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Thanks for the feedback. I saw the two...

Thanks for the feedback.

I saw the two different types of block: regular and light weight. I assumed the regular would be the best choice for strength.

We are building a perimeter wall for a...
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Posted By shoeless

Sounds like a grade/slope problem. Look at the...

Sounds like a grade/slope problem. Look at the area in question. The soil should slope down to carry water away from your house. I think the minimum slope is something like 6" for every 10'.

If...
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Posted By shoeless

Concrete Block Confusion

Is there some special concrete block made just for load-bearing walls?

I am confused. I need 8 X 8 X 16 blocks for a crawl space. I was planning on using standard weight blocks (the ones with the...
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Posted By shoeless

Frost Line Under House?

Building a crawl space foundation. Question. Should the frost line be measured from under the house or outside the house?

I ask because with my current plan the top of some of the footers will...
05-19-09, 06:42 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Thanks for the posts everyone! Good info and...

Thanks for the posts everyone! Good info and insight.

We will not be keeping any part of the current roof. (We may put the wood towards a workshop or something later.)

The new structure has a...
05-18-09, 03:13 PM
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Posted By shoeless

There currently is not a foundation, to speak of....

There currently is not a foundation, to speak of. It looks like the house originally had wooden 6 X 6 piers. They are still there (just very rotted.) Now, in addition to the wooden piers, there...
05-18-09, 09:25 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Wood rots. Period. If you want it to last, use...

Wood rots. Period. If you want it to last, use concrete and rebar.

But, of course, the power companies use wood poles. So do the railroad companies. I assume you could find out what they do to...
05-18-09, 08:20 AM
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Posted By shoeless

We are re-doing the foundation to handle a...

We are re-doing the foundation to handle a 2-story. And, of course, I will be consulting an engineer for approval on both the foundation and the second-story addition.

I just like to get a few...
05-18-09, 07:15 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Raising Wall Heights

Every wall in my house is currently measuring 87-1/2" from hardwood to sheetrock. I want to raise the height of all my ceilings to somewhere around 9 foot.

We will be completely removing the...
05-15-09, 11:35 AM
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Posted By shoeless

PATTBAA Doesn't the 100/200 amp thing have...

PATTBAA

Doesn't the 100/200 amp thing have something to do with the wire gauge? If the electrician adds another box and supplies all the circuits connected to it with 100 amps, would the wire...
05-15-09, 09:46 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Thanks everybody. I love this forum. Just...

Thanks everybody. I love this forum.

Just like to make sure what I am being told is popular opinion. I don't have clue about electricity.
05-15-09, 08:37 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Hum, hadn't thought of that. Any ideas for a...

Hum, hadn't thought of that. Any ideas for a durable material anyone? Is cedar the best choice if I go with wood?

Here's a crazy thought; how about using cedar and then having a powder coating...
05-15-09, 06:30 AM
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Posted By shoeless

I checked the main breaker. It says 200. ...

I checked the main breaker. It says 200.

Does that change any opinions?
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Posted By shoeless

Thanks 21 boat. This might be confusing to...

Thanks 21 boat.

This might be confusing to explain. The house is a traditional stick construction with 2 X 4's. However, the foundation is the type you would find under a mobile home. I don't...
05-15-09, 06:09 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Wow. Thanks for all the replies! I had...

Wow. Thanks for all the replies!

I had another thought. Instead of wood, how about composite decking material? To my knowledge, it does dot shrink, warp or bend very easily. Granted, there...
05-14-09, 11:19 AM
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Posted By shoeless

The most impressive thing I have ever seen comes...

The most impressive thing I have ever seen comes from Llumar. It is a film that bonds to the glass. While the glass can be cracked, it is unlikely anyone would go through the trouble of continuing...
05-14-09, 10:55 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Build Casement Windows

I was looking a some casement windows.

Our house will have over 20 windows. Most of the nice windows I have seen range between $500 and $700 each.

Casement windows don't look that...
05-14-09, 08:07 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Thanks for the input everybody. How do I...

Thanks for the input everybody. How do I determine if it is currently 100, 150 or 200?

If I submit the wiring diagram that I created would that be useful? I obviously had no clue what I was...
05-14-09, 07:22 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Number of Outlets

I had some electrical problems the other day. They have been fixed now, thanks to this forum!

Now, I have a new question. While tracing all of the wires in my house (trying to solve the previous...
05-14-09, 07:00 AM
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Posted By shoeless

HotinOKC Not trying to direct people...

HotinOKC

Not trying to direct people elsewhere. Just thought it was a useful explanation (with a handy illustration). Sistering joists can be a difficult task when it comes to getting the new...
05-13-09, 10:24 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Try "Sisters for Bouncy Joists" on the web. ...

Try "Sisters for Bouncy Joists" on the web. There is a detailed response from Mr. Bob Villa (with a drawing!).
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Posted By shoeless

Thanks GBR in WA I will be consulting an...

Thanks GBR in WA

I will be consulting an engineer, getting permits and hiring a work crew for the tough stuff.

I am just trying to figure it all out in my head. I wasn't even sure if it was...
05-13-09, 06:30 AM
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Posted By shoeless

Thanks everybody. Problem resolved. You guys...

Thanks everybody. Problem resolved. You guys nailed it from the beginning.

The power company showed up. Originally he said "I don't see any problem". But, he checked again. And then, again...
05-12-09, 02:29 PM
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Posted By shoeless

ibpooks Thanks for the detailed feedback. ...

ibpooks

Thanks for the detailed feedback. The more I learn the better I feel.

An electrician did lower the meter. He is the same one that sort of smiled when I asked if he had any rough idea...
05-12-09, 01:53 PM
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Posted By shoeless

I'll have my wife turn off the 30 and 50. ...

I'll have my wife turn off the 30 and 50.

Yes, I called the power company but they are not there yet.

I am just trying to figure out what I can do on my own to help find the problem if it turns...
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