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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. Construction
    I am young man saving money to build a home size of about 800 to 1200 square foot house. I live in Southern California. what is the cheapest way I can build a house myself( I know sounds ridiculous), but I was thinking of hiring contractors for the siting and foundation and wood framing along...
  4. 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...
  5. Framing
    Hi guys, Following IRC 2018, do you see any issues with my plans for notching my sill plate as shown in my render? My concern is the size of the notch. This sill plate is at the edge of the foundation. Thanks in advance. FYI we are mostly a design firm but are getting involved very slowly with...
  6. Excavation & Site Work
    I have a client considering digging a full height room (at least 7’ tall) out of their existing crawlspace, but don’t want the added hassle of modifying the foundation. If they were to dig out a room, how far away from the existing footings would be safe to excavate to avoid compromising the...
  7. Architecture & Design
    I'm looking for input on how best to build a foundation wall with split face stretcher block with L block for a slab on grade application. I've attached a sketch of what I need, but here's a little more description. Frame wall will set on edge of L block with Zipboard and steel R panel. My...
  8. Masonry
    I have two additions being built on the same single story house. How should I tie the new foundations in to the 6" hollow block? Thanks in advance!
  9. Decks & Fencing
    I'm looking at at an addition that includes a room addition (about 1/3 width) and covered, raised porch (remaining 2/3 width), both under one roof (columns to beams on the porch side). If it was just a porch, I'd put it on a pier/post and beam foundation, designed for desired floor slope, with...
  10. Excavation & Site Work
    Hey there, I have a renovation going on with a walkout basement. The owners want to backfill the whole basement walkout on the backside which is about 60-70 feet in length and 9 feet high. It will slope down on the sides with a staircase leaving the front with a walk out. We have had an...
  11. Landscaping
    Really dumb homeowner here. I got suckered into buying 3 truckloads of salvaged granite. I want to use some pieces as a sitting-wall: e.g. slab is 20" tall x 10" wide x 6-7Ft long. In NE Ohio (frostline 38"), I am trying to figure out what foundation to use. Idea: I pour two or three...
  12. General Discussion
    Have one room that was added on years ago which is 3 steps higher than the rest of the house. Opened up the subfloor and there is room to lower the floor in order to make it level with rest of the house but by Code can I do it? The Footing for the "Added" room is slightly lower than existing...
  13. Windows, Siding and Doors
    I have a client that is asking us to install engineered wood siding over their concrete block foundation. It is an old Sears Roebuck house from the early 30s. The concrete block foundation is made out of those old rock-faced concrete blocks. We are installing a rainscreen on the upper portion...
  14. New Member Introductions
    Hello, this is my first time on this site. I hope that I can share any information that I have acquired. My company is Gordon Energy & Drainage. We are a basement wateproofing & foundation repair company in the Kansas City metro. We have been in business since 1972, and have about 35 employees...
  15. General Discussion
    Concrete floor repair leveling of house foundation, Dana Point California.
  16. Excavation & Site Work
    Anybody have any info on Superior Walls from 2005? know where i can find some?
  17. New Member Introductions
    This looks like a great place to share ideas, i am looking forward to discussing structural foundation repair and concrete contractor topics. We are located in Oakland CA home of the concrete freeways that collapsed during the 1989 earthquakes. Our company is Foundation Repair located at 777 W...
  18. Masonry
    Hello folks/Professionals, I need to drill a 3" hole through my poured concrete foundation below grade. It's a poured concrete foundation constructed back in 1954 with a sprayed membrane for waterproofing. I have been in this house for 14 yrs. and we've never had any water problems. Ok, I think...
  19. Construction
    I have a 25' x 40' pole barn in Kentucky, 15' tall (front) 11' tall (back). It has electricity installed and is only a couple of years old. It was built with 4x4 posts set directly in the ground. I was thinking I could save some money by converting it into a house rather than starting from...
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