I want to hang a hammock on my lanai/porch, but the walls are cement block covered with stucco. Will cement block hold that much weight (2 people = 300 lbs) safely? Can you recommend the best way to do this if so?
I'm re-insulating my attic and was wondering about the reflective foil barriers put on the underside of the roof. While I know they're good for preventing downward heat, does this pose any problem for the roof in terms of making it hotter and causing it to prematurely age?
- Dan M.
I installed new floor tile on our kitchen floor on Sunday; today is Wednesday and there are fine pieces of sand coming off. Not sure if I did not have enough water in the mix - I thought I did. Is my only option to scrape out the existing grout then try again?
I've heard that there is a new type of underlayment that replaces the old black tar paper. From what I understand, it's some sort of a membrane and you heat the overlaps. Is that correct?
I went to replace the ceiling exhaust fan in our laundry room and noticed the dead fan and the area around it was warm and moist. When I took the fan out I felt the dryer exhaust coming through. The dryer was running. Is that normal for a ceiling exhaust fan to be connected in any way with the dryer?
Should I use woven wire mesh on the inside or outside of a split rail fence?
The house I am looking to buy is half raised foundation and then has slab in the back addictions. I want to level the house and even the floors. The raised portion of the home also has the same level ceilings as the slab, so there are lower ceilings there.
In our home - constructed in 1920 - the builders attached the plaster directly to a wood burning chimney that also has the furnace vented through it. (We have never used the chimney due to the flue being stuck in the closed position.) We are thinking the chimney's brick is causing a moisture and mold problem on that wall. How would we be able insulate that area and hang the drywall to keep the moisture from returning and causing this issue all over again?
I have a sunroom in a house in CT that is approximately 280 square feet. I want to tap into my baseboard and add heat to the room. How do I do this so that the square footage gets recorded with the city? And if I put it in, when will I need to advise the city?
If I hang 5/8 drywall on 24"center, will it sag? How can I tell?
In my 100+ year old house we have an uneven bump in our floor from one basement jack that is too high. We plan to install laminate flooring upstairs but want to level the floor first. How can we lower the jack safely?
My kitchen floor wasn't level so someone reinforced it for me. They said water is seeping into the side of the home when it rains and the joints are rotted. Will my home fall? And will the reinforcement I had put in help?
I'm installing a French door with sidelights in place of a 94 x 75in window. Door dimensions are 96 x 80. What size header do I need?
I have a flat roof with a leak. Additionally, some stucco on the roof that has cracks. One person is telling me the leak is caused by the cracks and another is saying it's caused by a flat scupper. Will a roofer take care of both problems to insure the roof stops leaking?
We received a few estimates on replacing our metal windows. One company we spoke with said that we wouldn't be happy in a year if we just used replacement windows and would need to replace the whole window. Can you give us your opinion on replacing metal windows with replacement windows?
Brendan Fowler owns and operates Fowler Construction, a general contracting business located in Nevada City, California.
Brett Kulina is a builder and real estate developer in Missoula, Montana. He writes from his historic farm on the Bitterroot River.
Jeffrey Anderson works in home building, remodeling, and commercial construction. He lives in Virginia with his three dogs.
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