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  1. Carpentry
    Concrete contractor poured the stem walls for my garage with 2x4 embedded in them. As far as I can tell they aren't pressure treated. My framer tells me that these are there to nail the sill plate between wedge anchors. Can this be an issue from the concrete wicking moisture onto these 2x4 ...
  2. Concrete & Paving
    Cold weather is approaching. It will be a walkout basement with poured basement walls and a suspended garage floor. Question is: Can I do backfill, the suspended garage floor and framing/roof/windows and then pour the basement slab? An old thread mostly favoured the slab after framing, but...
  3. Concrete & Paving
    I'm building a 40x36 pole barn shop with the intent of parking a semi truck and backhoe inside. I'd like a heated floor. But in my rural area not many people actually do concrete professionally, its just a lot of handymen. And when I tell them my needs they say things that are very general use...
  4. Construction
    Hello, I was wondering if there would be any major issues by pouring a concrete foundation when there is light rain ? Trying to avoid it but it looks like there’s some chance of rain everyday for the next week. There are two days though where there is overall 40% chance of rain it looks like...
  5. General Discussion
    We had a concrete pad poured and built a retaining wall around it but now wanting to put railing around it with our baby getting bigger and older running around on the concrete it is a big fall off the retaining wall. We are looking to put railing around the pad we would like it on the...
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    NEW These sell for $1250 + retail. Buy for a fraction of the retail price. I had new seals installed and oiled the tool a few years ago. It has not been used since then. The seals dry out so the tool might need serviced again. Surepin® CT90 Plywood to Steel / Concrete Nail Gun Aerosmith...
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  7. Construction
    Hey folks, We are pouring a monoslab for a duplex soon and are planning on forming it with rigid foam board insulation reinforced with 2x6s. I've done it once before but it's been a while and I know there are folks here who may have more experience with it. Essentially the benefit is that we...
  8. Concrete & Paving
    Hello! There are several houses in my neighborhood in Seattle that have this style of indented step liner, but I can't find anything online that names or describes this style. I'm skeptical it's a custom thing because I've seen it on both seemingly high end and low end jobs around here...
  9. General Discussion
    Hi - I’m looking for answers on how to insulate the exterior of a poured concrete wall. I want the interior wall to be board finished and an architectural detail. I’m looking at some of it to be above grade insulation and would like to achieve an r30. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated
  10. Masonry
    Michigan home built 1997. I purchased in 2020. When I bought the home, there was a small hole in the garage floor (about the size of a Quarter). I patched it myself with concrete (see red highlighted area below). All was fine until this spring when things started thawing out. I noticed that...
  11. Concrete & Paving
    Hello I've been browsing the site for years and love the info but couldn't find an answer to this question so here it goes. We recently added a room addition to a home and had to pour the concrete for the basement floor in the winter. The foundation walls were in place so I was able to cover...
  12. Concrete & Paving
    Hey guy. Any idea of what causes these marks on sidewalks poured 3-4 months ago? Thank you for any info.
  13. Excavation & Site Work
    Hey all, just recently go into excavation. I’ve got a client here in maine that is looking to add a two car garage next to their house. There’s lots of ledge and the size of the garage he wants to build it has to have 4’ minimum footings per code. So question is, the house is only 15 feet from...
  14. Finish Carpentry
    We had this pad poured in early September and it has this weird coloration. I keep hoping it will turn a uniform color. The contractor who put it in claims it will still change and to give it more time, but I’ve never seen it take this long. Will it continue changing at this point?
  15. Masonry
    Hi, I am a landscape contractor, sort of young in the business so hoping to get some seasoned feedback. A potential client had a retaining wall built by another contractor, and their relationship went south. He abandoned the job last summer before completion, left his tools and materials there...
  16. Flooring
    As stated in the title I'm not well versed in construction at all. So I apologize if this is confusing or seems like a stupid question. I am looking into a very old warehouse building for a business. I've learned that the wood joist floor is in very bad shape and will need replacing. My...
  17. Concrete & Paving
    This may seem like a foolish question, but I am trying to work this out and cannot come up with a solid solution. We are remodeling a restaurant space for a property owner. The existing concrete floor is 12" below the threshold for the entryway and exit door. We have been asked to pour a new...
  18. Concrete & Paving
    4” stamped concrete with rebar. Was cut 24hours after pouring. Got cracked after a few days. Could be because the cut or wait too much to cut the concrete? It’s pretty close to the control line so I was wondering what are you thoughts. Thanks!!
  19. Masonry
    Looking for advice on Ardex CD installations... We've done quite a few projects with this material and it is great stuff, but wondering if any of you have had problems with patches you've done prior to installing the CD. After everything is cured the areas that I've patched are darker and the...
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