Framing lumber and structural sheathing (plywood/OSB) are highly resistant to the effects of weather. (It sits outdoors in the lumber yard for mont...
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Treat the attice as a regular floor in the house. No insulation below and insulate above. Make sure that the insulation above "breathes" or else ou...
No. Eighty percent of the heat loss in a house occurs thru the roof. Insulating in this case is overkill.
In all probability you will need a building permit and plot plan showing the garage in relationship to lot lines to secure local government approva...
The brick will provide no lateral support or resistance to racking. Foam sheathing requires lateral and corner bracing. Properly installed in accor...
You can probably remove the interior wall If your rafters are pre-fabricated roof trusses which normally only bear on the outside walls and require...
Septic tamks need to be pumped out periodically.You need to provide an access hatch acces for the "honey dipper".
I've just went thru a similar analysis. I concluded that repairing and refacing cheapo builder cabinets and topping them with corian is a bad inves...
Interesting you should ask. I am dealing with a similar problem. My reearch suggest that the mix you suggest is the "old timers" way of enhancing t...
In the bath use Hardibacker screwed to the joists Tape the joints with a fiberglass drywall mesh and flash patch them with the thinset mortar. In ...
The purpose of the tape and the mortar is to form a continuous membrane thereby preventing moisture from entering the substrate. Its easy...use fib...
In a newly constructed house the dead loading requirements on the second floor should be about 80-100# psf. That would suggest the weight being dis...
Interesting you should ask. I live in a townhome community with poured in place above grade concrete floors. The installation of 3/4" plank hardwoo...
Value is determined in the marketplace...willing buyer-willing seller. There can be variations of 25% on a street by street-house by house basis. T...
If you have an expensive home where where, say 25%, of similar priced homes in you area have pools it will not detract from value. It may not, howe...
Historic Preservation Programs are usually administered on a local or state level. In many cases progams are available resulting in significant fin...
I have been a homebuilder for 15 years. A reputable homebuilder should never object to an inspection by a "qualified inspector" during normal busin...
Four possibilitoes. The vent stack inside the walls exiting the roof thru the attic is disconnected or blocked; A fan is drawing the vent gasses in...