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Exterior Timber Decking and Cladding

2 Question: We were looking at cladding part of a house we are currently working on with timber with some sections on a curved face Please advise Answer: It is difficult to fit horizontal timber cladding to a curved wall although by making a series of vertical cuts in the backs of the boards they can be made more flexible You could discuss this with your carpenter and see whether a couple of

Foundation Repair

For larger problems especially those found in house and commercial building foundation shifting hydraulic piers are typically used to lift and stabilize the foundation Piering involves the use of strategically placed mechanical jacks to lift the settled beam to grade The beam must be raised carefully to avoid further or unnecessary damage

How to Soundproof a Room

These steps are easier if the home is still under construction but it can still be done if the walls are already erected Step 1 - Install Plumbing Wiring and HVAC If the walls are still under construction make sure all the electrical wiring plumbing and duct work is

Concrete Slab Surface Defects: Causes Prevention Repair

2014-4-14water rising through the plastic concrete get trapped under an already sealed airtight surface Experienced concrete finishers attribute blistering to three principal causes: 1 An excess amount of entrapped air held within the concrete by a high percentage of material passing the 600 m 300 m and 150 m (No 30 50 and 100) sieves

Footing Uplift

2010-11-18Folks When you calculate the uplift load on a footing the code requires the use 0 6D + W Assume this gives a net uplift of 30 kips When you calculate your resistance to uplift in terms of the footing weight and the weight of a truncated soil pyramid (based on a 30 degree angle) do you use a 0 6 factor on the uplift resistance and compare it to the above calculated uplift of 30 kips?

The Constructor

1 The evaluation of the liquefaction potential of soils in seismic-prone region is essential for site selection planning and construction of structures One can assess liquefaction potential through standard blasting tests and ground response analysis laboratory tests and expertise The

Foundation Movement in Pier and Beam House

The beam which encloses the crawl space created by the pedestals supports the wood beams that make up the floor and wall framing Generally speaking the weight of an average house is spread over two to three dozen piers Moving Pier and Beam Foundation Problems with pier and beam foundation generally occur due to decaying piers This

How to Build Small Dams

Dams built up on small scale by compacting successive layers of earth using the most impervious materials to form a core and placing more permeable substances on the upstream and downstream sides A facing of crushed stone prevents erosion by wind or rain and a suitable spillway usually of concrete protects against catastrophic overflow of the dam

about post and beams and stone foundations

So the home we are building will have post and beams made from white pine that has been cured and had the bark and cambium removed We are planning on submerging them in a stone foundation resting on a concrete footing with gravel back fill the beams will go all the way to the footing We were planning on using creosote where the beam will be touching stone or cement because we will not be

How to Lift a Sinking Concrete Slab

In this video This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows how to lift a sinking concrete slab Steps: 1 Cut through slab with gas-powered saw fitted with 12-inch diamond blade that'll allow the sunken slab to lift up 2 Use diamond-tipped core drill to bore several large-diameter holes through slab

Tips to Keep Your Pier and Beam Foundation Healthy

The pier and beam arrangement make the inspection quite easy You need to see how the post connects to the beam If the pier shifts position under the beam it's a clear sign of unwanted structural movement Should you find any problems in the crawl space it's important to get professional help


2007-1-4EXAMPLE: If a road culvert is to last 25 years with a 40% chance of failure during the design life it should be designed for a 49-year peak flow event (i e 49-year recurrence interval) When streamflow records are not available peak discharge can be estimated by the rational method or formula and is recommended for use on channels draining less than 80 hectares (200 acres):

Bonding To Existing Concrete

The most effective way to ensure that the bonding agent gets into the existing concrete is to apply it directly using a brush or rag It can be sprayed if you happen to have a sprayer Although the directions say that you can use it as part of the mix water direct application works better

Pier and Beam Foundation Maintenance Tips

This is the most critical tip in pier and beam maintenance For a foundation to remain strong a good drainage system is needed A foundation is exposed to damage when moisture seeps under the foundation During the dry season the ground becomes dry and when heavy rains begin water accumulates under the house

A literary tour of the United Kingdom

Wordsworth House and Garden (Cockermouth Cumbria) This is the house where the poet William Wordsworth spent his free-range childhood and cultivated his love of nature Now under the care of the National Trust it's pretty much as the Wordsworths left it when William moved out in 1778 following the death of his mother

How to Level a Floor in an Old House

With foundation problems this is an identifiable problem and there are companies that specialize in foundation repair The sill (the wooden part of the house that rests on the foundation footer) may have deteriorated either due to rot water termites or carpenter ants

Masonry Wall Systems

2 Water penetration through exterior masonry elements exposed to rain should be anticipated Water typically flows through separations between the mortar and the units This can be due to bond separations voids and cracks Water penetration can also occur although typically to a lesser degree due to absorption through the units and mortar

Footings Below Water Table Misplaced Footings

Footing Below Water Table When water is pooled in the trench the author recommends placing large cobbles in the form bottom and compacting them down into the mud Muck and water may fill the spaces between stones but contact between the stones will provide bearing Be sure to use a stiff concrete mix when you cast the footings

Pier Failure in Pier and Beam House Foundations

Stop moisture intrusion – the soil under a pier and beam house should have zero moisture content In the example shown here a new pad and block system will need to be installed to support the beam At Granite Foundation Repair over half of the pier and beam problems that we repair could be fixed by stopping moisture accumulation under a house

Pros and Cons of Pier and Beam Foundations

Pros of Pier and Beam Foundations Preventing and detecting termites is easier in a pier and beam foundation This is because before reaching the wood (assuming that no wood is in contact with the ground) the termites must tunnel along the concrete piers and/or wall in the crawlspace of a pier and beam foundation Normally the tunnels are

Seattle Attic Crawl Space Cleaning Insulation Install

2020-6-24Protect your home from structural damage due to water vapor and improve air quality by eliminating the sources of mold mildew and off-gassing from your crawl space Get Details We're committed to being the best attic and crawl space cleaning and insulation contractor and will do the job right the first time every time

Rocks under wooden shed ramp?

2015-3-4I originally dug a 2 inch deep trench under each support and placed bricks in each trench so that the ramp supports would not be laying directly on the soil The problem I am having is that every winter when the ground freezes the soil heaves up and the ramp rises about 4 inches preventing me from opening the shed doors

Structural Porch Column Rot Repair

The "T" formed from two board keeps the support surface rigid preventing each board from bending on their flats I install 3-in nails every 12 inches to secure the two boards together Protect the overhead structure with blocking to distribute the pressure

Building a cabin on posts

Cabin Forum/Blog: I will build a 16x16 cabin near the ocean in Maine this coming August A local who I was hoping to have set some posts for me before my arrival quoted $3k After getting back into my seat I am now setting off to do this myself too (with teenage sons) I need to know if 4 6x6 pt corner posts are adequate to support the load or if I need a 5th (middle) post or 6 or 8?

Metal Straps

The DTT2Z is a safe cost-effective way to The DTT2Z is a safe cost-effective way to attach deck-railing posts to the deck framing for stronger safer railings Because the post is tied back into the deck joists rather than to the rim joist alone the connection is stronger than typical through-bolt installations

A literary tour of the United Kingdom

Wordsworth House and Garden (Cockermouth Cumbria) This is the house where the poet William Wordsworth spent his free-range childhood and cultivated his love of nature Now under the care of the National Trust it's pretty much as the Wordsworths left it when William moved out in 1778 following the death of his mother

Top 10 Best Foundation Contractors in Saint Louis MO

2020-8-3High Dry offers Free Estimates for waterproofing and foundation repair We specialize in cost effective crack injection wall stabilization and interior drain systems We inject the cracks from the inside of the home filling the void the crack created top to bottom inside and out preventing water from entering in the foundation