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How can I raise my floors?

Posted by Brett Kulina ~ April 23, 2014

I have a large room that I want to remodel into an apartment for my brother, but first the floor must be raised more than a foot so that it is level with the doorway. The existing floor is a concrete slab, which I would prefer to leave intact. We have major construction experience but don't know the best way to do this ourselves. What do you recommend?


What's the correct spacing for my roof trusses?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 23, 2014

I'm building a simple rectangular ranch style home - 40'x26'. When it comes to roof trusses, I was thinking of using 26' 4/12 residential trusses. I've been told that these trusses are meant for 2' spacing. Is this in compliance with the IBC 2006 or would they need to be spaced 16" on center? Or if neither, what are the spacing requirements according the IBC 2006?


Do contractors usually ask how you're going to pay for the work?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 21, 2014

Is it normal for a contractor to ask the homeowner how the project is going to be funded?


My home has no insulation at all. What can I do?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 18, 2014

I live in IL, and my house has two layers of brick covered with a layer of 1" clay tile and plaster. There is no insulation whatsoever. There is no gap between the layers to blow in insulation or foam. My home is only 895 sq. ft. but I pay more than a 2,500 sq. ft. home in utilities. I've put new windows and doors in and two layers of R-30 insulation in the attic. Please, please, please help with any and all suggestions.


How can we stop our subfloors from rotting?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 16, 2014

My house is 3/4 crawl space foundation 1/4 slab from a garage conversion. The center of the crawl space portion is sinking and we have been having problems with the wooden subfloor rotting in the rooms along it. How do we stop this from happening? We also found a shower problem that we fixed.


Can I add a patio before adding a new room?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 16, 2014

We will eventually add on an addition to our home. Due to the cost of an addition, we would like to first have a patio poured. Would the contractor be able to set the addition foundation up against this slab? Pouring the slab to the house probably doesn't make sense.


Why is my countertop separating from the wall?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 14, 2014

My house is only three years old. Over that time, the countertop has progressively pulled away from the wall. There is currently about 1/2 inch between the countertop and the drywall. I noticed today that the upper cabinet is now pulling away from the wall, too. I also found while cleaning today that there is an area where the hard wood floor is separating. Why would this be happening and how do I fix it?


When is the right time to hang drywall?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 9, 2014

Should you hang drywall in a new home before you pour the basement floor?


How do I get rid of my unsightly oven cord?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 7, 2014

I recently remodeled my kitchen and noticed when we took the cabinets down that the previous owners installed the oven's electrical cord wrong. It goes from behind the oven, up the wall, and through the wall - not the ceiling - and now it's just hanging over my cabinets. I don't have soffits, and I have no idea how to go about getting rid of this cord. What do you suggest?


What are my options for plastic panels in a sunroom?

Posted by Jeffrey Anderson ~ April 2, 2014

I have a curved sunroom with plastic panels on top. I need to replace the panels and can't find them anywhere. I don't even know what the material is called. Could you please tell me what kind of plastic is used, and where I can get new panels?

-Cheryl J.

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