaust fan: Curt, having a room, often a bed room, over a garage is very common. There are usually not any particular steps taken to do this. My sister had a home with this arrangement and she did say that it was harder to keep that room warm as the garage was not conditioned....

Building Homes or Extensions: Advice for an apt over a garage?, garage, ventilation
garage, ventilation: Curtis, Mainly, make sure the floor between the two is airtight. You have a chance to seal the floor layer from both above and below during construction. Then you can insulate and install sheetrock on the ceiling and walls of the garage, making sure the...

Building Homes or Extensions: basement, pouring a slab, perforated pipe
pouring a slab, perforated pipe, rubber strip: Hi again Bill, the footings are poured first, then the walls then the floor in most cases however if it is a small room and you want to cut out one step you can pour the slab with monolithic footings and then do the walls. If you go this route you can get...

Building Homes or Extensions: Best place for treadmill, loft bedroom, floor loading
loft bedroom, floor loading, joists: Rose, you are well withing safe limits of floor loading. Put the treadmill where it works the best for you. The floor will be extra well supported near the railing and at the walls. It should work well out in the middle of the floor, but the joists will...

Building Homes or Extensions: Carport Installation, metal carport kit, floor beams
metal carport kit, floor beams, pressure treated lumber: Brandy, From your description I assume that you are describing a pre-fabricated metal carport kit. If this is the case, you need to contact the manufacturer for their advice on fastening the structure to concrete. There are many high-quality anchors and...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrte wall footing, laying concrete blocks, wall footing
laying concrete blocks, wall footing, block fence: Chris - To answer how deep and wide the footing should be and what type of rebar to use would depend on a few factors which I cannot answer through this forum. Footing types, sizes, depth of excavation and reinforcement requirements are largely determined...

Building Homes or Extensions: Crack in new driveway, control joints, concrete slabs
control joints, concrete slabs, concrete control: Hi again mike, there is something wrong with this picture. If this work was done recently and you are already having severe settling issues then something is amiss. For one thing the new sidewalk section should be the one settling. One would think that...

Building Homes or Extensions: elevated concrete deck, bar joists, hog wire
bar joists, hog wire, remesh: Steve, the 2 1/2 is typical. Yes, I would put fiber mesh in the mix. If you are planning to pump, make sure you work out concrete details with the pumper and the concrete company. Many pumpers use chip mix concrete with smaller aggregate. Ask them...

Building Homes or Extensions: handiap bathroo remodling, accessible bathroom, universal design
accessible bathroom, universal design, grab bars: Hello, Wally. Fortunately, there is a lot of information available to help you plan an accessible bathroom, and there are Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (like me) who can develop plans so you can get reliable estimates, obtain permits, and achieve...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulating an exposed deck on beam ceiling, timber frame insulation, wrap and strap
timber frame insulation, wrap and strap, deck-on-beam: Dear Bill, The proper way to do it is to insulate above and re-roof. Infilling between the beams is difficult, doesn t look as good as the original deck, and the insulation value is not very efficient. If you leave the beams exposed, that thermal bridging...

Building Homes or Extensions: loft conversion, floor joists, joist hangers
floor joists, joist hangers, span: Hi, Paul. 2x4 s are NOT strong enough to span that distance, even at 13 on center (330mm). You really need input from a licensed contractor or a structural engineer, to size the joists for the span and the intended use, i.e., dead load and live load....

Building Homes or Extensions: missing lally column, anchor bolt, sagging floor
anchor bolt, sagging floor, floor trap: David, there are several manufacturers of these columns. Lally is a great one - you can t buy one directly from them, but Home Depot is a distributor and most old line lumberyards will be. http://www.lallycorp.com/services.html Lowe s carries Topco...

Building Homes or Extensions: opening bearing wall, grout line, floor beams
grout line, floor beams, exterior brick: Hi again Jeff. If you are concerned about shoring there is a way..first you cut out a column of brick in the center of the opening sixteen inches wide full height of new opening and full depth of wall. Remove this column of brick and then install a 4x4 post...

Building Homes or Extensions: Protecting concrete stair treads during construction, metal stairs, tie wire
metal stairs, tie wire, close fit: Simon, a common problem during construction. If the pan stairs are open at the risers, you can use tie wire, duct tape, or similar to wrap around the stair and plywood. Another common one would be to cut the ply caps to a close fit with a 1x overhang on...

Building Homes or Extensions: removing brick bearing wall, exterior brick, brick structure
exterior brick, brick structure, brick walls: Jeff, quite a challenge. I am not a structural engineer and this is one time that I really feel one is warranted. Here are some of the issues and answers: Column support for header. The big issue here is what will the columns be pushing on and is that...

Building Homes or Extensions: soil and clay content, term banks, mid span
term banks, mid span, clay soils: Danny, Put the spread footers where the support is needed most. If the footer beneath the back beam is sinking in the middle, you should put more support there. Concrete block stemwalls don t really span anything, unlike reinforced concrete stemwalls....

Building Homes or Extensions: Spanning a Bearing Wall, plywood sheathing, load bearing wall
plywood sheathing, load bearing wall, basement ceiling: Hi Mike, I cannot really answer this question as these details are normally calculated by an engineer. A 14 span is quite long for any beam and would usually require a steel I beam. A three ply 2x12 beam seems light to me although I don t know what...

Building Homes or Extensions: stucco type products, merlex, stucco products
merlex, stucco products, moisture problems: Hi Paul, merlex and Quaker both offer waterproofing additives for stucco if that s what you are looking for. There are various synthetic stucco products out there EIFIS and Dryvit but I don t recommend either one of them after seeing how they perform in the...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition with TGI joists, rafter tails, floor joists
rafter tails, floor joists, structural engineer: Kevin, I ve not seen it done this way which does not mean it is wrong. There is no problem with the additional height between floors. I do have some concern about the hinge effect of a short pony wall. This can sure be made solid and secure with plywood...

Building Homes or Extensions: bad drywall job??, drywall job, plaster work
drywall job, plaster work, gypsum board: Hi Judy, sorry, I spent about a half hour answering this question the other night and then lost it somewhere in computer limbo.. So I had to regroup. Anyhow, a brief rundown on gypsum board finishes:level 5 is a perfect finish that is only achieved by skim...

Building Homes or Extensions: basement post removal for re-positioning., concrete footing, joseline
concrete footing, joseline, i beam: Hi Joseline, that should work just fine. You are only moving the post four feet so the existing beam is only carrying a little extra load on the longer span. As far as concrete goes in this instance at least 2500 pound mix minimum.. 3000 preferred...sincerely...

Building Homes or Extensions: Beam, column and attachment hardware - seeking advice, glulam beams, loft space
glulam beams, loft space, seismic category: Hi Gary, your best bet, unless you want to go with custom made hardware from a local welding shop, is Simpson Strong-Tie connectors. They have decorative hangers as well as purely functional connectors. You can download their catalog or have one sent to...

Building Homes or Extensions: enlarging indoor concrete slab, concrete slab, concrete section
concrete slab, concrete section, bathroom facilities: David, I don t see any reason for this slab to be ten inches, normal would be 4 inches. The big worries would be to have either slab settle. One of the best things to do would be to drill into the side of the existing with a 1/2 masonry bit about 3-5 inches...

Building Homes or Extensions: Garage conversion floor, Garage Conversion. Building Regulations for Garage conversions
Garage Conversion. Building Regulations for Garage conversions: An internal wall would work, as long as the existing slab is strong enough to aact as a foundation. If it is not then new foundations will need to be dug out - from your description, this would probably cause the existing walls to collapse. To avoid this supports...

Building Homes or Extensions: in ground vs. above ground footers, concrete pads, pressure treated wood
concrete pads, pressure treated wood, building a deck: In ground or above ground what s the difference? In ground he digs a hole, drops in a post and pours concrete around it? Eventually it will rot unless he uses a pressure treated wood that is made to be put in the ground. Above ground he buys some concrete...

Building Homes or Extensions: How to install a beam in a large hole cut through a solid brick wall, flange thickness, wood lathe
flange thickness, wood lathe, steel angles: Hi Roderick, when you were a kid did you ever pick up three blocks with one in the middle being held by pressure from the blocks on each side? As long as you had side pressure the middle block remain suspended between the two outside blocks but the second...

Building Homes or Extensions: Opening up external brick wall, two doorways, floor beams
two doorways, floor beams, roof trusses: Hi Michael , it shouldn t be too difficult to shore up this wall section since you have two doorways side by side. You can support the headers in each doorway while you remove the column with a 4x4 or two 2x4 s nailed together. However prior to removing...

Building Homes or Extensions: PVC Trim boards installation, 3m marine, sun and rain
3m marine, sun and rain, uv protectant: Thomas-As well you should be of painter s caulk.....There are many vinyl patching compounds available. Check the label for UV protectant quality. Also there is 3M Marine Adhesive/Sealant Fast Cure 4000 UV. I am not sure which colors are available. Please...

Building Homes or Extensions: skylight over a jetted tub, bathroom exhaust fan, moisture problems
bathroom exhaust fan, moisture problems, peeling paint inside skylight well: Hello, Myra. Don t beat yourself up over what you should have done differently in the past. The goal is to u solve /u your existing problem, without creating future problems. You can cover the skylight opening, but I m concerned that moisture will...

Building Homes or Extensions: Anchoring metal framing to new concrete for workshop, steel angles, vertical posts
steel angles, vertical posts, anchoring systems: Hi David, if you are proficient at welding you can weld studs to the underside of either C channel or a steel angles and install that in your concrete around the edge and weld your base frame to that..often times when this is done you can also run one down...

Building Homes or Extensions: Anchoring metal framing posts to new concretencrdet, structural engineer, anchoring systems
structural engineer, anchoring systems, metal posts: David, interesting question. How are you anchoring the bottom of the 4x4? I ll assume you re using some type of hold down anchor such as http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/AB-ABA-ABE-ABU.asp There are some interesting anchors available such...

Building Homes or Extensions: garage door header, brick veneer construction, garage door header
brick veneer construction, garage door header, gravitational pull: Hi Jim, it certainly can t hurt. Make sure your new beam has the crown up. In other words sight down the board and you will see a hump in the middle that is the crown of the board . By installing the crown up the board has more resistance to gravitational...

Building Homes or Extensions: leveling ceiling, ceiling joists, rafter
ceiling joists, rafter, rafters: Hi Jack, it s hard to say what to do with so little information provided. Is your roof hand framed rafters? Or is it manufactured trusses? If you are trying to level your ceiling is it just your ceiling joists that are out of level? Also, what are you measuring...

Building Homes or Extensions: new home construction, new home construction, rain and snow
new home construction, rain and snow, windows and doors: Daniel- I am from the NE so I know a bit about this. In perfect conditions the building process starts so there is time to weather proof before rain and snow. (Roofing installed and windows and doors installed) Even if this is achieved the building should...

Building Homes or Extensions: roof slab, term temperature, reinforcement
term temperature, reinforcement, slab: Shadd, I don t know that I have a knowledgeable answer to your question. My use of the term temperature bars would be in connection with one-way reinforcement. The structural issues are dealt with by the one way bars, the temperature bars would be perpendicular...

Building Homes or Extensions: Shed load capacity..., side span, cinder blocks
side span, cinder blocks, cinder block: Hi Rafael , if you measure how much tire tread is on the ground t ny given time you will probably find that your bearing capacity only needs to be a hundred pounds a square inch which isn t that much. I don t quite understand your description of how the...

Building Homes or Extensions: tri level duplex condo, floor weight capacity, duplex unit, glass tank
duplex unit, glass tank, fish tank: Hi again Sean, it s hard to tell from your photos what the actual span of the joists are. I looked up your 230 joists and they are capable of total loads 158-190 pounds if within an 8-10 foot span. Your aquarium totals 142 pounds per square foot if distributed...

Building Homes or Extensions: void under slab, grout pumps, chipping hammer
grout pumps, chipping hammer, self leveling underlayment: Hi Don, are you sure the 1/2 ledge at your wall is concrete? It may be a piece of 1/2 expansion joint that is covered with concrete. You may be able to cut it with a utility knife. If it is concrete then you can take a wide chisel or rent a chipping hammer...

Building Homes or Extensions: wet OSB/fiberboard, water stains, water intrusion
water stains, water intrusion, bathroom plumbing: Hi Stacey, if the wood in question is dried out and when poked with a knife or a sharp,screwdriver it doesn t appear to be rotten, you are only looking at water stains. If the leak is fixed and no more water intrusion is taking place you can cover it back...

Building Homes or Extensions: bed loft weight limit, plywood sides, plywood sheets
plywood sides, plywood sheets, span tables: Donna, this sounds interesting. I don t know that I would depend on the bookcase or the bed case as true load bearing members. I would prefer suggesting pinning your 2x4 framing to the walls. If you make the framing members from 2x6 and assume the 8-4...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete ramp, carport area, inch slope
carport area, inch slope, concrete ramp: Hi Judith, I m sorry but you have me totally confused. I m not sure what you re asking. What 4 step? Why should you need to have a 4 step? If I knew the elevation of your carport and the proposed elevation of the basketball court and how long the ramp...

Building Homes or Extensions: Electrical Wiring Under Concrete Slab, insulation vapor barrier, concrete slab
insulation vapor barrier, concrete slab, conduit size: Gary, great questions that imply you have been doing some research. Conduit is an excellent choice for many reasons. I would use electrician s gray plastic sch 40. I used to insist on EMT (metal) at least through the slab, but have had some bad experiences...

Building Homes or Extensions: Floor Strength - Home Library, concrete slab, book shelves
concrete slab, book shelves, lineal foot: Hi Tracy, I wouldn t suspect that you need to worry too much about the load of some book shelves but if you d care to share with me some information about your home construction I can comment further if there are any concerns. A 12 deep book shelf will spread...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attached Pergola, silicone caulking, pilot holes
silicone caulking, pilot holes, stucco wall: Hi William, most stud framed walls have studs spaced at 16 on center. By locating one definite stud in the wall you want to attach to you should be able to find the rest of the studs you need by measuring. Obviously the trick is finding that initial stud....

Building Homes or Extensions: Basement Posts for New Construction, concrete screw, screw top
concrete screw, screw top, simpson strong tie: Hi Brian, I m not a big fan of buried posts especially in basements. If there is moisture present you may eventually find your buried post bottom rotted away and you wouldn t even know it until it was too late. So, that being said, you have a lot of other...

Building Homes or Extensions: Blue Fusion Granite, granite, quartzite
granite, quartzite, blue: Hello, Rachelle. I could not find Blue Fusion granite in an online search, so I asked my favorite fabricator if he s had experience with it. It turns out that he was right: Blue Fusion is actually a quartzite! He had some interesting information about...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building on to a single wide Mobile Home, trussed roof, framing structure
trussed roof, framing structure, own foundation: Dear Linda, The best way to expand a mobile home is to build a trussed roof structure completely over it, supported by its own foundation. The roof structure is built exactly like a pole barn. This leaves the mobile home structurally independent. New rooms...

Building Homes or Extensions: ceiling leveling, bruce e johnson, drywall ceiling
bruce e johnson, drywall ceiling, pantry cabinet: Hi again Kurt, the easiest way to level ceilings throughout several rooms is to use a bench mark to work from. A bench mark is a common elevation transferred between rooms. One of the easiest ways to work from a bench mark is to use a laser level. Laser...

Building Homes or Extensions: extending a hip roof or the existing hip ridge board, hip roof framing, roofing materials
hip roof framing, roofing materials, supporting wall: John, Extending a hip roof is fairly straightforward. The shingles (or whatever roofing materials you have) should be stripped off to expose the sheathing and framing. Then, supporting posts/beam or a supporting wall will need to be constructed at the...

Building Homes or Extensions: moving a house, floor walls, space foundation
floor walls, space foundation, crawl space: Hi D, 100,000 to move wires? That is pretty high. 10,000 would be more like it depending on how far and how many wires you need to cross. But trying to separate the two stories? I suppose it could be done if the house is built that way, in two halves....

Building Homes or Extensions: Removing a pre-fab metal fireplace, masonry chimney, wall framing
masonry chimney, wall framing, question thanks: Hi again Tiffany , it would be a decent weekend project or a long (3day) weekend project. A day and a half to do your demolition work and another day or so to patch things up, depending on how energetic you want to be and how many people doing the work. ...

Building Homes or Extensions: Your certification, brick siding, insulation protection
brick siding, insulation protection, exterior insulation: Brandon, this is starting to sound like homework. My credentials are listed on the web site. You asked for my experience. There are many issues that must all come together to give you an answer and there is probably no one answer. Here are a bunch of professionals...

Building Homes or Extensions: Support beam, ceiling joists, joist hangers
ceiling joists, joist hangers, support beam: Hi Eileen, without actually seeing how the addition was added etc. it will be hard to give you a definite answer. However it may be possible to recess the beam up inside the ceiling joists and use joist hangers to hold the joists to the beam instead of the...

Building Homes or Extensions: suspended concrete garage floor, bar joists, wood joists
bar joists, wood joists, floor slab: Hi Jason, it sounds like your rusting decking could eventually pose a problem. You didn t mention whether you had bar joists underneath the metal decking or wood joists. Any way, keep an eye on the decking, once the galvanizing goes it won t take long...

Building Homes or Extensions: timber floor in garage, floor joists, tongue and groove
floor joists, tongue and groove, snooker table: Hi Chris, first of all, garage floors slope to the outside. This slope can be 4-8 inches. You need to determine how much slope you have so that you can level the floor up. That being said you can rip your floor joists at an angle to fit the slope of the...

Building Homes or Extensions: Unfinished basement insulation, basement insulation, fiberglass insulation
basement insulation, fiberglass insulation, foil faced insulation: Hi Linda, There are many ways to insulate a basement without foil products or drywalling. There is a commonly used wrap which is basically fiberglass insulation and vapor barrier stuck together. It just rolls out over the walls and comes in four foot wide...

Building Homes or Extensions: warped exterior walls and siding on new residential construction, new residential construction, weather change
new residential construction, weather change, waviness: Jennifer - Before considering an appropriate response I have a few questions of my own. First, what kind of siding is it? Wood, vinyl, composite, other? Second, what kind of wood is under the siding? What is between the siding and the wood beneath...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to a perimeter concrete footing House, concrete footing, new footing
concrete footing, new footing, concrete slab: Noel, Since it is rental property, you probably can t sink too much money/time into a full foundation, re-grading, etc. So your choice to go with a pier foundation is OK, as long as the local codes enforcer allows it. Since the structure will be somewhat...

Building Homes or Extensions: Banging Noise in Attic/Ceiling, bathroom exhaust fan, wind days
bathroom exhaust fan, wind days, gusty wind: Hi again PSmith, if you have ventilated aluminum soffit material that is located on the underside of your overhang it is possible to remove one of the sections on the exterior and gain access that way. It could possibly be a cut off piece of the soffit material...

Building Homes or Extensions: Beam spans for small cottage, foot span, span tables
foot span, span tables, residential loads: Hi Patrick, a rule of thumb I have pretty much lived by using nominal lumber is this..four inch beams span one foot per inch of height , in other words a 4x6 spans six feet a 4x8 eight feet etc... The same for floor joists a ten foot span for a 2x10 , An...

Building Homes or Extensions: Brick ledge, coal chute, foundation waterproofing
coal chute, foundation waterproofing, basement wall: Hi again Jess, like I said earlier, to find out what is really going on you need to dig out this area and remove that brick or tile or whatever it is that has the grooves on top of it and then repair the basement wall . Otherwise water will continue to seep...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building A Basement To Live In, cellar stairs, wind shelter
cellar stairs, wind shelter, living quarters: Mike, I have no idea what your skill levels may be as far as you performing some or all of the tasks. All underground basements are prone to potential moisture issues and you need to make sure that your psyche can deal with no windows and entry involving...

Building Homes or Extensions: Cost breakdown, minimum quality standards, project drawings
minimum quality standards, project drawings, decent profit: Pat - The answers depend on how you procured your project. Did you have 2 or more contractors submit a lump sum (fixed) price bid to do the work in strict accordance with a set of detailed prepared drawings outlining all of the details and requirements...

Building Homes or Extensions: crawlspace conversion, pe engineer, work proceeding
pe engineer, work proceeding, foot access: Hi again John, going up or down each has it s own unique problems associated with it. To add an additional story you need to make sure your existing foundation is capable of supporting the added weight. But yes it would probably involve a lot less headaches...

Building Homes or Extensions: Deck over patio slab, patio slab, patio slabs
patio slab, patio slabs, free standing deck: Hi Stacy, I ve built many a deck on top of concrete patio slabs. They make a great base to attach to provided they aren t crumbling apart. But as far as building some sort of roof system on top of them? That s a different story. A roof would need more...

Building Homes or Extensions: Leaking suspended slab, cement hydration, cement mix
cement hydration, cement mix, cement ratio: George, was the steel really hot from sun and heat. The hot steel can create shrinkage cracking. This normally appears on the top. Again, I wonder and worry abut pulling the form work out from under the slab. How old was the concrete when you pulled out...

Building Homes or Extensions: Removing a Load Bearing Wall, standard construction detail, removing a load bearing wall
standard construction detail, removing a load bearing wall, load bearing wall: Jimmy - Not sure if I fully understand your situation, but I will respond based on my interpretation. Your first suggested method I would avoid. This would only transfer the load of supporting the ceiling from the wall you are removing to the existing...

Building Homes or Extensions: Removing Roof Trusses and Adding Floor Joists and Rafters or Trusses, floor joists, roof trusses
floor joists, roof trusses, knee walls: Dear Ernie, I have opened up truss spaces before by taking out the webbing pieces and replacing them with knee walls, saddle beams, plywood gussets, scissor trusses, and things like that. I have also been able to replace the diagonal members with vertical...

Building Homes or Extensions: replacing small porch with a much larger one, concrete rubble, old porch
concrete rubble, old porch, new porch: Hi James, if you are talking about broken up concrete? Yes you can use it for fill as far as I m concerned as long as the ground underneath is compacted properly. Then you can stack the rubble. If you are putting sand or other acceptable fill material on...

Building Homes or Extensions: Roofs, eave vents, vent area
eave vents, vent area, attic ventilation: Hi Cindy, composite or plywood really doesn t matter. By composite I imagine you are talking about OSB which is a good product in its own right But plywood is specified by just as many architects. As far as roof venting goes, the top of roof vents square...

Building Homes or Extensions: Water leak from Washer, front loading washer, bleach solution
front loading washer, bleach solution, water restoration: Hi David, drywall is the easiest material to replace and fix. You are better off opening up the ceiling below the leaks and airing them out, fixing the leaks, spraying on a bleach solution, letting that dry and then spraying on a mildew and mold prevention...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a room under our deck, pvc membranes, pvc membrane
pvc membranes, pvc membrane, cold climates: Hmm... BCIs? What are these. We maybe have another term for what you are referring. Yes you will need to install a continuous fascia/soffit and than a continuous vent at the top side of your new roof system. This might prove to be difficult since it is a roof...

Building Homes or Extensions: CHOOSING A CRAWLSPACE, black visqueen, gravel floor
black visqueen, gravel floor, floor insulation: Hi mike, afew basic rules for crawlspace foundation. First there should be two feet minimum from the ground to bottom of floor joist. There should be a moisture barrier of black visqueen on the ground to help keep moisture in the ground and the black to...

Building Homes or Extensions: concrete beam to support floor, concrete beam, rebar
concrete beam, rebar, concrete deck: John, this is special proprietary construction. If there is a code authority involved, they will demand engineering prints for what you propose. Your question(s) will need to be answered by the Quad-deck folks. There is no way I could design the beams involved...

Building Homes or Extensions: Covered Porch Extension, rear fences, cedar fencing
rear fences, cedar fencing, drip edge: Tana, Your project sounds very cool. I am very familiar with the kind of environment you describe, since I grew up in Willcox and Silver City. The design you are considering could get pretty wet during the storms, and you should consider a really good...

Building Homes or Extensions: Hello, mold remediation, mold problems
mold remediation, mold problems, house teardown: Hello, Quentin. Mold is a serious problem, and can create serious health issues. You are wise to tear down the existing house and replace it. Building a new home will give you opportunities for a more energy-efficient green home with a lower carbon footprint,...

Building Homes or Extensions: inserting rsj, moment frame, structural engineer
moment frame, structural engineer, supporting wall: Ben, there are several issues that are involved. Issue 1. Is the column or structure that is carrying the lintel sufficiently strong to carry both loads? This requires a full load path including the footing. Issue 2. This sounds like you are in some...

Building Homes or Extensions: leaky addition, floor elevation, water intrusion
floor elevation, water intrusion, concrete slab: Hi Jennifer, without seeing the actual site and how the house sits on it I can only guess at what is causing the water intrusion. Poor drainage around the garage could be the culprit. If water doesn t drain away from the building during heavy rains it can...

Building Homes or Extensions: Opening up a wall, load bearing wall, ceiling joists
load bearing wall, ceiling joists, structural engineer: Valerie, you need a header no matter what if you are leaving any of the existing wall above the opening. A much bigger issue is whether the existing wall was carrying a load - commonly called a load bearing wall. Not all walls are load bearing, but many...

Building Homes or Extensions: Question about the wall on my neighbors addition., cinder block, articles of incorporation
cinder block, articles of incorporation, maintenance issue: Hi David, this is probably more a question for your homeowners association or whatever articles are related to the buildings joint tenancy and common areas. As a previous HOA president, I know that any building and additions are required to be approved by...

Building Homes or Extensions: Re-piering, brick piers, steel piers
brick piers, steel piers, concrete piers: Hi Jacquelyn, either type of pier is acceptable as well as pressure treated wood posts. As far as the galvanized posts? They will last a long long time before even showing signs of rust if they ever show rust at all in this environment. Sincerely Bruce Johnson...

Building Homes or Extensions: Recessed lights, plywood metal, hanging drywall
plywood metal, hanging drywall, square holes: Hi Bob, I use a regular drywall hand saw most of the time and cut the hole prior to hanging drywall , however I do have a handy little attachment for my zip saw (spiral saw) that allows me to cut a perfect circle in drywall as well. If I am faced with cutting...

Building Homes or Extensions: Recessed lights, roto zip tool, metal plates
roto zip tool, metal plates, drill bit: Hi Bob, I prefer to use the metal plates you nail up before drywall. That way you can position the lights properly and run the wires. There is a Roto Zip tool for cutting the holes and plugs. Like a drill bit but cuts sideways. You just run it around the...

Building Homes or Extensions: Recessed lights, metal edge, drywall
metal edge, drywall, sry: Hey Bob-Sry for the delay I have been away for a few days. So either way works. If you are careful on layout you cut the holes while the sheet is still on the ground. The other way is with a drywall cutting router that follows the metal edge of the recessed...

Building Homes or Extensions: Recessed lights, mud work, drywall contractors
mud work, drywall contractors, circle cutter: Bob - You can do either. You can cut them by hand using a drywall saw or a drywall circle cutter after carefully laying out their centerpoints on the sheetrock before hanging the rock, -or- as many drywall contractors do these days, you can hang...

Building Homes or Extensions: Step cracks under window, brick veneer, tree root systems, path of least resistance
tree root systems, path of least resistance, drywall plaster: Hi Susan, it sounds like your house might be experiencing some minor settling or expansion issues. At this point in time I would use some flexible mortar caulking to seal up the cracks and then see what happens over time. A masonry contractor could take...

Building Homes or Extensions: Bulging Wall Problem, floor joist, drought conditions
floor joist, drought conditions, home renovation: Hi Steve, that is strange. Normally a framed wall sits in top of the floor system and the bottom plate of the wall is nailed into the floor joist or perimeter beam through the floor decking. In order for the exterior wall to bow out would be that this particular...

Building Homes or Extensions: Constructing a Log Home with some modern features., mitered corner, glass room
mitered corner, glass room, mountain lodges: Hi Colin, the corner post should probably be timber as well to keep with the look of the rest of the house. As far as window sizes go you will need to be building with some fairly large header timbers to span an 18 opening, 16-18 in diameter. As far as...

Building Homes or Extensions: Gas cook top, double ovens, burn proof
double ovens, burn proof, stove heat: Ginger, I am not aware of any code issues about cabinet work other than walking clearances, venting issues, etc. Common sense typically prevails, but apparently not in your circumstance. Someone would have to have been given and signed off on a shop drawing...

Building Homes or Extensions: Headers, lumber species, rules of thumb
lumber species, rules of thumb, rule of thumb: Hi Thomas, There are a lot of rules of thumb in the construction business. Which one are you referring to? Header design is an exact process, based on loads, span, lumber species, and grade. Let me know more detail and I ll try to assist. Steve...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulation, air gap, hardware cloth
air gap, hardware cloth, chicken wire: Bob, you can make covers from drywall or metal. YOu can use chicken wire or hardware cloth to make a hoop around the light. If the joists are tall enough you can tack the cover a bit like this: http://specialtycomfort.com/newsletters/april_10.html There...

Building Homes or Extensions: Martensville New Home Mold Issue, wood stud walls, water drainage system
wood stud walls, water drainage system, acrylic stucco: Hi Regan I am not sure where your water is coming from, however, to answer the questions: Typar is not usually double wrapped. All joints are taped. Water drainage is normally required wether necessary or not. Typar is also not designed to be...

Building Homes or Extensions: plaster ceiling damage, plaster ceilings, bruce e johnson
plaster ceilings, bruce e johnson, lath hi: Hi Pat, the elastomeric resurfacing works great if the damage is cracking and minor spalling as the fiberglass mesh and coating are flexible and the cracking has less of a chance to come back through the plaster. If the damage involves large chunks and the...

Building Homes or Extensions: raising a foundation, foundation wall, new foundation
foundation wall, new foundation, moving company: Hi Harry, prices will vary based on location and accessibility along with how the house is built etc. I would venture a guess that to have a house moving company come in and lift it up could cost around 5000 dollars..120 feet of foundation wall 4feet tall...

Building Homes or Extensions: Recessed lights, recessed light cans
recessed light cans: Bob, For recessed light cans that are not air tight, you should try to seal them in such a way that they cannot overheat. Those cans are designed to get rid of excess heat through air movement. Contractors will just replace the cans with rated cans. ...

Building Homes or Extensions: Recessed Lights, incandescent bulb, safety features
incandescent bulb, safety features, new construction: Use IC rated lights and just cover them with insulation. With some newer fixtures and especially newer cool bulbs (fluorescent), the heat generated is negligible. But in the future, if someone uses a hot incandescent bulb, you ll be covered by the safety...

Building Homes or Extensions: reduce window opening, masonry mortar, mortar joints
masonry mortar, mortar joints, cinder block: Hi rich, if your exterior is exposed or painted masonry then you need to fill in the hole with masonry. This isn t that difficult. You can get a six inch high cinder block to raise the sill height and then fill in the sides with cut block. Block ties tap...

Building Homes or Extensions: removing load bearing cinder block walls, cinder block walls, renos
cinder block walls, renos, second floors: Hi Amy, properly sized LVLS should support a second floor or roof system no problem. The L shape will need a post or some sort of column in the corner if I am seeing it correctly. I hope this info helps, feel free to write again regarding this or other...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to home in Oklahoma City, rebarb, footing reinforcement
rebarb, footing reinforcement, frost depth: Jdacqueline, I sure do hate it when stuff like this happens. You do have some problems. Minimum below grade depth for footings here is 18 for frost depth, it sounds like you do not have it. Footing reinforcement is 2 #5 bars horizontal with all corner...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete cover, raft slab, raft foundations
raft slab, raft foundations, concrete footings: Hello again Atta, your coverage for the top steel to the top of the concrete can vary based on the engineer requirements. A raft slab with temperature steel close to the surface can have as little as 25mm coverage..if the raft slab has bottom steel only...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete footings., concrete footings, linear ft
concrete footings, linear ft, hot weather: Hi Curt, You can pour concrete in hot weather - it just sets up quicker which on a footing won t be a problem. I wouldn t cover it unless you re expecting heavy rain. Just level out your footings as you go and V the top before it sets up too much...

Building Homes or Extensions: lally columns, base plate
Building Homes or Extensions: lally columns, base plate

Building Homes or Extensions: Iime mortar for laying tiles, laying floor tile, commercial grout
laying floor tile, commercial grout, lime mortar: Michel, IF this is your first attempt at laying floor tile, I would certainly use a commercial thin set adhesive and a commercial grout once the tile is set rather than making your own mortar. The cost is not high. There are many standard brands readily...

Building Homes or Extensions: lally columns, cement footings, lally columns
cement footings, lally columns, steel posts: Hi Pat, it could be dangerous if the post is totally rotted through around it s perimeter. This is common with steel posts being embedded in concrete below grade. Any condensation or ground water will attack that post at its weakest point which unfortunately...

Building Homes or Extensions: New metal roof on my 2006 Manufactured Home?, coastal hurricane, interior ceilings
coastal hurricane, interior ceilings, shingle roof: Hi again Gary, no. That wafer board won t provide enough uplift. At least not enough for what you want to accomplish. Having the 2x2 top chord helps. Self drilling screws or predrilling holes will keep the splitting to a minimum. Kiln dried 2x4s will also...

Building Homes or Extensions: Remove partial wall for open floor plan, stud wall, hi art
stud wall, hi art, plan question: Hi again art, if you think the joists break over the top of the wall then it probably wouldn t hurt to shore up both sides as long as you leave yourself room to work. and as stated previously try to have as much of the prep work done in advance to keep the...

Building Homes or Extensions: Shaking floors/footfalls & ability to hear tenants above me, floor joist span, moving chairs
floor joist span, moving chairs, drain holes: Karen, It sounds like your building has not been constructed with adequate multi-family soundproofing. Your floor joist span appears to be under-designed as well. And on top of that, the siding/windows were not installed properly. The ovearll construction...

Building Homes or Extensions: slab home construction, richmond american homes, dumb questions
richmond american homes, dumb questions, tony brown: Hi Tony-Well as luck will have it the building dept. is on your side. If this home is being built now than they will build to minimal spec. per Building Code in your area. Even at minimal spec. the engineering and construction is usually over done. However,...

Building Homes or Extensions: support required for 14' span, knee braces, continuous beam
knee braces, continuous beam, knee brace: Hi again Barbara, the angle would be 45degrees ..and to reduce the span by three feet on each side your knee brace would be four feet three inches long..I would feel better about this if you could add another 2x6 on one side of the beam as well..if possible...

Building Homes or Extensions: suspended concrete slab, psi concrete, concrete slab
psi concrete, concrete slab, bearing wall: John, the numbers sound reasonable to me. I am NOT an SE (structural engineer). If these walls are buried, I suspect that your SE may require 12 CMU and add a horizontal trough block at 4 and 8 . The 12 walls may be required for the horizontal hydrostatic...

Building Homes or Extensions: Vapor Barrier for Deck with a Sunroom, pressure treated plywood, carpet pad
pressure treated plywood, carpet pad, glass screens: Hi Kevin, first of all I would use pressure treated plywood or a minimum 1/4 hardi board cementious underlayment and in lieu of plastic I recommend either a felt paper or house wrap such as typar between the layers and then install a black 10mil visqueen...

Building Homes or Extensions: Water under the Baseboard, foundation leaks, waterproofing contractor
foundation leaks, waterproofing contractor, downstairs bedroom: Hi Patricia, you either have a plumbing leak or a foundation leak if the downstairs is a basement. Foundation leaks can be caused by cracking in the foundation wall, improper waterproofing on the exterior of the wall, a clogged foundation drain or any combination...

Building Homes or Extensions: Additions to home, building an addition, bedroom office
building an addition, bedroom office, free house: Michael- Well the temptation is great to get a free house is it not? I have done several of these types of projects and it sometimes proves to be worth it. It will all come down to cost estimates you get in your area for both approaches. The hidden fees...

Building Homes or Extensions: Basement addition, concrete cutter, moving dolly
concrete cutter, moving dolly, horizontal cuts: Hi Brian, call a different concrete cutter. Most concrete cutting services will cut and remove the concrete for you. It costs a little more but when you consider how much time you will spend knocking out the hole and then disposing of it, your money is better...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building a detached patio cover, brick paver patio, framing material
brick paver patio, framing material, aluminum frame: Hi Martha, sure you can build it out of aluminum ..in fact Home Depot and Lowes both carry a good selection of aluminum for this purpose. Your biggest problem will come from it being free standing. Especially in Florida where you can get some heavy winds...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building a pergola as a "carport", wrought iron fence, wrought iron gate
wrought iron fence, wrought iron gate, building a pergola: Hi Stephanie, I suppose it can be done..I have seen carports put in front of garages so why not a pergola? My neighbors barbeque in front of their garage all the time so it s not unheard of. You lost me on the iron gate scenario. But as long as you know...

Building Homes or Extensions: building a subfloor on concrete, building a subfloor, drainage issues
building a subfloor, drainage issues, visqueen: Hi Dana, the key is stopping the moisture from penetrating the concrete from below and from seeping in from the sidewalls. First of all you need to have positive drainage outside so that water isn t laying against your outside walls. Then you need to make...

Building Homes or Extensions: ceiling re configuration, roof rafters, ceiling joists
roof rafters, ceiling joists, installing drywall: Hi dale, without seeing how your roof system is actually framed it is difficult for me to comment properly. If your ceiling is individually framed separately from the roof rafters it might be as simple as removing the ceiling joists and installing drywall...

Building Homes or Extensions: Cement Lally Columns, main beam, hot fire
main beam, hot fire, basement floor: Tom, it is amazing to see what a hot fire does to steel bar joists, etc. They get very spaghetti like. If the fire gets hot enough to make that steel adjustable column let go, I suspect the rest of the house will not be very much worth saving. I would...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete/waterproofing, ground water conditions, simpson strongtie
ground water conditions, simpson strongtie, bruce e johnson: Hi Laura, there could be something to that..but if it continues after the curing process is over then you ll need to call them back. Did they put down a layer of visqueen under the new concrete? That should have been required as well. Generally speaking...

Building Homes or Extensions: Extending a load bearing beam, load beam, gable wall
load beam, gable wall, gable roof: Well if I am reading this correctly the only way to extend a load bearing beam is to replace it. There needs to be columns at at least 2 points on a load beam. Sounds like you are trying to gain some room? Now depending on the situation you could place a beam...

Building Homes or Extensions: Cement Lally Columns, lally column, footing
Building Homes or Extensions: Cement Lally Columns, lally column, footing, fire protection

Building Homes or Extensions: founations, floating slab, authority having jurisdiction
floating slab, authority having jurisdiction, raise buildings: David, if the space created is part of the home it needs a full perimeter foundation. As an example, a patio can be a floating slab. If the same patio is closed in and made part of the occupied space, it has to have a full perimeter foundation. Your local...

Building Homes or Extensions: Furnace in the ceiling, professional attention, pull down ladder
professional attention, pull down ladder, sealants: Tony, this arrangement is not unusual. All of this equipment needs service, inspection, sometimes repair, etc. A unit at ground level in a closet or garage is a bit more accessible for routine items, but they are usually crammed into a very small space so...

Building Homes or Extensions: Home Addition, bruce e johnson, home walls
bruce e johnson, home walls, box beam: Hi Garret, sure you can with the proper design. The best design would probably include some additional support on the outside to help carry some of the additional load. This can be accomplished with some posts and beams. Then you can span from one side...

Building Homes or Extensions: how much do I need to get?, upstairs loft, loft space
upstairs loft, loft space, sproject: Hi Sam, you are talking about 72 of footing which should be 24 wide and a foot thick so that is 144 cubic feet of concrete or 5.33 cubic yards. If your foundation wall is concrete it too is 72 x 5 x 8 thick or 240 cubic feet or 9 cubic yards. Your slab...

Building Homes or Extensions: New Foundation Cracks, concrete cracks, foundation cracks
concrete cracks, foundation cracks, fiber mesh: Hi Mark, concrete cracks. That is the nature of the beast. We can try to control the cracks using construction joints and expansion joints but it is going to crack at the points of least resistance. These points can be a corner, an adjoining joint or some...

Building Homes or Extensions: patio pavilion follow up question, simpson strongtie, rafter ties
simpson strongtie, rafter ties, concrete slab: Hi again Mike, you should be able to cantilever the 4x12 beam 2 without any added support however I would put a knee brace on that side as well The post cap will change , you will need a T shaped post cap to allow the beam to run over the post. And then...

Building Homes or Extensions: Preventing bricks from falling on me, brick veneer, cinder blocks
brick veneer, cinder blocks, cement blocks: Harry, of course it can be done. The question just becomes what can be afforded. Without seeing all the issues you need to get some hands on advice. A good brick contractor, a good general contractor/builder, or a structural engineer would all be able...

Building Homes or Extensions: Replacement of house support beam, bruce e johnson, steel angles
bruce e johnson, steel angles, inch diameter: Hi John, of course you can split the beam up and go column to column. You can weld a plate to hold them together, you can use a plate to bolt them together through the web or you can attach them to the column top plate. All methods are acceptable. Feel,free...

Building Homes or Extensions: Student seeking advice for building a small promotional home, low income families, aluminum frame
low income families, aluminum frame, wood structure: Lowry, This sounds like an interesting project. I don t have any particular details for you, but I will try to give you some ideas. To be strong enough to travel and rigid enough to withstand wind, I think you will be looking at a steel or aluminum...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a Master suite and den, wood siding, copper lines
wood siding, copper lines, ac unit: Hi Dave, I m not a big fan of hallways, to me they are just a waste of floor space. But sometimes they are necessary to provide access to you rooms. Before I can answer your questions properly I need a little more information. First of all how wide is the...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building a mud room extension, shale bed, mud room
shale bed, mud room, frost depth: Paul, I realize this may not be in a code inspection area, but the same rules apply. Code would require a full perimeter foundation and this would probably be better for your uses anyway as the foundation would keep the room warmer/cooler. Bearing pads and...

Building Homes or Extensions: Front entrance, front entrance, dining room
front entrance, dining room, living room: Hi Peggy- Well as long as the header opening for the window and door are the same width than It is not very much work at all. I would need to know square footages to begin to tell you any real costs. But I believe you should be able to do it for under $3000....

Building Homes or Extensions: Flashing, aluminum siding, new shingles
aluminum siding, new shingles, foot piece: Hi Jenn, you are right. Not only should the flashing go under the old siding it should go under the wall felt paper as well. It should then go under the roofing as well and that lap should be covered with mastic under the flashing and over the flashing befor...

Building Homes or Extensions: floor buckling, cinder blocks, heavy weights
cinder blocks, heavy weights, galveston texas: Hi Anna, it s possible that when you enclosed the crawl space under the house that you cut off the ventilation under the house and moisture is building up underneath the home causing the wood to expand and subsequently begin to buckle. You may need to install...

Building Homes or Extensions: foundation, bruce e johnson, hard wood floors
bruce e johnson, hard wood floors, israeli expert: Hello itamar, if I understand correctly your double t rails are one meter apart and your 5cmx10cm joists span one meter as they crossover these rails? Then yes, this sounds like an acceptable floor system. Using the inch/foot measuring system the rule of...

Building Homes or Extensions: French Drain, sump basin, perforated pipe
sump basin, perforated pipe, foundation problems: Hi again Le, don t over think this too much. The bottom of your leech pipe should be no lower than the bottom of your footing. At that elevation your soil will always retain some moisture unless you are in a drought and there is no moisture in which case...

Building Homes or Extensions: indented concrete foundation and flushing stone siding, water sealant, middlefield ct
water sealant, middlefield ct, scratch coat: Shari, Durock would be great for what you are doing. I though you were a critcal water condition. The Durock is not hurt by water, I was just pointing out that it is not water proof and was suggesting the parge coat to increase the impervious factor. Truck...

Building Homes or Extensions: Joining new Ext wall to Ext existing wall, bruce e johnson, roof trusses
bruce e johnson, roof trusses, gable wall: Hi again Greg, yes, as long as your foundation is well built tying the walls together isn t difficult. Having your roof lower might actually help a bit especially is you use trusses, this way you can tie your drop down truss to the wall corners as well..be...

Building Homes or Extensions: New Garage, ledger board, truss company
ledger board, truss company, building a garage: Hi Dave, I m having a hard time picturing how your roof is going to sit. The hip girders front and back? Or is there one hip girder on the left side? It doesn t seem like much will actually sitting on the 4 corner of the house. So I m going to say that...

Building Homes or Extensions: pergola posts (structural integrity), building a pergola, structural safety
building a pergola, structural safety, question thanks: Hi again Brent, 6x6.should be ok if it s attached properly. Not sure why your dad thinks its unsafe. As long as it doesn t fall down it should be as safe as anything else. What size 2xs you use will make a difference ..for a pergola 2x8 should be minimum...

Building Homes or Extensions: Placing deck over concrete patio, deck level, concrete patio
deck level, concrete patio, joists: Dave, it would be fairly simple to run joists perpendicular to the house. These joists can be custom tapered to level out the deck. You can install a short block of 2by material in the flat along side some of the joists that is tapconed to the patio and...

Building Homes or Extensions: Plot Measurement, typical math, triangle areas
typical math, triangle areas, math test: Zakir, there is no simple answer to your question. It sounds like a typical math test. YOu need to draw a sketch of the problem. To do so you will need an aerial photo or find some of the angles involved. A surveyor s description will have these angles....

Building Homes or Extensions: Plot Measurement, square footage, quick response
square footage, quick response, four corners: Hello, Zakir. I have calculated the square footage, as you requested. The total area measures 2,329 square feet. Please see the diagram that I ve attached, to verify that all of the individual dimensions are correct. Hope this helps you. Regards,...

Building Homes or Extensions: Porch Cover, log posts, rafters
log posts, rafters, rafter: Well honestly Matt you should consult an engineer. There are several things that play into the loads and I would be careful to make sure it won t fail. If you just want to wing it than make sure you use a gluelam beam that is as big as you can get in there....

Building Homes or Extensions: Problems with New Home, latex additives, cracked tile
latex additives, cracked tile, expansion joints: Hi Debbie, I am sorry to hear that these problems are more pronounced than your friend s letter intimated. I am not an attorney but it sounds to me like you have legal recourse depending on your contract with the builder. Sometimes construction documents...

Building Homes or Extensions: Reinforcing timber roof trusses, timber roof trusses, bruce e johnson
timber roof trusses, bruce e johnson, interior angles: Hi Eric, if your trusses contain vertical steel bolts you can change out the bolt size to a larger diameter and as you suggested add a C-channel or angle at the top or bottom or both. Depending on the attachment of the wood members you can dado out slots...

Building Homes or Extensions: renovating a bathroom in a post tension slab home, post tension cables, post tension slabs
post tension cables, post tension slabs, post tension slab: Angel, working around post tension strands requires a bit more care, but is not rocket science. YOu don t want to damage a tendon if possible, but the loss of one tendon would not typically cause serious harm to the structure. Cables can be repaired. Many...

Building Homes or Extensions: supporting cripples trusses, floor trusses, vertical support
floor trusses, vertical support, i beam: Mark- As long as these trusses are secondary support of themselves and not primary support for anything above, than yes- a header will work. I would check with an engineer for the sizing of the new support header. Attaching to the other trusses is not a great...

Building Homes or Extensions: Wall removal, free span, bearing wall
free span, bearing wall, interior wall: Hi Ryan, it appears to me that your trusses free span from outside wall to outside wall and there should be no issues removing the wall you want to remove. At one time it was common practice to nail trusses to the tops of walls to hold the wall in place....

Building Homes or Extensions: Weep Holes French Drain Basement, bruce e johnson, cinder block
bruce e johnson, cinder block, cotton rope: Yes Le, it is a tough job installing a footing drain after the fact. You best bet would be to hire someone with a backhoe to dig your outside and give you a hand with the drain pipe and the rock. Back in my youth, With the proper equipment and a little help...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attaching new stem wall to concrete slab, concrete anchor bolts, center max
concrete anchor bolts, center max, floor slab: Hi again Larry, okay then yes drill and epoxy your dowels 4-6 embedment, #4 minimum, #5 preferred, probably 32 on center max 24 oc preferred. With a t least two #5 horizontals .. Sincerely Bruce Johnson..ps..concrete alone won t stop water from seeping...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building a cottage, concrete piers, dimension lumber
concrete piers, dimension lumber, gravity forces: Rob, this needs more information and the only answer that an inspector will accept needs to have an engineering stamp. The big issues will be bearing capacity of soil type, diameter of piers, attachment method between concrete/lumber/house. There will...

Building Homes or Extensions: Any code restrictions on exterior door locations, structural framing, shear wall
structural framing, shear wall, new corner doorway: Hello, Bruce. The only restrictions I know of are structural. Corners are load-bearing, especially if there s a second floor above. The International Building Code has specific requirements for what they call shear wall stabilization. There are ways to...

Building Homes or Extensions: deck addition, cookie cutter designs, second floor apartment
cookie cutter designs, second floor apartment, deck addition: Sandy- There are no cookie cutter designs for this project. Because of the existing structure a design must be created and the engineered. Does the building owner know of your plans? Perhaps you are the owner...... Please feel free to contact me for any reason....

Building Homes or Extensions: eco, Eco Red Shield, fire retardant
Eco Red Shield, fire retardant, wood protection: Thank you Gelsomina! Your question introduced me to a new product. After research and reading more about the Eco Red Shield, I think the builder is very wise to recommend it, everything being equal. The product is primarily a fire retardant, but it also...

Building Homes or Extensions: free standing pergola, knee braces, pergola designs
knee braces, pergola designs, purlins: Hi Tom, when you say 16x20 is that the footprint of the top purlins or the spacing of your posts? Normally most pergolas have a 24 overhang on each side so if your roof size is 16x20 and your post layout is 12x16 at the outside corners ..without an intermediate...

Building Homes or Extensions: 2nd & 1st floor dip and sag, plumbing pipes, selective demolition
plumbing pipes, selective demolition, demolition work: Hi again Joanne, I wouldn t involve a structural engineer unless something out of the ordinary is discovered that needs to be re engineered. That would probably be like a sinkhole or some other foundation problem. But nothing was mentioned about the basement...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition to home, brick veneer, post frame construction
brick veneer, post frame construction, masonry block: Hi Lorrie, frame or masonry can be used for your addition. Is your home made of all brick? Or is it masonry block with a brick exterior? Or is it frame with a brick veneer? If it is all brick as in a double wythe (two bricks thick) or triple wythe (3 bricks...

Building Homes or Extensions: bow tie rafters, timber trusses, roof rafters
timber trusses, roof rafters, lodge poles: Hi Troy, depending on what exactly you are looking for and where you live you might try used building materials outlets..they often times specialize in recycling barn wood and antique building materials..another possibility is a timber supplier or log home...

Building Homes or Extensions: Capping the top of an existing interior block wall, basement waterproofing system, google search
basement waterproofing system, google search, wood studs: Hi again Andy, if something is dripping wet it is more than just a humidity problem. You have a leak or a flashing problem somewhere. If you have a sprinkler system I would look at that to make sure you don t have a head turned the wrong way and water...

Building Homes or Extensions: cieling grid, grid questions, ceiling grid
grid questions, ceiling grid, six inches: I don t think I ve answered any ceiling grid questions..so I m not sure where this is coming from..and when you take it upon yourself to give someone some advice try spelling the words properly.. I had to go back almost five years to find the question...

Building Homes or Extensions: creating recessed kitchen ceiling, kitchen ceilings, four holes
kitchen ceilings, four holes, bottom chord: Hi Chan, if your roof structure is manufactured trusses you can only realistically raise your ceiling up to the bottom chord of the trusses without some proper engineering. Most dropped kitchen ceilings are 7 while the trusses above are 8 ..this would allow...

Building Homes or Extensions: Frame on slab, load path, critical load
load path, critical load, angle iron: Beverly, it is not unusual to not be exactly flush with the outside of the stem wall. A good framer will make every effort to get the walls straight and square even if the concrete is slightly off. You don t tell whether they are framing the outsides in...

Building Homes or Extensions: Hanging weight from TJI Engineered Beams, screw hook, lag bolt
screw hook, lag bolt, lag screw: Hi Jeremy, you can take a 2x8 and cut it long enough to span from joist to joist and using 3 deck screws screw the ends of the 2x8 to the joists and then screw a lag bolt style hook into the 2x8.. Three screws at each end should suffice. Or you can take...

Building Homes or Extensions: horizontal extensions, cantilever beams, concrete slabs
cantilever beams, concrete slabs, structural engineer: If you would like to cantilever the floor, you should employ a structural engineer or other competent professional to design it for you. I couldn t give any advice on this without seeing detailed drawings and ideally I would prefer to visit the site. This...

Building Homes or Extensions: Installing a portico to stucco front, stainless screws, silicone caulk
stainless screws, silicone caulk, roof pitch: Hi Jay, without knowing exactly what your existing wall construction consists of I can only give some general responses to your question. First of all, any attachments should penetrate the stucco into a structural member or solid concrete. This penetration...

Building Homes or Extensions: Calculating Stairs
Hi again Mike, let s face it with your 40 run and 50 inch rise you are not going to have a code compliant set of steps no matter what you do. If you have a door right there and other issues that compounds the problem as well. If the layout lent itself...

Building Homes or Extensions: Floor Cracks
Your best bet is to have the cracks filled with a good quality concrete patch or a special epoxy that is used to seal cracks in foundation walls. Make sure who ever does the job uses a concrete primer before repairing the cracks. The soil does create problems...

Building Homes or Extensions: floor cracks
Hi Dave, concrete cracks. That is the nature of the beast. Most house slabs crack because there is generally no expansion joints or control joints to encourage the cracking to take place where you want them. A half inch wide crack though seems a little...

Building Homes or Extensions: Partial Prestressing Concrete
I do not know this terminology. Prestress pulls tension on the reinforcement cable before the concrete is poured in the forms. Post tension pulls tension after the concrete is poured and cured (usually 28 days). Perhaps your reference has to do with...

Building Homes or Extensions: 2nd floor extension and roof modification
Hi, sorry for the delay. Permitted development guidelines are very useful for people who live in standard homes. With more complicated building designs,it is not straightforward. Changing a hipped roof will have a drastic affect on the appearance of the...

Building Homes or Extensions: exterior wall
Hi Bob, house wrap nowadays is popular..felt paper was common back in the day and is still used under siding. I guess you didn t find any felt paper when you opened up the wall? Probably why water was an issue to begin with. Cedar siding is not the waterproofing,...

Building Homes or Extensions: framing
Terry, I don t quite understand the dilemma. When all else fails, take a 2x4 and butcher whatever you need to butcher to get it to fit somewhere close to what you are doing. Lay another scrap on the roof and mark your sacrificial board. If the problem is...

Building Homes or Extensions: Garage build
Hi Steve, regular entry doors vary in rough opening sizes depending on the type of frame but you are usually safe to frame the rough opening 4 wider and 2 taller than the actual door size..however if you get a prehung door assembly it will come with rough...

Building Homes or Extensions: Loud booming noise in office building
Hi again Lori, I am intrigued by this. It s quite possible that something structural is going on here. If the building is constructed with steel bar joists maybe a weld has popped loose and when the weather is warmer or the roof heats up under direct sun,...

Building Homes or Extensions: mobile home roof
Hi Melinda, you might be able to strip the old roof with pressure treated 1x4 at 16 on center running the long way across your rafters and then attaching your new metal roof to that..that year mobile home doesn t have much of a rafter..I believe its a 2x2...

Building Homes or Extensions: Weep Screed added to current stucco Home
Hi Vincent, it sounds a little high to me..but if they are the only game in town there isn t a lot you can do without competitive bids. I am not a big fan of 50% up front money. If a company is strong enough they can usually float a job until the work is...

Building Homes or Extensions: door that swings out
There is not an out swing version of a pre hung exterior door to my knowledge. One thing that could have been done would have been to remove the threshold and shorten the jamb sides which would lower the door and jamb. What you have was done correctly, though...

Building Homes or Extensions: Foundation
Hi Tracy, first of all, these tests often have little to do with reality in the construction world. Footings are stepped based on whatever the structural engineer specifies. Most stepped footings are stepped to coincide with masonry. So a 39 change in elevation...

Building Homes or Extensions: outswing door installation
Hi again Patti, a new prehung door could be easily installed in this same space. It should fit exactly in the same footprint as the existing. There shouldn t even be a need to disturb the tile or anything. It s not a difficult swap out. Remember, you will...

Building Homes or Extensions: Plywood
Hi Tracy, if one side of the plywood will not be exposed then A/D is a good choice because it only has one finished side and is about 25% cheaper. If both sides will be seen then AA, MDO, or Decorative group (which can come in a variety of wood grains).....

Building Homes or Extensions: slope
Randy, I m sorry but I have no reference to the term buck . If the sidewalk is at 0.00 and the grade is to be 5 percent traveling over 19 . I see this as the math: 19 x 12 = 228 228 x .05 = 11.4 (marvelously close to the ll 3/8 dimension) +4...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding Loft, floor condo, local contractor
floor condo, local contractor, loft: I m sorry, but I can t really help with that, I would need to know the a lot more about the structure of the building. There shouldn t be any problems adding a loft, but you do need to be sure the floor is going to be strong enough to take the additional weight....

Building Homes or Extensions: Attached garage, park cars, nice garage
park cars, nice garage, car one: Patty- HI! So the basic cost in your area for this type of structure would be $85 to $110 a sq.ft finished. A 1 1/2 car garage is about 660 sq.ft. Storage space above is not a problem, but does add to the cost per sq. ft. Now the siding may or may not come...

Building Homes or Extensions: close in a patio, budget number, wall windows
budget number, wall windows, brick wall: Bill- To put a sq. ft price on this is difficult because there are many factors that need to be evaluated to do so. That being said I will take my best shot and make an educated guess. The basic, raw structure should not be too much. At 1120 sq. ft the shell...

Building Homes or Extensions: Crawl Space moisture, wet climates, vent holes
wet climates, vent holes, mold problem: Hi Eddie, try sealing off that last few inches of vapor barrier so that no moisture can enter the crawl space and see what your moisture content becomes. A vented crawl space usually needs a square foot of vent per 150-200 sq. feet of floor space and are normally...

Building Homes or Extensions: Dormers with attic truss options, shed dormer, attic trusses
shed dormer, attic trusses, plane truss: Stephane- You will find that the best option is the shed dormer. A skilled builder can do this without having to redo the roof. The bearing plane (truss chord) would be the same height as the new bearing beams required. Trusses; though fast and inexpensive...

Building Homes or Extensions: Equipment needed, razor knife, extension ladder
razor knife, extension ladder, nail guns: Ok- you will need: Circular saw, drills, hammer or nail guns, measuring tape and pencils, miter saw, levels-both 4 and 6 , ladders- 4 and 6 step and a 24 extension ladder, Work table and saw horses, razor knife, sledge hammer. This is the equipment...

Building Homes or Extensions: fire olace, chimney wall, fire place
chimney wall, fire place, drywall: Hi Barry, I don t see why you can t do that. As long as you have the chimney pretty well closed off from the elements. As far as your wall goes, if it hasn t been insulated then by all means insulating it will help prevent the transfer of cold into the living...

Building Homes or Extensions: gap between extension walls, insulation boards, wide gap
insulation boards, wide gap, shoddy job: If it was insulation it shouldn t be running all the way through to the outside. It may have been intended as a movement joint if the wall is quite long. Either way it sounds like a pretty shoddy job! You may find the fibreboard is very difficult to remove...

Building Homes or Extensions: load bearing walls, new footing, load bearing walls
new footing, load bearing walls, rebar: Hi v b, I m not getting what you want to do. When you say 9 wall do you mean the wall is 9 thick? Or are you moving the wall out 9 ? It is possible to transfer the load to a beam as you suggest but each end of the beam will need to have enough supporting...

Building Homes or Extensions: Looking for PV solar roof, photovoltaic cells, Certainteed roofing
photovoltaic cells, Certainteed roofing, wind turbines: Hello, Curt. You are very wise to be considering a system to reduce your energy consumption! There is an alternative to standard photovoltaic panels; it s a PV system that s integrated with the roof, manufactured by Certainteed, http://www.certainteed.com/products/roofing/more-info/PV-Roofing.aspx....

Building Homes or Extensions: nise wall, brick veneer, wall sheathing
brick veneer, wall sheathing, foam insulation: Hi Zhanna, there could be any number of reasons why your wall makes noise..improper bracing may allow the wall to move when the wind blows and cause a creaking sound. There may be something in the eave that catches wind and moves around. Houses, especially...

Building Homes or Extensions: Paint cracking or crackling on dry wall in bathroom (spider web type), web type, electric sander
web type, electric sander, wall materials: Hi again Al, yes a vinyl spackle will be more flexible than drywall mud which may solve your dilemma. However, after prepping and sanding the wall you will need to re prime it..something is going on with your last coat of paint, maybe a reaction with the...

Building Homes or Extensions: pier and beam old house, post and beam construction, seam tape
post and beam construction, seam tape, pier and beam: Hi Connie, 18-24 of crawl space is normal, 24 or better is code in most areas that have building departments and inspectors. In post and beam construction it s often common to measure from the bottom of the floor to the ground instead of from the bottom...

Building Homes or Extensions: Plywood wall joints, plywood veneer, drywall tape
plywood veneer, drywall tape, board and batten: Hi Steve, when you say you have plywood walls with a plywood veneer and then joint compound? That seems odd. No drywall or plaster? You might try using a fiberglass drywall tape embedded in your drywall mud..but combining drywall mud with plywood is a bad...

Building Homes or Extensions: Replacing a Load Bearing Wall, load bearing wall, dimensional lumber
load bearing wall, dimensional lumber, foot intervals: Hi Bill- So the size of the beam should really be left to the engineer as there are many factors to consider. As well, the column for the beam will need a footing under it-wherever it is- and the engineer will find the correct location. These are very specific...

Building Homes or Extensions: Schooling, structural engineering, architecture
structural engineering, architecture, universal design: Hello, Joseph. It will be wise for you to also take classes in architecture. Engineering is very important, but there s more emphasis on science and math. To be a great residential building designer, you need to balance science with creativity and functionality....

Building Homes or Extensions: addition, front bedroom addition, dormer roofline
front bedroom addition, dormer roofline : Hello, Lillie. The only way to achieve an addition to the front of your house so the front wall is in the same plane as the garage wall, is to create another dormer with the same roof pitch. I m concerned about how two dormers will look on the front of...

Building Homes or Extensions: Baffled by Aluminum Corrosion, sliding glass doors, aluminum corrosion
sliding glass doors, aluminum corrosion, aluminum fence: Mitch, I fear I am also at a loss as to the cause. I ve asked several others for input. We all know that there are galvanic reactions between dissimilar metals. Most of these manifest as pitting or erosion of one or the other materials. Yours seems...

Building Homes or Extensions: Best practices in rebar in block foundation, anchor bolts, spread footing
anchor bolts, spread footing, soil frost: Stephane, Good question. You need to verify your plan with your local building and inspection department. You need a concrete spread footing at the bottom of the wall. I would use #5 rebar at the corners and every 4 . The grouted cells should be...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building a recycled house...., brick ties, brick veneer
brick ties, brick veneer, correct consistency: Bonnie, I admire your intentions and ambitions. If I understand what you are thinking, I hate to give you bad news. Brick work like you describe is NOT freestanding, it is only standing because of the structure to which it is tied. Typical brick veneer...

Building Homes or Extensions: Ceramic Tile, expansion and contraction, cement board
expansion and contraction, cement board, entrance hallway: Hi Ron, you should be okay. Be sure to use thinset to attach the tile and it wouldn t hurt to use a grout caulk joint around the perimeter of every 40 sq ft of tile or so. The grout caulk has latex in it to allow for some expansion and contraction, and can...

Building Homes or Extensions: Foundation.., cardboard tubes, good soil
cardboard tubes, good soil, low density: Andrew, Your proposed approach is massively over sized. Obviously, you re free to build as strong as you want, but if you want to control costs I would suggest meeting code and sound engineering principles. The amount of rock might give you some grief...

Building Homes or Extensions: Inclose patio, patio slab, stamp concrete
patio slab, stamp concrete, frost depth: JOdie, I assume you are talking about enclosing the patio and making it part of your home. Code will not accept the project unless the patio has a frost depth footing around its perimeter and tied into the home s foundation. This would not be a normal circumstance...

Building Homes or Extensions: Leak arresting underground RCC structure with high water table, french drains, dewatering system
french drains, dewatering system, watertable: Hello Geoffrey, You didn t mention any ground preparation, French drains, dewatering methods used during construction..a ground water dewatering system to keep the water at bay while building your base would have helped, a clay bentonite subsurface with a...

Building Homes or Extensions: Roof slab, slab thickness, maximum room
slab thickness, maximum room, tensile strength: Hi Geoffrey, based on your information and depending on the slab thickness it sounds like you should be fine..the 8 mm seemed a little small but when you factor in the tight spacing and the added top steel over the supports I can t see anything wrong with...

Building Homes or Extensions: Squeaking floor above me; intrusive noise, light weight concrete, laminate floors
light weight concrete, laminate floors, gypcrete: Terry, I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. Those laminate floors are all the rage, but even on the top side they have quite a bit of drum head sound in my opinion. It is normal to put some type of foam under the new flooring. There are acoustic pads...

Building Homes or Extensions: Taking bounce out of floor and adding support from basement, lally columns, joist span
lally columns, joist span, appliances center: Hi David, a rule of thumb I use for structural wood is for joists, one inch of height per foot of run so your joists are 2x8 and with the new beam they will span 7 feet? This should suffice..For load bearing beams it s the same rule of thumb but with 4 material..so...

Building Homes or Extensions: Tempered glass thickness, glass railings, safety standpoint
glass railings, safety standpoint, rail applications: Rodrigo- Hola! OK Good question. I always use 1/2 Tempered minimum which is 12.7mm, for most rail applications. I am not sure what you will get in comparable thickness-but shoot for 12.7 mm minimum. There are some products here called laminated glass that...

Building Homes or Extensions: Build OVER a mobile then REMOVE mobile home, mobile home question, 2x4 studs
mobile home question, 2x4 studs, financial bind: Hi again Julie, a lot of the answers to these questions depends on what kind of building codes and building department requirements you have in your area. If you live in an area with heavily enforced building codes you might not be able to live in a dwelling...

Building Homes or Extensions: Ceiling joist / rafter support, ceiling joists, load bearing wall
ceiling joists, load bearing wall, tongue and groove: Hi Andy, yes adding a ridge beam will help support the roof system and allow you to support the mid span of your ceiling joists as well..and yes if you beef up your ceiling joists you can run a vertical post or web from the rafter to the new joist. Another...

Building Homes or Extensions: Construction joint in RCC beam/sunshade junction, floor slab, roof beam
floor slab, roof beam, horizontal grid: Hi Geoffrey, I ve done it both ways. Depending on how far out your sunshade projects your steel spacing and sizes seem adequate. I m assuming you will reinforce the shade itself with a horizontal grid of steel as well. You will want to seal that joint after...

Building Homes or Extensions: Cracking in exterior extension wall, uneven floors, mortar
uneven floors, mortar, silicone: It sounds like a settlement crack. This is caused by the weight of the new extension gradually compressing the ground beneath, causing a small amount of movement. If it is settlement then there is no need to worry. Silicon will seal the joint, or alternatively...

Building Homes or Extensions: interior wall has water leaking in heavy rain, base moulding, plumbing pipe
base moulding, plumbing pipe, perforated pipe: Hi Bobette, without knowing all the particulars I can give you some possibilities. First of all chances are that you have a plumbing pipe going down through your slab somewhere in the bathroom wall..when the ground water rises it comes up alongside the pipe...

Building Homes or Extensions: Moisture warnings when installing laminate flooring in a pier and beam house, laminate wood floor, installing laminate flooring
laminate wood floor, installing laminate flooring, laminate products: Hi Christi, I have laminate in one of my bathrooms right next to the shower and it is ten years old without showing signs of moisture problems. We use a damp mop and a swifter both to clean it. Swifter also has products made specifically for laminates that...

Building Homes or Extensions: Repairing asphalt driveway, asphalt contractor, asphalt driveway
asphalt contractor, asphalt driveway, drainage issues: Sorry. in Florida working on dads place. short answer: contact local asphalt contractor to discuss cutting out potholes and capping the whole thing. sounds like it is beyond adding a seal coat. make sure to discuss drainage issues especially at beginning...

Building Homes or Extensions: Roof addition, rafter tails, weather side
rafter tails, weather side, heat absorption: Hi jayme, yeah, it looks like you are getting some major sun on that side of the house. Your first floor entry has the shade from the deck above to protect it from that brutal heat. Anything you can do to reduce that direct sunlight will help. Yes a roof...

Building Homes or Extensions: window placement and style, family room addition, new windows
family room addition, new windows, window placement: Hello, Lee. Your idea of opening windows is excellent, so you can get fresh air into the environment. I m going to try to help you by asking some questions for you to think about -- the same questions I ask my clients and myself as we go through major decisions...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building a 6'x6' Pergola, deck framing, carriage bolts
deck framing, carriage bolts, knee braces: Hi mike, I m assuming you have or will have laid the ground work or your deck, i.e. some kind of foundation or structural support? If so and you make sure your pergola has some kind of sway bracing such as knee braces in the corners or well attached purlins...

Building Homes or Extensions: elevated slab, concrete slab, stud wall
concrete slab, stud wall, stud walls: Hi John, I would go with #5 rebar at 12 on center each direction for your bottom grid with the steel overlapping the walls at least 4 and the grid 1 1/2 up from the bottom of the concrete slab. It also wouldn t hurt to have some temperature steel 1 below...

Building Homes or Extensions: framing studs, lumber species, wood studs
lumber species, wood studs, douglas fir: Hi Don, most of the white wood studs at the big box stores is spruce or hem-fir, sometimes larch. But mostly spruce. It is decent for interior non bearing or medium bearing applications like partition walls. It is not recommended for beams or heavy load...

Building Homes or Extensions: Header, load bearing wall, plywood sheets
load bearing wall, plywood sheets, couple suggestions: You didn t give enough info to answer. To determine if the built-up beam is strong enough I need to know the load that it is carrying. For example, if the beam that is replacing a load bearing wall on the first floor that was supporting the second floor...

Building Homes or Extensions: Shower drain pluminb below slab, toilet drain, vent pipe
toilet drain, vent pipe, adding a bathroom: The 2 pipe would not serve anything I can think of and would be the right size for a shower. I think you are on to something. get confirmation and go with it. as to the primer line -it is a wet line from water supply that keeps water in the trap(below grade)...

Building Homes or Extensions: wood, load bearing wall, box elder tree
load bearing wall, box elder tree, lowe s: Box elder is in the maple family and you are right it is not a strong wood. I would not use any ungraded studs in any load bearing wall. The lowest grade allowed in non bearing walls is utility. Unless you are capable of grading the wood you won t have...

Building Homes or Extensions: enclosing carport, wall footing, brick foundation
wall footing, brick foundation, concrete pad: Hi Jacque, rule of thumb for beams 4x? is one inch of height per foot of length of span. In other words a 4x4 spans 4 a 4x6 6 feet etc. It is similar for joists spaced on 24 centers..a 2x10 will span ten feet , 2x8 eight feet etc. Your post/column spacing...

Building Homes or Extensions: Garage Floor Oozing Colored Liquid, fuel storage tank, path of least resistance
fuel storage tank, path of least resistance, sewage lines: Hi again J, hmm..you have a unique situation..it is possible that your home is built in an area where black mud exists. Black mud is a form of soil that is a mixture of organic compounds and clay. It can ooze when wet, and when pressure from a foundation...

Building Homes or Extensions: Leak in cable pipe, wet situations, wet pipe
wet situations, wet pipe, proper material: Hi Samuel, its not uncommon , let me put it that way. Underground utilities like phone and cable don t necessarily need dry conduits to get from point a to point b so when one of those conduits gets a water leak I can see the contractors point in not wanting...

Building Homes or Extensions: Outdoor music stage, wall footing, concrete pad
wall footing, concrete pad, deck edge: Hi Michael, rule of thumb for beams 4x? is one inch of height per foot of length of span. In other words a 4x4 spans 4 a 4x6 6 feet etc. It is similar for joists spaced on 24 centers..a 2x10 will span ten feet , 2x8 eight feet etc. Your post/column spacing...

Building Homes or Extensions: Resealing oceanfront doors, salt buildup, doors and windows
salt buildup, doors and windows, life span: Hi Nancy, it depends on the exposure. Any windows or doors that get a lot of sun plus the salt from the ocean could need new weatherstripping every few years. Most manufacturers give a five year life span to weatherstripping under normal conditions, however...

Building Homes or Extensions: Residential construction adjacent to stormwater channel, ground water levels, sheet pilings
ground water levels, sheet pilings, drainage ditch: Hi again Rama, as I mentioned before I am not privy to your soil conditions, how the column pads were prepared before they were poured, what grade concrete and reinforcement was used in the pads, what kind of engineering went into the project and a host of...

Building Homes or Extensions: Residential construction adjacent to stormwater channel, storm water drain, structural engineer
storm water drain, structural engineer, column design: Hi Rama- It sounds like you should not worry about it. The drain description that you gave sounds like it will take the water abuse and not encroach your wall. I would, however, do an inspection at least once a year of the wall closest to the drain. please...

Building Homes or Extensions: Residential construction adjacent to stormwater channel, ground water levels, sheet pilings
ground water levels, sheet pilings, drainage ditch: Hi Rama, you didn t mention whether the drainage channel was concrete or some other impervious surface but I am going to assume that it is. As long as your column pads were placed on solid compacted earth or a rock bed you should be okay. Most footings can...

Building Homes or Extensions: Safety of Home construction adjacent to storm water channel, clay loam, flood waters
clay loam, flood waters, soil conditions: Well, Rama, it sounds like there are no extreme issues. The footings are down about 5 feet, what is the soil type at that depth? It sounds as if there is a natural spring or other water table issue that is being addressed with the drainage canal. I am aware...

Building Homes or Extensions: 6X6 Stud Wall in Basement in place of Beam, floor joists, stud wall
floor joists, stud wall, stud walls: Hi Dave, a stud wall is perfectly acceptable in lieu of a post and beam system. It would be a good idea, if it is a newer home with an unfinished basement, to make this wall a shear wall and sheath one side with 1/2 plywood. This will help prevent any...

Building Homes or Extensions: house smells glue after new roof, volatile organic compounds, residential roofs
volatile organic compounds, residential roofs, voc s: Hi gabe, chances are pretty good the smell you are experiencing is from the IB system. It is made of PVC and PVC is notorious for its odor when in a liquid state. Until it cures it will produce VOC s or volatile organic compounds. It s possible that your...

Building Homes or Extensions: Lifting Weights In Garage, floor slab, concrete cracks
floor slab, concrete cracks, expansion and contraction: Hi Jay, a typical garage slab has minimum 2500 psi concrete on similar load bearing soil..so if you take the square inches of the weight bearing on the floor and divide that into the weight itself you will get the pounds per square inch you are putting on...

Building Homes or Extensions: modular construction, modular home, foam insulation
modular home, foam insulation, radiant heating: Hello, Bill. First, let me applaud you for asking important questions to help you make decisions that will have a positive impact on your new home, and your lifestyle. Your concern about air-tight homes hits the target. Making our homes more energy efficient...

Building Homes or Extensions: Removed wall - Single Top Plate, ceiling joists, ceiling joist
ceiling joists, ceiling joist, little bridge: Hi Steven, if the top plate is running parallel to the ceiling joist then yes you can add backing above the wall top plate and then remove it or remove the top plate and then move the top plate up so it is flush to the bottom of ceiling joist. If your top...

Building Homes or Extensions: Replacing siding, rigid insulation board, siding nails
rigid insulation board, siding nails, siding applications: Sharon, Sorry for the delay, my email account was inadvertently shut down and I didn t know it until this past Sunday. The recommended way to place chink siding over clapboard siding depends on the chink siding product you are going to use. If you are...

Building Homes or Extensions: roofing problem?, roofing problem, roofing system
roofing problem, roofing system, peace of mind: Gabe, I assume the smells are like solvents and adhesives. They should dissipate rapidly. I would certainly ask the installer and even write a note to IB customer relations. This is also the best place to ask about the bubbles. It sounds as if the membrane...

Building Homes or Extensions: smells after new roof, IB roofing, VOC's
IB roofing, VOC's, roofing problems: Hello, Gabe. It s frustrating in situations like this, answering important questions online, because I can t smell what you re smelling, and can t see the severity of the bubbles. I m very concerned if there are VOC s (volatile organic compounds) in...

Building Homes or Extensions: smells after new roofing, roofing system, low pitch
roofing system, low pitch, industry associations: Gabriel, Sorry for the delay, my email account was inadvertently shut down and I didn t know it until this past Sunday. IB roof systems are approved by all of the industry associations and their installation instructions, when followed properly, result...

Building Homes or Extensions: burying water line, protective cushion, frost line
protective cushion, frost line, diy project: Gregory, it would be unusual to use a conduit. It would provide a method of replacing the line someday without having to re-dig the entire distance. It would be much more normal to direct bury the line. I do like bedding the pipe in sand. It provides a...

Building Homes or Extensions: Door
Hi again Sean, okay, then you probably need a hollow metal door frame. The frame comes with holes drilled and dimple on each jamb side. Normally concrete sleeve anchors are then drilled and set through those holes. Tighten the flat screw head of your anchors...

Building Homes or Extensions: Exterior wall construction, wall cavity, metal siding
wall cavity, metal siding, wood siding: Todd, Sorry for the delay but I was out of town. Generally, in homes in high humidity zones such as the gulf coast or Florida either no vapor barrier/retarder is recommended or if recommended or required by code the vapor barrier/retarder should be placed...

Building Homes or Extensions: Outside caulk or concrete mix?, brick tiles, paint department
brick tiles, paint department, lowes: Hi Luca, Home Depot, Lowes, or other hardware stores, carry DAP which makes several good products for caulking against wood and brick or concrete.. A good rubber caulk specifically made for that purpose works awesome! Go to the paint department and look at...

Building Homes or Extensions: replace exterior wall in mobile home, roof trusses, ceiling windows
roof trusses, ceiling windows, eight inches: Hi Paul, its probably possible. But you d have to cut the roof trusses back enough to get a header in there to support the weight. However if you are willing to compromise you can do a floor to eight inches from the ceiling window and install a header in...

Building Homes or Extensions: Typical cost of adding extension off of my house, asphault shingles, cost of concrete
asphault shingles, cost of concrete, vinyl siding: Chris, I wish it was easy to give you numbers for this type of thing. It is not. If you want a complete number it would be easiest to contact a local contractor who will know local pricing. Ask him for a short meeting and offer to pay him for his time....

Building Homes or Extensions: Walls& windows, rigid foam insulation, brick veneer
rigid foam insulation, brick veneer, mortar joints: Nushaba, I m a bit confused about what you have. I think you are telling me that the new exterior walls are 8 cement block that will have a brick veneer. If it had been my design, the block walls would have been mortared and struck on both faces - there...

Building Homes or Extensions: Garage floor, conventional concrete, floor question
conventional concrete, floor question, concrete contractor: Phil, if there is plenty of head room, the floor can be capped with another layer of conventional concrete using a small aggregate mix. Any cracks or joints will transfer to the new cap, so should be tooled or cut. Regular concrete cannot feather out to...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulation question..., dow styrofoam, couple inches
dow styrofoam, couple inches, sawzall: Hi David, the more teeth he better when cutting soft material like that.. A plywood blade is a good start and either saw will work as long as you can get a deep enough cut. Sawzall works good too but if you want a clean crisp straight cut a circular saw...

Building Homes or Extensions: Removing a load bearing wall, removing a load bearing wall, load bearing wall
removing a load bearing wall, load bearing wall, ceiling joist: Josh, the big decision is whether to install the header above the joists or below. It may be more simple and straightforward to install the header under the joists. I think I would strongly consider using LVL or another man made beam as the header....

Building Homes or Extensions: retaining wall?, fill dirt, undisturbed soil
fill dirt, undisturbed soil, foundation construction: Chris, I can only answer this generically. First, you should not build a foundation on fill dirt! A foundation should be built on natural undisturbed soil. Second, the bank above the flat house site could slide depending on several factors, such as how...

Building Homes or Extensions: brick wall at property line
Liz, I understand your question, but I don t know that I can answer it. You are correct that it would be poorly loaded footing. This will definitely require the services of a structural engineer. I do think that turning an L at the end of your new wall...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building homes or extensions
Miriam, In some cases it is preferable to accept the original bones of a building, in this case the brick veneer is pretty iconic to 50s ranch houses. One alternative is to simply replace the brick with one that looks better, and use a mixed surface...

Building Homes or Extensions: insulation
Hi Jerry, fiberglass faced insulation would be best..6 or 8 inch. Find the size to fit your joist layout. Most floor joists are 24 on center so get the 22 width if appropriate..if they are spaced at 16 then you will need the 14 width...it comes with...

Building Homes or Extensions: insulation floor joist
Dear Jerry, Insulation with the highest density will absorb the most sound. For apartments, soundboard is usually installed as infill right up next to the subfloor itself or is put up as full panels over the joists and then covered with sheetrock. Thermal...

Building Homes or Extensions: New Home Problems
Mark, The ice or frost is forming from moisture condensing on cold surfaces, then freezing because it has been really cold lately. If there is no insulation above the ceiling AND the attic space is well ventilated, then the the drywall will be very cold...

Building Homes or Extensions: PotHole
Hi George, I m not sure what you mean by brands . The material for patching large asphalt driveways is asphalt over rock base..an s-1 or s-3 mix of asphalt 2-3 thick over a compacted base of 3/4 rock..if by huge pothole you mean a hole three feet by three...

Building Homes or Extensions: Quality of house construction
Lyn, this is a fairly common design on older homes. The big issues are not so much structure as water. It will require due diligence to get the wing walls properly flashed and adequate drainage for the inevitable rain and snow intrusion. I don t think code...

Building Homes or Extensions: structure
Hi Larry, whenever we make a major purchase like a house it is always better to be safe than sorry. Cracks in walls and flooring and gaps under walls could be indicative of settlement in the foundation or shifting ground. Because of the cold weather your...

Building Homes or Extensions: sweating problem
Hi Mark, it s a simple fix really. The pipe needs to be wrapped with insulation. The cold water running through the pipe hits the warm air from the basement and condensation occurs. There are plumbing insulation specialists out there that have special materials...

Building Homes or Extensions: Closing off a skylight
Doris, any time you change and/or paint a surface, you must face the fact that a patch looks like a patch. You need to plan a new texture and paint job if you cannot abide the looks of a patch. I would wreck out the sheetrock returns from the finish ceiling...

Building Homes or Extensions: Closing up a skylight
Hi Doris, it s fairly simple. You run a couple of 2x4 studs across the opening, holding them up 5/8 above the existing ceiling. If you build it like a little stud wall with a top and bottom plate and lift it up in place you can nail or screw the top and...

Building Homes or Extensions: French drain filter socks
Bob, Some sort of filtration method is advisable, either a sock, or filter fabric laid over crushed stone, with the pipe beneath the stone. Clay and silt can infiltrate and could reduce water flow in the pipe. The filter is meant to reduce this. ...

Building Homes or Extensions: HDF flooring questions
Debbie, The thickness of the flooring is not nearly as important as the thickness and hardness of the protective wear layer on top, and the presence of a vapor barrier on the bottom. I do not know if you can get any reliable data from your suppliers in...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulation under cement
If the basement floor is below grade no insulation is required; the earth maintains a temperature around 55 degrees below the freeze line. However, insulation on the basement walls is a good idea. You can buy rigid foam 4x8 sheets in various R-values. They...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulation under cement
Bob, you didn t share with me where you are. Perimeter insulation of the vertical wall surfaces, especially at frost depth elevations gives lots of bang for the bucks. Rigid foam under slab yields less return. Cold winter ground temperatures would not typically...

Building Homes or Extensions: Multi Purpose Building
Hi Apple, that s a tall order for this website. First of all you need to incorporate an architect and an engineer into the project to work out all the building details. There are several methods for doing a building like this..you need to find what works...

Building Homes or Extensions: New House Plans
There are two places I buy my plans from. Maybe you already looked at their sites. But if you didn t, here are the links olsonplans.com and andersonplans.com Now what you can to do avoid buying two sets of plans is to print out a one story 1820 sq ft...

Building Homes or Extensions: Washington DC Row Homes
Hi Cecelia, it s probably not the best scenario. Generally when you have a zero lot line convergence there is a common wall between the two properties and each property owner is responsible for his side of the wall. This doesn t seem to be the case here....

Building Homes or Extensions: crawl space insulation
Dick, My interpretation is that the foam plastic insulation must be fire-retardant or be enclosed in a fire retardant material (like drywall). There are several products out there that meet this requirement, such as Thermax. I m not sure how you are...

Building Homes or Extensions: Long Island Construction costs
Hi Don, just a guesstimate but depending on accessibility etc. I would venture to say it will cost around $80,000 where you live. I put a value of $150 a square foot for the first floor finished rooms and $75 a square foot for the basement. Depending on...

Building Homes or Extensions: new home on lot with existing home
Jeff, Tearing down an existing house to build a new one is a fairly common practice. It makes sense if the land is worth enough (either $ or emotionally) that the added expense of the demolition and the loss of the asset (the building) are acceptable....

Building Homes or Extensions: Electric Shower
Shower units shouldn t be open and you should not be able to see wires. I would recommend speaking to your local council. They will inspect the property and if it is unsafe they can negotiate with your landlord to get the work done and in some cases enforce...

Building Homes or Extensions: Regulations
It is possible to have a sewage manhole inside a home, but the cover should be sealed. It can sill be opened, but there should be rubber gaskets and clamps. If there are smells from the drain then they have either used the wrong type of cover, or perhaps the...

Building Homes or Extensions: awning, roof over exterior door
Hi Gregory, it s a little more complicated than it might seem unless you have decent carpentry skills and a grasp of how to flash a roof tying into a wall. Especially if you are wanting a gable roof. You will need to know how to measure, cut and frame rafters....

Building Homes or Extensions: Cracked paint on ceiling
Hi Amy, it looks like you have a corner that ties into the ceiling near the crack. This could be causing a stress crack or an expansion crack. If there is no evidence of water intrusion you can probably scrape the loose stuff away and remove that old drywall...

Building Homes or Extensions: exterior of homes, new home in East Bay, structural integrity
new home in East Bay, structural integrity, earthquake safety: Hi, CJ. I apologize for the length of my answers, but this is important. Unfortunately, you re right about realtors. Be persistent, and don t stop asking questions until you get honest, reliable responses. Even be willing to threaten to walk out of the...

Building Homes or Extensions: Supporting and Straightening a Steel Ibeam
Michael, Adding a post as you describe will certainly help with the sag and twist in the beam. But again, without knowing more about the loads from above, it is difficult to recommend a correct fix. From your description it sounds like the designer...

Building Homes or Extensions: bad texture?
Hi EJ, without smelling it, it would be hard to say what is causing the smell..old drywall mud has a sour smell. And yes it is nasty but usually dissipates after a given time. And Yes Kilz would be my first recommendation to seal the walls..then a couple...

Building Homes or Extensions: building services
Livison, This is not my area of expertise. I can get you to some of the information. The room is 25x20x4 = 2000 cubic meters x 10 changes per hour = 20.000 cubic meters moving through the duct work each hour. 1hr=60min x 60=3600 seconds so you...

Building Homes or Extensions: cinder block construction
Hi Ray, it s done all the time..it s called a basement. Yes water proofing is critical and a footing drain field around the perimeter is useful as well ..where you are at is probably low lying so a perimeter drain may involve a sump pump but if you have enough...

Building Homes or Extensions: Green Building Summary, sustainable building, lifetime livability
sustainable building, lifetime livability, green design: Hello, Eliza. If you are fortunate to have a property where you can orient your home to maximize seasonal conditions (or a view), congratulations! You ve asked very good questions. There s a lot of information about green design, and there are a lot...

Building Homes or Extensions: Natural stone flagstones
Claire, Your flagstone paving should not move. If it is moving after only three weeks then there is a potential for it to get worse. Laying stone flags on a dry mix is not reccomended as you rely on ground moisture to harden the mix. Stone is far better...

Building Homes or Extensions: slab
Hi Frankie, nominal residential building slabs are 4 thick pretty much everywhere..if you are talking about a monolithic slab foundation the slab is usually 4 thick but the perimeter footing is at least 12 x 16 .. I hope this information helps, please feel...

Building Homes or Extensions: TAP insulation
Dave and Patty, I must confess that I had to look up TAP insulation to know what it is. Blow in cellulose is a very common insulation and you should get your attic total close to the energy recommendation of an R38. Termites attack from the ground and...

Building Homes or Extensions: Off white vinyl siding
Bud, You can paint vinyl siding. Once it has weathered, the paint tends to adhere better. Paint will tend to stay a lot cleaner than the vinyl, but protected areas that harbor spiders, etc. (beneath overhangs) will always need some extra maintenance....

Building Homes or Extensions: Hand mixing concrete
Hi again James, sorry, I should have looked at your location a little closer. A simple 3000 psi mix is 1 part cement, three parts sand and three parts crushed aggregate or rock. http://www.everything-about-concrete.com/concrete-mixing-ratios.html ...

Building Homes or Extensions: legal span of 2x8
12 feet is the maximum. But I would not go more than 8 feet apart. When treated yellow pine dries out, it tends to bend and twist. You may end up with a deck that is warped in a few places. 8 foot spans will provide a more solid and straighter deck. Also use...

Building Homes or Extensions: Rattling brick veneer
Hi BJan, I m not sure how bricks can rattle against each other. They are locked into place with mortar so they don t have a lot of give. However if you have wood frame walls, they can move. But again I m not sure how a rattle can occur. A rattle implies...

Building Homes or Extensions: wet pressure treated wood
Hi bob, if it s sopping wet I d let it dry out a bit but it doesn t have to be bone dry. A little moisture will help keep it from splitting when you drive nails into it. If you are just adding collar ties to an existing roof system that has survived for...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete driveway over existing paving bricks?
Bud, What you have described would alert me to believe the paving substrate was not prepared or compacted properly before the paving was laid. You could concrete over if the increased height does not cause any issues with the driveway or drainage. Ensure...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete driveway over existing paving bricks?
Hi Bud, you should either have the pavers pulled up and the base ( if there is a rock base) regraded and compacted and then the pavers reinstalled. Or you can pull up the pavers, compact the sub grade and pour a concrete drive. After that you can do some...

Building Homes or Extensions: concrete patio
Hi Kerry, yes the release color wold be the faux grout lines so to speak. I would pick something similar in color maybe a shade or two lighter or a shade or two darker, but in the same family of colors If you want the lines to look like grout lines. Your...

Building Homes or Extensions: Dryvit
Hi Diane, it should be as simple as mixing a little water in some dryvit top coat mix and making a paste. The paste is used to fill the dent using a trowel or putty knife. If the mix is already colored, that should be the end of the process. If not you...

Building Homes or Extensions: Looking for cheap, easy to install siding for a garage
Curtis, This is an excellent question. The Hardie products are excellent for your purposes. I don t know if you are referring to the Hardie lap (clapboard style) siding or another of their products, but they do make a T111 substitute that will require...

Building Homes or Extensions: Looking for good, cheap siding for garage
Hi Curtis, there aren t a whole lot of good inexpensive options out there to fit your criteria. The old adage you get what you pay for applies to siding. Cheap is T-111 or plain rough sawn plywood with 1x4 vertical boards at the seams in a board and batten...

Building Homes or Extensions: Papercrete wall without foundations
I am not very familiar with this product, but after a bit of research my advise would be that some sort of foundation may be required- and by the looks of it 4 inches of compacted stone/gravel may be the easiest and most cost effective. Best, Gle...

Building Homes or Extensions: Pergola
Craig. I assume you are planning open wood work with no roofing. Here is a site that will let you play with beam sag. It is designed for shelving, but works quite well for beams: http://www.woodbin.com/calcs/sagulator.htm A 14 span on the 4 main...

Building Homes or Extensions: phone line easement
Jim, First check your property deed and survey, these should indicate the easement. If you don t have them, they may be available at your local municipal offices. Second, call Century Link and ask them to provide easement information for that line....

Building Homes or Extensions: Remodel 50s Ranch
Roger, I assume that you are leaving the roof (rafter) structure in place, so the finished ceiling will end up having an angled portion along the edges. You can make the ceiling joists 24 o.c., this way you can simply nail them to the sides of the rafters....

Building Homes or Extensions: Step requirment for rooms of different elevations
Hi Gary, standard landings are big enough to stand on and open the door and generally only required if the door to the room with the lower floor swings into the room. If the door swings out you are more aware of the step down and can take precautions as...

Building Homes or Extensions: Tool for smoothing plaster
Hi Use a mastic trowel .As called in the UK They come in various sizes and are similar to a small flat knife. You van then use decorators caulk to finish once the plaster has dried. Apply enough to fill the rest and sponge wipe to smooth off. This can...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete staining
Hi Ralph, there are concrete stains available that you might be able to rub into the area in question. Home Depot has a few colors of concrete powder stain or you can order some on line. Wet the area and rub the stain on. Let it soak in for a bit then wipe...

Building Homes or Extensions: Detailed house plans
Rick, the answer to this question is not going to make you very happy. Residential house plans do not show that type of information. Typically a floor plan would show the location of the bathroom perhaps the direction of the tub but the actual routing of...

Building Homes or Extensions: Detailed house plans
Rick, Unfortunately the underground utility runs in residential construction are often not well documented. The builder may have a plan, but that does not mean that it was precisely followed. The local building code office should have plans, but again,...

Building Homes or Extensions: Housing in flood prone areas
Historically cities began where there was plentiful fresh water, crucial for human existence. Much of this land tends to be low lying. Low lying land will be inundated with flood waters when conditions warrant. I cannot explain why people continue to...

Building Homes or Extensions: waterbed
You will need to know the floor construction (timber/concrete, etc.) It s thickness and span. You should be able to get the weight of the bed from the manufacturers datasheet, but if not it s quite easy to work out. One square meter of water weighs 1000kg....

Building Homes or Extensions: Cedar siding looking weathered
Gary, If you want to remove the coating, there are strippers out there, but they are normally applied by brush and the finish is then scraped off by hand. There is also a product called Peel-Away that works well but is expensive. Just applying a deck...

Building Homes or Extensions: cost to complete
Terel this is an extremely difficult question to answer. You can go to Home Depot website or other and get the cost of toilets and sinks and countertops and cabinets. The same goes for sheetrock and insulation and paint. Light fixtures and switches and...

Building Homes or Extensions: open concept wall
Hi Gary, a rule of thumb for headers in general residential load bearing conditions is one inch of depth per foot of span using 4 material..so an eight foot opening would require a four inch by eight inch beam or in your instance a double LDL eight inches...

Building Homes or Extensions: Pavillion
Keith, 6x6 #1 southern yellow pine posts at your spacing are probably over-designed for the compression (straight downward) load, and some checking is normal, so it should not be a problem. If any particular post appears to be badly checked to the point...

Building Homes or Extensions: Shed completion
Terrell, The cost question in part depends on whether you plan to require water and waste facilities in the building. A normal house would be connected to a water line (underground) and have some method of heating the water. Waste water from a sink (called...

Building Homes or Extensions: 'Smart Meters' ?
Gary, I had read or heard something about this recently, but chalked it up to one more scare story. Because you asked, I decided to get a bit smarter about it, which led me to this American Cancer Society piece: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/smart-meters...

Building Homes or Extensions: Wall cavity noises
Hi Amanda, that s a tough question to answer. Depending on the method of construction it could be anything. When you say you can hear the sound in the wall cavity can you tell if it is between your drywall and the masonry? Or does it sound like it is inside...

Building Homes or Extensions: Lally Column
Chris, I am not capable of giving you a structural answer. I do think that you can get the answer here: http://deancolumn.com/columns.html Their standard units max out at 14 , but note that they can make longer units. Here is their info: 1-800-442-3455...

Building Homes or Extensions: Space under home
Hi Steven, are you talking about a crawl space? Many houses are built with a crawl space underneath to access plumbing and to ventilate the floor system to keep mold and mildew from forming. Maybe you can send me a photo and I can see if it is out of the...

Building Homes or Extensions: structural engineer
Pat- Ok...If there was plumbing leaking than there would be constant evidence. Water marks fresh, dripping ceiling and......you can smell it. Rank water. Then mold. Nuttin worse. To find evidence of leaking it may require opening walls/ceilings. Chances are...

Building Homes or Extensions: Out swing thresholds
There are so many different styles of thresholds, it is hard to give you a direct answer. There are thresholds that are called saddle thresholds. They are the same on both sides so they can be used either way. Others can be installed only one way. They are...

Building Homes or Extensions: Building ladder-stairs
Hi again Judy, I m sorry, I don t quite follow your first question regarding the backer board. If you could email me a picture I might be able to see what you are referring to. And yes it is normal to double up the joist header that is holding the end...

Building Homes or Extensions: ceiling anchors
Hi Amgad, if you feel comfortable that the ceiling joists are properly hung from the concrete deck above then I would suggest 3/8 lag bolts long enough to penetrate into the ceiling joist 2 minimum if the joists are 2x wood. if the joists are light gauge...

Building Homes or Extensions: changes in floor level
There are a lot of possibilities causing the problem. My concern is the house sitting on bad soil which contains peat moss or sand. Your said I just noticed about an eighth-quarter inch gap under the quarter round shoe along baseboards is another concern....

Building Homes or Extensions: Estimate how much this house will cost
Sorry but the All Experts Site keeps rejecting my application to be certified as an expert..even though I have been building new homes for 16 years. So i don t know if i am even suppose to answer questions. Do you have Menard s in your area? Same as a Home...

Building Homes or Extensions: Installing electric in my garage
You cannot use a 30 amp or double 30 amp breaker with 14 gauge wire. It may overheat the wire especially if it is run a long distance. Look at the instructions on the heater to see if it requires a 30 or 20 amp circuit breaker. Both circuit breakers have to...

Building Homes or Extensions: Installing Washroom in my basement
You really don t have to break up the concrete. You can buy a toilet kit that is six inches above the floor. Kind of like on a small platform. There is pump inside that pumps the waste into the sewer line in your basement. You can do the same for the bathtub...

Building Homes or Extensions: Metal Building Insulation
Hi John, I don t know why he gave you that information. Cavity walls have been filled with fiberglass insulation for many years. You can get fiberglass batts encapsulated in plastic wrap if you are afraid of moisture intrusion into the insulation. You can...

Building Homes or Extensions: Oil or Latex
Top of the line latex paints with acrylic added to them are superior to oil base paints. They resist peeling & cracking much better. The acrylic allows the paint to stretch & flex. You can order paint online and have it shipped. As far as your color match,...

Building Homes or Extensions: Oil or Latex
Hi Tom, I m not a big oil based paint fan. Latex to me is the best way to go inside and out. Mainly because of the clean up. You can paint over oil with latex provided you use a proper primer. As far as initial priming goes, follow all manufacturers recommendations....

Building Homes or Extensions: Oil or Latex
Hi Tom, A couple of things: You can paint latex over oil, but not oil over latex. Oil primer is often used on bare substrates, and latex over the top works well. I assume you are describing a high-quality acrylic latex paint. Be sure to use an exterior...

Building Homes or Extensions: Oil or Latex, cherokee red, painting a steel garage door
cherokee red, painting a steel garage door, acrylic paint: Hello, Tom. I m so glad you wrote! I ve been a devoted fan of FLW most of my adult life, and had the distinct pleasure of helping to save The Gordon House in Oregon (http://www.thegordonhouse.org/). Actually, there are several reasons for choosing acrylic...

Building Homes or Extensions: Oil or Latex
Tom, you are asking some very technical questions. Because this industry is constantly developing new products, I would defer my answers to the experts. I suggest you go to this site and contact them by phone. There are other manufacturers and I am not...

Building Homes or Extensions: Plumbing
James: On the sloping portions of the pipe runs, aim for 1/4 per foot of run. This allows for proper clearing of solids. In your case, install a vertical drop early in the run, then finish out with a properly sloped run. Really not much different...

Building Homes or Extensions: rules for taking quantities
For quantities: measure each wall in each room, height and width and each ceiling; then add all rooms that will receive the same product (all painted added together, all plastered added together, all tiled added together) and ceilings together for the total...

Building Homes or Extensions: Concrete Curing/Drying
Hi Joe! Concrete is concrete, it behaves the way it wants to behave for various reasons. It might take months for it to reach a consistent coloring and some areas may remain darker even longer. If the contractor used water to cure the concrete initially or...

Building Homes or Extensions: Exterior paint colors
Jim, Because the gable (triangle) is actually considered an exterior wall plane, it should be treated just like the rest of the house. The trim (facia, frieze) should match the house trim color (Mink) and the center of the gable should be likened to the...

Building Homes or Extensions: window
Hi Jennifer, I don t think you should have any structural concerns over that small of opening under a concrete tie beam. The only tough part, short of cutting the block out, is getting something inside the remaining block around the opening to attach the...

Building Homes or Extensions: cold air return
Kirby, I assume that the basement ceiling is uninsulated, so heat from the stove can warm the floor above. Yes, you could install a return air duct that is designed to draw heat from the basement. This assumes that your basement is dry and does not...

Building Homes or Extensions: condensate drain
John, Unless there is language in your deed that makes the crawl space part of common property (as a shared driveway or shared lawn might), then yes, you would need to grant permission for anyone to enter your crawl space. Where does the condensate...

Building Homes or Extensions: covered deck
You can attach the 2x8 directly to the mobile home since you are only going 3 high and sinking the posts into concrete. The reason I attached the double 2x4 s at the bottom and underneath the mobile home is for a more secure 2x8 deck plate & deck. You are...

Building Homes or Extensions: siding
You cannot install cedar over aluminum siding. You will have to tear it off. But you can install new cedar over the existing old wood siding. Use type 30 felt underlayment and nail it to the old wood siding. Roofing nails work well for that. The only issue...

Building Homes or Extensions: siding, wood shingles, a.luminum siding
wood shingles, a.luminum siding, energy efficiency: Hello, Jerome. My answer is based on the key phrase in your question: you want to up the value of your home. Whether it s for your personal peace of mind, or resale, I recommend that you remove u ALL /u existing siding before you install new siding. Here...

Building Homes or Extensions: Commercial, builders' book source, commercial renovation
builders' book source, commercial renovation, commercial remodeling: Hello, Sam. I highly recommend that you contact Builders Book Source. They re located at 1817 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710, and their phone number is (510) 845-6874. Here s a link to their website: http://www.buildersbooksource.com/cgi-bin/booksite/index.html....

Building Homes or Extensions: commerical
Hi Sam. Tabego huh? Ha! I actually have a bit of exp building on islands. And the one thing that always bit me in the ass was .......island time....... It is way different than mainland time as I am sure you are aware.......That being said, the basic differences...

Building Homes or Extensions: Container question
Sam, I would use 1 1/2 25 gauge metal studs for the side walls insulated with fiberglass batts. Rigid polyisocyanurate is more efficient per inch, but costs more. I would use gyp board (Sheetrock) as finish. Knowing you will probably move this, I would...

Building Homes or Extensions: county assessor
Hi Sonya, Again, start with a proviso: every city, county, state has its own rules, regulations and laws relative to real estate, thus anything I comment on may or may not apply in this specific case. First point--what you, the home owner, say you have...

Building Homes or Extensions: Exterior construction for 2nd floor addition
Kevin, If the 1950s sheathing boards are installed diagonally, then they should be OK as is. Diagonal boards are super-effective at resisting the tendency of rectangular walls to rack or fail due to lack of adequate bracing or triangulation. Plywood...

Building Homes or Extensions: Leveling P&B foundation before adding an addition
Hi Megan, if by balanced you mean leveled up it would probably be best to have it done at the same time as the new construction and by the same contractor. It would cost less this way because it becomes just one more phase for the contractor that he can...

Building Homes or Extensions: plans/permits
Hi Sonya, First point pertains to California! It is highly regulated and often restrictive in many ways, but there are areas that are not burdened with excessive regulation. Your first step is to determine who is the authority controlling residential...

Building Homes or Extensions: Question.
Hi Sam, gee, I learned pretty much everything I know from working in the business of so many years. If I had one book to recommend that covers pretty much everything from commercial to residential construction is the Architectual Graphic Standards , this...

Building Homes or Extensions: Question..
The differences would be in building codes. Commercial building codes are a lot stricter than residential. Most cities require handicapped facilities for size of doorway s washrooms and access getting in and out of a commercial building. Most commercial building...

Building Homes or Extensions: Question....
Sam, I notice you are in San Fernando that is NOT in California. Would Trinidad Tobago be considered as being in the Caribbean? I must inform you that I am not familiar with either residential or commercial work in your area, but I may be able to give you...

Building Homes or Extensions: Stucco
You will have to waterproof the plywood as much as possible. You can use 2 layers of grade D Building paper or two layers of Asphalt felt paper to cover the plywood. You will need an air gap over the felt or building paper to provide air circulation between...

Building Homes or Extensions: anchor bolts
Hi again Rod, it looks like whoever did your mud sill attachment used strap anchors for a 2x6 mud sill instead of a 2x8..that being said, as you mentioned , these anchors were inspected by somebody from the building department and passed. The purpose of a...

Building Homes or Extensions: anchor bolts retrofitting
Rod, this one is hard to answer. The main problem I am seeing is being able to drill the holes. If the joists are 2x12 s, you have an 11 1/2 in height to work in. I don t own anything that can stand up in that space other than a right angle drill which...

Building Homes or Extensions: Bedroom over a garage
Bob, I give you a very strong yes . My granddaughter in Longmont, Colorado had her room above an unheated 2 car garage with a huge window. Quite comfortable. My sister in Pocatello, Idaho had the same. They used it as spare bedroom/home office computer...

Building Homes or Extensions: crawl space
Rod, In a location like South Carolina, it is my opinion that you should leave the crawl space ventilated year round. If you try the dehumidifier route, over time you may forget to open or close the vents, and the correct timing of ventilation would be an...

Building Homes or Extensions: modular or other construction
Ron, modular can be excellent homes. Because of design limitations, you won t get fancy layouts, but the construction methods can be excellent and provide good basic shelter. The biggest drawback would be code compliance. Check with your local AHJ at...

Building Homes or Extensions: socket plastered over
connor, there are no simple answers to this one. I assume the electric wires are rolled up in a rough in box. You should be able to turn the breaker on so that the wires are hot. There is a fairly inexpensive electricity detector that should give you a...

Building Homes or Extensions: Vented Soffits under 2nd floor room eaves
The soffits should be ventilated to prevent mold and to stop any wood from rotting. But, if the weather is below freezing, like it has been most of this winter, then you can cover the vents until the weather stays above freezing. Did blocking the holes in...

Building Homes or Extensions: Retrofitting Roof Truss
Hi again Greg, i have found over the years that truss builders are generally easy to work with and can help with solutions to pretty much any roof problem. Since your roof is a shed type you might be able to get some mono trusses that (as you mentioned in...

Building Homes or Extensions: construction
Hi Sam, I don t think I ever consider settling when ordering concrete. Depending on the quality of the form work I figure cubic feet and then convert to cubic yards usually rounding up to the nearest ten yard increment if it is a hundred yards or more. ...

Building Homes or Extensions: Flashing sunroom to brick ocean front
Hi Mark, yes cutting a kerf in the brick and installing an Z shaped flashing bedded in a good urethane caulk is one way. You can surface mount your flashing with a good bed of caulk but a kerf adds a little more protection because you get below the mortar...

Building Homes or Extensions: noise,, noise, dry rot
noise, dry rot, house settling: You re welcome, Helen. Water does discolor wood. Dry rot happens when moisture doesn t evaporate, stays on wood for a long time and makes it soft. I had a project not long ago where there was so much serious dry rot, the contractor could easily punch a...

Building Homes or Extensions: attached pergola
I will need to have more information. Above the corner you want to extend 2m or about 6 feet will there be a second story with a room above it or just a roof? What is the size of the existing beams you want to extend? 2 x6 , 2 x 8 or larger? How far can you...

Building Homes or Extensions: extending roof
James, that would be normal and proper. The stud wall should be more than adequate for the load. If you continue with the 4in12 and go out 10, your outer wall will be 40 (3 4 ) lower. If you have composition shingles, they need usually a 3in12 minimum...

Building Homes or Extensions: Wet Bricks
Hi Jim, if the leak is fixed it should only take a week or so for the brick to dry out under normal conditions. However if you want to speed the process and you can get under the house, you can put a fan under there blowing on the damp area to help dry it...

Building Homes or Extensions: Sand seeping throu foundation
Hi Lisa, that is strange. Are you sure it s sand and not vermiculite? Sometimes masonry walls are filled with vermiculite for insulation purposes and will spill through any size opening. However it could be sand, I m not ruling that out but it is highly...

Building Homes or Extensions: Cracks in subfloor/upstairs condo laminate install
Celia, I m not sure if you are able to answer this, but do you have any idea what the structure of the subfloor is? Is it lightweight concrete over wood framing? Is it a self-supporting concrete slab? When they caused it to flex was the entire floor...

Building Homes or Extensions: Cracks in subfloor/upstairs condo laminate install
It is hard to see what material the sub floor is made of. I can give you a better answer once I know. I don t understand why these installers won t do the job. The benefit of installing a floating laminate floor is to cover over imperfect floors or worn...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulation between old wall and addition
Lisa, If there is an un-insulated gap between the walls and it is in contact with an outside wall and/or roof surface, then it should be insulated at its exterior perimeter (see attached sketch). The goal is to prevent heat loss and air infiltration at...

Building Homes or Extensions: Relocating columns in basement for support beam
The space varies depending on the size and type of floor joists you have. Yes there are several floor span charts you can download off the internet. One issue about moving steel support columns.... The steel support columns are sitting on a concrete pad that...

Building Homes or Extensions: cleaning products
henry, it is impossible to answer your question. If heavy equipment is covered with grease and mud a high pressure steam jennie is best. There are specific products for different surfaces. There some excellent stainless steel cleaners. Hot soapy water...

Building Homes or Extensions: FINISHING A FAMED CABIN
Certainly you can run it out the side wall. The important thing is to maintain all the minimum clearances from any and all combustible surfaces. One draw back to wood fires is being able to clean the chimney. I would certainly use a drop T on the outside...

Building Homes or Extensions: FINISHING A FRAMED CABIN
Robert, Where in Wyoming? My daughter lives in Cody. Where in Colorado? I m from Boulder. Is this new place, a man cave, a summer get-away, year round use? As a general rule I would try to keep all water usage away from outside walls to reduce any...

Building Homes or Extensions: hip roof extension
Hi John, if you have a truss system now you probably have a girder/carrier truss about seven feet back from the end wall you want to remove. The easiest way to do it is to tear that hip back to the Girder truss and then from there add two new common trusses...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulation
Hi Anthony, nice older bungalow. These question would best be discussed with your building department and insulation company. I build in Canada where the building code may be different. Vapour barrier is not required if the insulation company s specs say it...

Building Homes or Extensions: Insulation
Anthony, I would deepen the rafters by attaching 1-1/2 x 2 buildouts along each one, to give you adequate depth for insulation and ventilation. See attached sketch. You can use closed cell foam along the rafters, as long as you provide ventilation...

Building Homes or Extensions: Masonry
Hi Javier, if you are talking about cutting masonry it s not too difficult. Most Masons use a power saw with a masonry blade. It will be easier if you see a video. Copy the link below and it will take you to YouTube for a tutorial. While on YouTube you...

Building Homes or Extensions: Vinyl porch enclosure
Hi Cathy, vinyl enclosures are generally made by Screen Enclosure companies. The construction is the same as screen framing the only difference is that vinyl is used instead of screen. So if you have a local screen company/companies talk to them. There...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding a bathroom
The smaller the package the higher the cost......... As well if you say the word simple ..... it costs double....... Construction is a funny game......there are so many factors that you may think simple that in reality are not..... We, as builders,...

Building Homes or Extensions: Failing Bricks
Hi Reagan, it looks like there might be some water getting into that area which can over time cause the bricks to deteriorate. The way the face of the bricks are shearing off, there might be some compression issues as well. This could be caused from settling...

Building Homes or Extensions: need a new room
Lani...... I love your question, but what you asking for is a lot...... I have a very soft spot for resourceful (of which you are) single Moms (especially on Mother s Day!). However I cannot answer your inquiry without sending you an invoice for $165 per hour..........

Building Homes or Extensions: Room Addition/Extension
Hi Iani, If you are building an addition the walls should be the same height as the existing house. The roof will overlay the existing - extending the existing roof is not the best idea. I would suggest you hire someone to draw up proper plans as you will...

Building Homes or Extensions: Curbside mailbox
Hello, Henry. Before you build your mailbox, take time to check with the local postmaster to see if there are plans to add a cluster box in your neighborhood. If you ve seen other cluster mailboxes in a nearby neighborhood, it might be a sign that the USPS...

Building Homes or Extensions: OSB under siding / Adding stone veneer
Hi again Gary, sorry about the mix up on the siding type. But that s a good thing! Fewer entry points for moisture on lap siding. If it is a ship lap that is even better or is it beveled lap siding? Either way it s still better than shingles. At this point...

Building Homes or Extensions: 2x10, bruce e johnson, douglas fir
bruce e johnson, douglas fir, joists: Hi again colin, it depends a lot on the material the joists are made of. If it is douglas fir or southern yellow pine then the joists will hold nearly 100 pounds a square foot in the center and up to a 150 right next to the wall.I hope this information helps,...

Building Homes or Extensions: 2x4 studs, bruce e johnson, base moulding
bruce e johnson, base moulding, drywall ceiling: Hi Steve, Most walls are built with a double top plate. If you are framing a house from scratch you can use the 92 5/8 studs with a double top plate for this reason: Usually you hang your drywall ceiling first which brings the height of your wall down 5/8...

Building Homes or Extensions: 3,000 sq ft expansion, square foot showroom, e mail address
square foot showroom, e mail address, proposal need: Hi Jenny- first of all, where are you located? Secondly, what kind of addition do you want to do? Steel and concrete? Wood frame? How detailed does your proposal need to be? Also, my e-mail address is mcelroybuilder@aol.com. if you send me more info, I...

Building Homes or Extensions: 36" opening, 60" door- block foundation, bruce e johnson, vertical cuts
bruce e johnson, vertical cuts, couple questions: Hi Mike, chances are good that if you have a 7-10 basement block wall that the top two courses are a bond beam. If this is the case then you really shouldnt have to add more lintel support you probably have continuous steel running through where you want...

Building Homes or Extensions: 4/1/2004 Making a Garage Door, bruce e johnson, dimensional lumber
bruce e johnson, dimensional lumber, lowe s: Hi Johnny, there aren t that many choices. You need to build the picture frame type panel out of dimensional lumber and then you need some sort of plywood or masonite for an insert. Your best bet is to try and duplicate the panel sizes of your existing door...

Building Homes or Extensions: what is 4/12pitch in roof design.pole barn. 24/30, bruce e johnson, framing square
bruce e johnson, framing square, pole barn: Hi Jeffery, 4/12 means that for every foot of run the roof rises four inches. The run is from the outside sidewall to the peak or center of the roof. So if your barn is 24 feet wide and it is 12 feet to the center then your rise would be four times 12 or...

Building Homes or Extensions: 4' deck spanning a 20' garage door, rim joists, floor joists
rim joists, floor joists, luck steve: Frank, Weld struts to the I-beam to form part of your support structure. If the I-beam stops short of the end of the wall, then you do have the ability to sister the end supports in those locations. You should consult an architect or engineer to help...

Building Homes or Extensions: 4ft Crawl space to New Room, 3rd flr, rock soil
3rd flr, rock soil, concrete rock: Hi markboucher, It is not an easy task to build a basement under an existing crawlspace but it can be done. Generally the house is supported by temporary shoring while the old foundation is removed and the new one excavated and installed. I would just venture...

Building Homes or Extensions: I have a 50year old house..., bruce e johnson, plate compactor
bruce e johnson, plate compactor, plumbing work: Hi Mel, it sounds like your plumbers didnt compact the ground after they disturbed it with their work. If you can get a plate compactor and hit as much of the area as possible that will help. Then pile sand along your building higher than the area you want...

Building Homes or Extensions: 6 car Parking Garage, stone pillars, vertical stone
stone pillars, vertical stone, gmail: Hi Paul, it is difficult for me to price tag a project several thousand miles away. I would say that it will probably cost at least 15-20,000 dollars per space but I could be way off. First of all you will need an architect to design it, an engineer to make...

Building Homes or Extensions: 6" x 12" - I-beam cracking, bruce e johnson, san diegan
bruce e johnson, san diegan, wood putty: Hi Michael, you are experiencing wood shrinkage and nothing more. The wood beam had a certain moisture content when it was installed. It is the nature of the beast to eventually taking on the moisture content of the house. So if your wood had a 60% moisture...

Building Homes or Extensions: Acceptable humidity level in crawl space., william mulder, earth bermed
william mulder, earth bermed, pea gravel: Hi William, If you have a door or entry into your crawl space from the outside you can put a vent in it just a screened opening to help relieve stagnant air. Or if you are going to vent up through a roof or other method try to get two vents one on the outside...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a 2' extension, concrete slab, gas fireplace
concrete slab, gas fireplace, calgary ab: Hi Rick, This addition will require a building permit and to get this you will have to show how you intend to support the structure without a cantilever. A slab will move with frost but piers may be an option otherwise consult an engineer. The job itself...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding, adding ...., bruce e johnson, delray beach
bruce e johnson, delray beach, alfredo: Hi Alfredo, No I don t work in your area or know any contractors over there that do residential remodeling. As far as cost goes, figure at least sixty to a hundred dollars a square foot depending on what type of construction and how you finish it out. I...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding Brick to existing home, rotten wood, maintance
rotten wood, maintance, existing home: well that can be trouble simply because you never know what you will find behind the vinyl since it can hide alot of problems such as water damage,rotten wood just to name a couple,but with that said adding brick to your homes exterior is a great way to cut...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding another bedroom with full bath, plumbing, cox
plumbing, cox, additions: Send a picture of the patio the house and explained what you want to do. I will tell you more. You have to know the additions are very costly so you should plan on doing a lot of the work your self it you have more time than money. The bedroom it not much...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding brick ledge to existing poured concrete walls, bruce e johnson, brick veneer
bruce e johnson, brick veneer, poly rope: Hi Bob, this is the way I do brick veneer on block walls. First I waterproof the wall with a good mastic. Then I take six inch wide concrete block and build from the footing up with concrete filled six inch block to ground level. Filled solid with concrete...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding to concrete slab, foot slab, concrete slab
foot slab, concrete slab, control joints: Hi Sid, What you are referring to are called control joints . And just as you mentioned they try to control the cracking to specific locations. I would definately redo the one on the slab you are topping in the same place as the original one since it will...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding door in supporting wall, bruce e johnson, rim joist
bruce e johnson, rim joist, wall studs: Hi John, it depends on what is bearing on the wall and how it is bearing. If floor joists break on the wall then yes you will need to support them while you add the new header. This can be done from above if it is an attic space and you can get a temporary...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding on to existing house, concrete blocks, concrete foundation
concrete blocks, concrete foundation, brickwork: Jimmy, You have two options with regard s to height of block s 1.If your extension is of timber kit then it will be built of concrete blocks/brick up to floor wall plate ie; timber plate your floor joist will rest on. Your concrete foundation should go...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding onto an exsisting foundation wall, odd angles, foundation contractor
odd angles, foundation contractor, exsisting: Jon, The wall should be drilled for rebar pins (I would use #4 bar at 12 inch centers), and they should be secured with epoxy capsules. Drill the holes at odd angles, slightly off vertical. The mating surface of the old concrete should be coated with...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a footing to slab on grade foundation, patio slab, new footing
patio slab, new footing, foundation slab: I agree. More vegetation will help prevent erosion. Also try and divert as much water away from that area as possible. Make sure the new fill dirt is compacted and sodded immeduiately to keep it from washing further. I do not think a footer will help. The...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a garage door, concrete cutting company, bruce e johnson
concrete cutting company, bruce e johnson, demo work: Hi Richard, Yes you can remove the wall all the way down below the garage slab three or four inches and then pour a cap level with the existing garage floor out of concrete. If you want a real nice cut with minimal dust, call a concrete cutting company. ...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a garage and remodeling a tuck under garage, adding a garage, cement blocks
adding a garage, cement blocks, local materials: As rar as costs are concerned, I c ouldn t be sure. Your local materials and l;abor costs are sure to be different than mine. And, the walkway/breezeway certainly can be done, just a matter of time and money......... cutting cement blocks can also be done....

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding onto a manufactured home, concrete ribbons, roof trusses
concrete ribbons, roof trusses, knowledgeable answers: Hi again Ron, that is the easy part. Try to maintain an inch to half inch separation between the two walls. Use a corresponding backing rod (which is a foam rod that you press into the space) and then caulk with a good urethane caulk such as Eucolastic or...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a porch with roof, bruce e johnson, borders books
bruce e johnson, borders books, barnes and noble: Hi Tommy, the attachment process is pretty basic. You lag bolt a ledger board to the wall and use joist hangers attached to the ledger board for your rafters. Look at the magazine rack at Home Depot there are several books for this or similar types of projects....

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding a room, bruce e johnson, hook ups
bruce e johnson, hook ups, adding a room: Hi John, depending on how easy it is to access the plumbing hook-ups (sewer and water) and how much extra electrical work you will have to do on your main panel and what types of finishes you are using outside and inside. Your costs can vary from $50 a sq...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adding on, asphalt shingles, wauchula fl
asphalt shingles, wauchula fl, steel insulated panels: I am not too sure about availability. I purchase the steel from Universal Steel in Wauchula, Fl. The cost is about $14.00 for a 6 x 10 steel stud. These studs are per-punched with a unique hole pattern which allows brackets and track to line up and make...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, square foot range, roofing material
square foot range, roofing material, spot survey: Hi GIOBB, remodeling your garage should cost in the 30-50 dollar per square foot range depending on how fancy you get with the bathroom fixtures. This cost could rise if you don t have any nearby plumbing to tie into for sewer hook-up. Adding a three car...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, bruce e johnson, floor joists
bruce e johnson, floor joists, span tables: Hi Mike, you can do a little fudging. You are going to have to get your material from a truss company anyhow. They have qualified engineers on staff that can design and calculate a floor system to suit your needs. I hope this information helps feel free...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to 3 bay garage/shop, trussed roof, walking floor
trussed roof, walking floor, bay garage: Hi Sue/Joe, From the configuration you describe you can basically do any roof pitch or style you want. You can go with a shallower pitch like a 6/12 or a steeper pitch as you mentioned 12/12. If you want your roof peaks to match you can do that too and just...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, floor joists, floor trusses
floor joists, floor trusses, roof trusses: Hi Mike, I think you should consider floor trusses, they can t be much more expensive than a 2x12x20. You will have no floor movement when using these. Also, they can be used at 24 spacing. I m not sure what you mean by 2x4 s spanning the trusses......

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, setback requirements, drainfield
setback requirements, drainfield, county environmental health: Carlos, Setback requirements vary from county to county. A typical minimum distance is 10 feet, but this may not be the case in your area. Contact Osceola County Environmental Health at (407) 343-2070. As far as enlarging the septic system to account...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, local health department, walking closet
local health department, walking closet, drainfield: Hello Carlos, Local codes will dictate those answers for you. The best advise I have for you is to check with your local health department, or local municipality (ie City, Township, County or even State). They would normally govern those restrictions....

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, bruce e johnson, cocreate
bruce e johnson, cocreate, stilts: Hi Yvonne, I am assuming you live in an area where no building plans or permits are required? Usually local building departments will advise you of improper codes or code violations. If the 4x4s are close enough together and they are braced properly to keep...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, girder truss, load bearing wall
girder truss, load bearing wall, roof truss: Terry, The details you provided in your follow-up don t put me at ease about the structural adequacy of your contractor s design. Depending on the span of your existing (site-built, you mentioned) trusses, and a couple of other factors, the load on...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to Brick Craftsman home, wood frame construction, brian mcelroy
wood frame construction, brian mcelroy, stucco contractor: If you can find a supplier for the brick, you can have them cut into thin slices and use them over top of a frame/stucco finish. The other thing you can do is to visit some ofthe web sites of some of the old 2 story Craftsman homes in California and mimic...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to block home, bruce e johnson, metal lathe
bruce e johnson, metal lathe, concrete slab: Hi Jeremiah, You can add a frame room with a concrete slab to a block house as long as you get an engineer to sign off on the design. It is done all of the time. Depending on how you want the room finished on the exterior, probably stucco, then masonry vs.wood...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to brick wall, bruce e johnson, brick wall
bruce e johnson, brick wall, reglet: Hi Steve, you might need to remove enough of the brick at the roof tie in to ensure a waterproof seal. Or you can cut a reglet into the existing brick and install flashing into the saw cut and the caulk it well with a good urethane caulk. But other than...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to home, slab on grade, cost per square foot
slab on grade, cost per square foot, electrical boxes: Hi Debra. I am in Florida and construction costs are totally different as well as the type of construction. Normally, bathrooms cost about $3,000.00 General construction, if slab on grade which requires no filling or extra courses of concrete block should...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to back of house and gable roof, bruce e johnson, saltbox design
bruce e johnson, saltbox design, gable roof: Hi Jim, you can order fifty foot trusses and a valley set that would work just fine giving you a perpendicular gable and two valleys. I think that would be easier than adding a false roof which essentially would make your roof a saltbox design. You will...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition to house with trussed roof, floor trusses, roof trusses
floor trusses, roof trusses, trussed roof: Greg, Lots of additions are built onto houses with trusses. I m not sure what your particular issues might be. Are you talking about roof trusses or floor trusses? Will the trusses be cut, disturbed, laid upon, joined to, or otherwise be involved in...

Building Homes or Extensions: Back Addition to Los Angeles Home, bruce e johnson, floor addition
bruce e johnson, floor addition, sill plates: Hi again Adolfo, first of all you need a footing. If it is a one story wood frame addition you can probably get by with sixteen inches wide by ten inches thick. I would prefer to go two feet wide by twelve inches thick with the three foot stem wall you...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition needs to be re-built, inch pitch, shed roof
inch pitch, shed roof, luck dave: mike, i was thinking that in CA that there wouldn t be much movement between the slabs...but i since realize you do have the occassional tremor...so i think you are doing the right thing by joining them. you can build your own trusses by making a pattern...

Building Homes or Extensions: Addition, patio slab, bech
patio slab, bech, porches: Your local building and zoning will determine the distance allowed from a property line. In Tampa, accessory structres like garages or sheds can be built within 3 of the line. However, attached strucures, like porches, must remain as the house setbacks, usually...

Building Homes or Extensions: Additions: Building Up vs Building Back, san mateo ca, bungalo
san mateo ca, bungalo, structure changes: first thing to look at is whether the existing foundation will support a second story,but with that said i ll tell you in my experiences cost of building up is about 40 to 60 percent more exspensive also alot of areas the building codes wont permit a build...

Building Homes or Extensions: Adhering Stone to a Concrete Wall, masonry ties, type s mortar mix
masonry ties, type s mortar mix, bruce e johnson: Hi Tom, a type S mortar mix in a fifty pound bag with one extra shovel of portland cement is a good mix. The extra shovel of cement makes it stick a little better. But you can buy superior mortar mixes pre mixed at most home improvement stores. Just add...

Building Homes or Extensions: Advance Deposits to Contractors, blah blah, small claims court
blah blah, small claims court, registered mail: MICHAEL, FIRST OFF EVEN IF YOU HAD FILED ALL THE APPROPRIATE PRE LEIN INFO, IT DOSEN T MEAN A THING UNLESS YOU HAVE A CONTRACTOR THAT IS WILLING TO BE HONORABLE! BOTTOM LINE. YOU COULD FILE A SUIT IN SMALL CLAIMS COURT AND HOPE WHEN YOU HAVE THE JUDGMENT...

Building Homes or Extensions: Alaska Cabin Foundation Question, rim joists, masonry blocks
rim joists, masonry blocks, eastern alaska: Pete, I ve been re-reading your letter but I still can t fully envision what you are trying to do. Are the footings underground or above ground? Are you in an area of permafrost? Are your planned footings made of masonry blocks? From, your description...

Building Homes or Extensions: Aluminum replacement windows and weird masonry opening, aluminum replacement windows, awning windows
aluminum replacement windows, awning windows, cold chisel: Hi Andrew, unfortunately your new windows were measured incorrectly. The new windows should have been built to the inside dimension of the precast window opening instead of to the size of the original window for the obvious reason you mentioned above. You...

Building Homes or Extensions: Aluminum roof, brian mcelroy, tile roofing
brian mcelroy, tile roofing, barrel tile: Metal roofing is great. You do need special connectors and a different attachment schedule than normal. Generally, the panel manufacturer can give you the information you need. Check with them first. I use a lot of permatile roofing. they have a great variety...

Building Homes or Extensions: Architect and wall installation, recepticals, inflated price
recepticals, inflated price, electrical outlets: JOE, I M AFRAID NOT KNOWING ALL THE PATICULARS OF THE SITE, WHAT IS A FAIR AND REASONABLE PRICE. THE ONE THING YOU HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT WITH A SMALL PROJECT YOUR NOT ABLE TO GET ANY ECONOMY FROM YOUR TRADES SO IT LOOKS LIKE YOU PAYING AN INFLATED...

Building Homes or Extensions: Aristocrat Cabinets, bruce e johnson, aristocrat cabinets
bruce e johnson, aristocrat cabinets, transparent stains: Hi Leisa, the cabinets might darken with age depending on whether or not the cabinet company is using the same finish they did eight years ago. If they have had problems with color change over the years they may have changed the formula on their stain and...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attaching a deck to concrete block walls, concrete block walls, free standing deck
concrete block walls, free standing deck, cement block: I am unclear as to the application based on your description, however, there are ways like using a steel beam or you can pour cement or use a pre-cast beam for the load. All these would need to be engineered. I recommend writing to Bruce Johnson on this panel....

Building Homes or Extensions: Attaching eye bolts to roof, fabric awning, rafter tails
fabric awning, rafter tails, roof rafter: HI Matt, I suppose it s ok to attach your eye bolts to the roof rafter as long as you seal it up properly to prevent water from penetrating through and eventually ruining your roof structure. If you can see the rafters under your overhang I m confused as to...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attaching ledger board to slab foundation, lag bolts, pier footings
lag bolts, pier footings, exterior brick: Hi Jesse, lag bolts will work. But you need long enough ones to get to the concrete behind the brick. Get some eight or seven inch ones. Drill a larger hole in the brick than what you need for the lag shield. Then drill the proper sized hole for the lag...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attaching wood framing to brick wall, mortar joints, exterior brick
mortar joints, exterior brick, brick wall: There are a couple of ways: You can drill and use lead shields then anchor the 2x4 with screws into the shield. There are also some newer version of the same using just a masonry screw by just drilling into the masonry and using no shields...the screws...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attachment of Hnadrail to cultured stone column, tapcon concrete screws, bruce e johnson
tapcon concrete screws, bruce e johnson, concrete piers: Hi Gary, you never mentioned what kind of material the cultured stone is attached to. Is it masonry or wood? Or are the columns built completely from the cultured stone? Long tapcon (concrete) screws would work well if you are attaching to masonry or the...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attic convertions, bruce e johnson, cold climes
bruce e johnson, cold climes, insulation factor: Hi again James, ok that makes sense now. I think you can get by with an r-19 insulation which is six inch. If the ceiling is in place underneath it would even be cheaper to have an insulation company shoot some blown in insulation between the joist before...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attic Insulation, blown fiberglass insulation, osb flooring
blown fiberglass insulation, osb flooring, attic insulation: You can contact most insulation installers. Look for icynene certified people. 2 x 6 bottom cords are normally required and engineered for stoage. I brought up the truss issue because if you have a home under warranty, the first issue they look for is...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attic Ladders, bruce e johnson, attic ladder
bruce e johnson, attic ladder, attic ladders: Hi Doug, I see what you mean. Most taller ladders require a longer opening. Check out this website:http://www.architecturalstairs.com They have an accordion type stair that uses a smaller opening in length but it is a little wider.. I hope this information...

Building Homes or Extensions: Attic reno, knee wall, home thanks
knee wall, home thanks, available space: Hi Ann, Your attic should be easy to convert but will need work. The ceiling will need upgraded to floor specs and the roof supports may need moved higher and a knee wall built around as well as furring the rafters for insulation and venting. I would suggest...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding above enclosed porch, roof joists, bruce e johnson
roof joists, bruce e johnson, water piping: Hi Kathy, You can probably add more above your porch with some modifications in your porch foundation. You might need to beef up the piers or add some extra around the perimeter. You would also need to beef up the roof joists of the porch. Most roof joists...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding apartment, bruce e johnson, cinder block
bruce e johnson, cinder block, cape style: Hi Laurie, I would guesstimate that an addition of this magnitude will cost 60-70 thousand dollars but could run more depending on the structural issues involved such as you mentioned regarding the foundation. How the foundation gets reinforced will depend...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding a door, luck dave, couple feet
luck dave, couple feet, i beam: Hi ken, Sounds like the beam is taking care of the load, so you shouldn t need a header. But ideally there should be at least a double 2 x4 over the door and on either side. This is to keep the door from wiggling the framing when used. Cut the hole 4...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding floor, bruce e johnson, ledger board
bruce e johnson, ledger board, floor joists: Hi Alanna, You did not mention how large the area is that you need to enclose. The width of the room at it s widest and the width at it s narrowest will determine the cost as these dimensions will tell me what size floor joists you will need to make up the...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding footers to pre-existing slab, thick slab, mail info
thick slab, mail info, footers: Brad, I don t know the circumstances of your project, such as where you are located (this affects frost considerations), the configuration of the roof, post spacing (I assume with a 50 patio you need more than just corner footings), and the reasons you...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding an in-law suite, brian mcelroy, remodeling contractors
brian mcelroy, remodeling contractors, worthwhile pursuit: I understand your frustration. First, the lot has to accomodate an addition. Many lots are too small and there are setback problems. Also, often trees, septic tanks, etc. are in the way. Thirdly, many areas, like here in Tampa, require that the entire home...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding on a room on a trailer house, bruce e johnson, metal overlay
bruce e johnson, metal overlay, concrete slab: Hi Dennis, this will work because the sleeper 2x4s you are attaching your metal to will give you the necessary air space above the insulation needed for circulation. With this method of framing your venting to the outside should occur at the ends of the 2x4s....

Building Homes or Extensions: adding on top of a concrete slab...or a better idea, cement slab, water floods
cement slab, water floods, concrete slab: Hi again Emily, Latex bonding agents... In some situations it may be a suitable alternative and it certainly wouldn t hurt to use it. Personally, the older the concrete, the less likley it is to perform as you would hope. This is the case with acid etching...

Building Homes or Extensions: adding a window in concrete block, concrete lintel, masonry blade
concrete lintel, masonry blade, concrete block wall: Hi Joe, it depends a lot on your actual construction. If your home has a continuous bond beam or tie beam around it at the top of the wall then, depending on the width of your new window, you can probably just cut out an opening to size. This is if the window...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition, doublewide, preference
doublewide, preference: i don t understand your question enough to answer it as to where to add it. it is your preference as to where you would like it, but without the layout of the trailer in question i couldn t tell you what would be the best location for your addition sorry...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition, ft span, moisture accumulation
ft span, moisture accumulation, rot proof: Randall, No. 2 or better southern yellow pine (I m assuming that your treated lumber is SYP) can handle the 7.5 ft. span at normal residential loading. I can t say if your doubled sill is adequate without knowing more about how it is supported. In most...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition, bruce e johnson, roof trusses
bruce e johnson, roof trusses, gable end: Hi Mike, you can do a gable end on the new addition also if you want. To do this if your roofs will share the same interior wall you will need to put a cricket between the two roofs. This is small section of roof that allows the water between the two pitches...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition, family room addition, brick veneer
family room addition, brick veneer, floor joists: Hi again Phil, I know of no code requirements regarding how many windows you need in a basement. If it is a local issue you will need to talk to the code officials in your area. If it is a requirement please email me back and let me know so I can file it...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition, heat loss calculations, home architect
heat loss calculations, home architect, home designers: Phil, You will need a set of permit drawings to obtain your building permit. The extent of these, and level of detail needed, will depend on your municipality; check with them. These can be produced by a drafter, as opposed to a designer, if you are...

Building Homes or Extensions: How much should my addition cost? And is it worth it?, bruce e johnson, better business bureau
bruce e johnson, better business bureau, concrete slab: Hi Essence, Unfortunately a hundred bucks a sq. foot is a fairly common construction price nowadays. Concrete and wood prices are through the roof and labor has been steadily climbing up also. Your best bet is to get some plans drawn up and put it out to several...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition cost, floor joists, cheap carpet
floor joists, cheap carpet, rule of thumb: Hi Dave, here in Florida remodelling costs for additions run from $65-150 a square foot. This is when you hire someone to do a turn key project, and it depends on how you finish it outside and inside. The 65 dollar cost is a bare bones project with cheap...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition to house, lenhart, concrete floor
lenhart, concrete floor, garage floor: that shouldn t affect the concrete floor but i would advise you to get the foundation for your addition poured as quick as you can to avoid weather eroding out the dirt under the existing floor i hope this helps you with your project if i can be of further...

Building Homes or Extensions: An addition to house, notice of commencement, key project
notice of commencement, key project, room addition: Hi again Burak, I am familiar with south Florida but it has been 10 years since I lived there. Again, as I mentioned previously, cost usually depends on the structural and architectural aspects of a project. I am presently part of a design-build consortium...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition to mobile, bruce e johnson, wall studs
bruce e johnson, wall studs, pier foundation: Hi Nick, it all kind of depends on where you live and if you are subject to certain building codes. Building codes may require a permanent foundation which will need a footing around the perimeter. If your building codes allow or you don t have any codes...

Building Homes or Extensions: addition to a mobile home, square foot range, online tool
square foot range, online tool, mobile home: There are many variables to consider. Will there be plumbing? What type of foundation, finishes, windows? Are you planning to do the work yourself or contract it out? Try an online tool such as building-cost.net for rough planning purposes. It will probably...