Questions tagged [home-improvement]

Questions on the subject of home improvement and the role of engineers in residential design and construction work. Technical questions about specific home improvement projects should not use this tag; instead, use tags that categorize the project itself. For advice on home improvement / DIY, see our sister site Home Improvement Stack Exchange.

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Shoring beams properly installed?

Question about a home my wife and are looking at purchasing. The garage had an office/apartment on the second floor, and the seller disclosed that the floor had sagged and been fixed with shoring ...
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What width gate for parking 4m car at 90degrees in 10ft offset in front of home?

I have 10x30 feet offset in front of my house where 30 feet is the width of my house. The road in front of house is 20 feet wide (but I can't park on road). I have a bought a 4m long car (MarutiSuzuki ...
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Can I use a UPS in front of my A/C heat pump, to reduce surges in the house?

Hopefully this is on-topic here. I'm open if I should as on another SE site. We have an air conditioner heat pump outside, typical to most homes with one. When it kicks on, many of the lights dim for ...
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Sizing a groundwater storage well for stormwater runoff; using the area below a patio as a recharge pit

I would like to build a patio of 900 square feet. My city engineer says that: "any increase in impervious coverage over 500 square feet must recharge 3-inches of runoff for each square foot of ...
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What type of engineer/profession specialize in the design and building of residential homes/houses? [closed]

Peace and blessings beloved. I come from a family of tradesmen (plumbers, electricians, welders, carpenters, painters, etc) but never took a real interest in learning about said trades (or anything ...
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Hack a kitchen freezer for lower temperature

Common home freezers usually have the lowest temperatures of about -24 degrees Celsius. Freezers that go lower exist but these are much more expensive (times much). I wonder whether a common kitchen ...
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What is the name of this kind of through-hole fastener?

I've seen these before but I don't know what they're called. It's a two piece insert that creates a through-hole between them. I drew a picture to help identity it!
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Are toilets supposed to come loose?

I have a typical, classical (but modern-made) Western porcelain toilet. Just a couple of years ago, they redid the entire bathroom (unasked for, forced "upgraded"). I've noticed many times ...
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what is issue with my room brick wall? How can i solve it?

I have seen a sort disformation on wall of my room I have attached snapshot of both inside view(from inside room) and out side view(that is out of room) inside view is below out side view is below
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Is there a way to find who holds the trademark? [closed]

WonderBoard is a cement-based backer board mainly used for tiling in wet places. Specifically, its components are Portland cement, expanded polystyrene (EPS) beads, aggregates, and fiberglass ...
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In order to soundproof external noise, do I need to build wall stud on concrete walls?

I assume this wood framing is the wall stud. My room looks like as follow with concrete walls In order to soundproof external noise into my room (red circle), do I need to build wall stud?
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Build new home on top of 50 years old house [closed]

We have a home, which built before 50 years, now we are planning to built one more home on top [ terrace] , Is it right to go ahead & built new home on terrace ? or do we need to check any other ...
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Can I oversize my air conditioner if I use a two speed compressor?

The upper floor of my house has a split A/C, three-ton. When the temperature gets up above about 95 Fahrenheit, the unit can't ...
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Heat storage mass vs. AIR in an ICF house

If we would want to build a family house (ICF) regarding operational costs, should we leave the insulation on the inside, or should we remove it from the inside? If we would remove it, the walls ...
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How to bend copper heat pipes?

I have purchased these copper heat-pipes; however, I am wondering how to bend them without kinking them or cutting them open due to pressure on weak points/bends. These are flat copper heat pipes, so ...
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Is it possible to cook with low power PV systems (under 300 W)

This topic is slightly related to this one, with some extra details. I would like to go off-grid and therefore buy a PV kit. I can see that the prices for PV systems with a power of +3kW are very ...
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When do I need to consult a professional engineer during a home renovation?

I am a homeowner who likes to save money by performing DIY work. When possible, I prefer to serve as my own general contractor to reduce the cost of a project. However, when I talk with professionals ...
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