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Climate change is happening and anyone who owns waterfront property knows the damage that erosion from storm surges can cause. Building a seawall is an investment of a lot of physical labor but is not difficult using the proper power tools. You will need the following tools and materials:

  • Jackhammer (rental)
  • Reciprocating saw
  • 3” metal pipe about four feet long
  • Ready mix concrete
  • ½” threaded rebar
  • 2” x10” lumber
  • Galvanized nuts and washers
  • Silicone sealant.

 How to Build a Seawall

Step One:

Check your building codes and obtain a permit to build your seawall. Some jurisdictions require inspections both before and after you begin work so know what is required of you before you start construction. Purchase/rent your supplies and tools. Read these instructions carefully and lay everything out in the order that you will be using it.

Step Two:

Now take your rebar and pipe to a professional welder and have them bend the rebar into a U-shape, weld the bottom of the U to the pipe. You will require four pieces of rebar welded to each pipe. This part is used to hold the seawall to the pipe.

Step Three:

Now you need to mark exactly where you want to install the posts, marking out 8´increments. Dig your holes and place the posts in the holes with the rebar pointing towards the water. Make sure to keep the top of the posts level with each other. Add you concrete and allow setting or at least 24 hours.

Step Four:

Using your saw, cut the lumber to fit each post, drill holes, and slips the lumber on to each post, bending the rebar to make it fit. Attach you work with washers and nuts and use the reciprocating saw to trim off excess rebar. Seal off the ends of the rebar with silicone.

Step Five:

The last step is to fill the land side of the seawall with large rocks, sand and topsoil, in that order. Make sure to build up the water side with a rip trap to prevent erosion.

Now you have built a barrier between your home and the sea, protecting your investment as well as your piece of mind.

Now that building costs are higher than ever and with the economy in a slump many folks are deciding to build their own homes and are seeking different ways to save cash. Constructing your own septic tank is one way to save a bundle. Please keep in mind that constructing your own septic tank is strictly regulated due to environmental and safety factors. Even so, building one is not nearly as difficult as it seems. Septic tanks contain wastes coming from your home and keep it stored to be broken down by organisms. You will find it much easier to go into the job with all your permit requirements satisfied and a solid plan in place. If you get stuck you can always call a professional.

Material needed:

  • Gravel and sand
  • Pvc glue and pvc piping and ends
  • String and pencil/paper
  • Tape measure
  • Paint brushes
  • Shovel, backhoe, surveying gear, measuring pole and stakes

Septic Tank How to Build a Septic Tank

Step One:

Once you have the proper permits from you local health and city authorities draw a beginning sketch of your complete property and give it to the local building and health officials. You will need their approval regarding test holes. Make sure that the sketch has all possible structures on the property, the numbers and locations of rooms, fences, transformers as well as geographical formations.

Step Two:

Dig your holes by following the instructions of the inspectors. You might want to consider having a professional help you with this. Allow the inspectors to check each hole once they are dug. And make sure to submit a soil sample for testing. They will determine the location of the tank and overall size. A black hole can be made with the use of the backhoe. Once the hole is complete, invite the inspectors out again for a look.

Step Three:

Now its time to place the stone and sand in the designated location. Follow your design plan as to tank drainage and distribution. The last step is to link the setup and the plumbing system of your home. Finally call the inspector for the last time to make sure everything is satisfactory and the paperwork is in order before you seal your pit

Building a storage shed in your back yard can solve many of your problems. If you are wondering if the job may be too much for you, read the overview that follows and find out. There are more detailed articles available and even free plans online covering each of the steps in a more in depth manner. Use these to get a better idea of each phase of the project

Step One:

To begin with you will need to obtain plans. You can either do them yourself or purchase them yourself. When you are deciding how to proceed there are several ways that you can go. You can use a kit, buy plans and build from them or purchase the software and design them on your own. What option you select depends the amount of personalization you want to give your shed.

Shed 1 How to Build a Shed

Step Two:

Choosing the proper site is important. Consider zoning, direction of the sunlight, where the utility lines are located, etc.  Once you have selected the site, clear the ground around the site and make the dirt smooth and level. You have several options. You could decide to place you shed directly on the ground or have a concrete pad poured over the area or dig out a foundation and fill it level with gravel. Whichever way you go do not neglect this step.

Step Three:

Now you are ready to start framing the walls and building the shed. Your plans will provide an excellent guideline for measuring, cutting and framing each section. While you put everything together, take time to plan which features you want. What kind of door do you need? Do you want shelves or tables? A solid floor? Electricity? How many windows do you want and what type?

Shed How to Build a Shed

Step Four:

The next step is to get your shed a roof. Depending on the size of the shed you can either build your roof in place or build it on the ground and lift it into place. In either case, make sure that your roof is securely fastened into place.

Step Five:

Now, for the last step it is time to put on the finishing touches like paint and caulk, both of which are necessary to protect you shed and its contents from the weather. You can also paint your shed to complement your home.

Now you have a basic idea of the steps needed to build your storage shed.

Whether you have a pool or not to complement your spa a deck can be an perfect location because it offers an elevated, clean, flat surface on which to dry off after relaxing in your hot tube. Building a deck to support a spa is very different that assembling an ordinary deck since the weight that it needs to support is a great deal more. It must be sturdy and strong.

Materials needed:

You will need treated wooden planks for piers and footing, measuring tape, shovel, stakes, sand, and saw.

Spa Deck How to Build a Spa Deck

Step One:

The usual deck measures about 8´x 8´.  Mark your perimeter with stakes and string. Determine the center of your deck area by using the meeting point of strings that are strung diagonally between the stakes, from one corner to the other. Now mark this point with another stake. Mark all of the other locations of pier footings with stakes. On a deck of this size (8´x8´) there will be 13 of these. One for the center, four for the corners and 4 placed at the center point of each side and the last four placed between these and the center stake.

Step Two:

Now you will need to dig square holes at each side of the pier footing locations, at least two feet deep with a thin layer of sand ( about 3”) over the bottom of the holes. Level and compact the sand. Place the pier footings vertically on the inside, assuring yourself that they are firmly set and level, then pound down the soil around the footings. Add enough soil at the base of each footing to allow overflow water to run away and not form puddles around your deck once the tub is installed.

Step Three:

Cut all of your wood to the proper length, 8´x4´ in this case, which is easily done by attaching two 8´x2´s boards, shaped so that they fit easily together. Secure the deck´s support frame over the pier footings. Use metal T-plates to fasten the wood boards together atop the support pillars.

Step Four:

Secure the flooring of your deck to the support frame. Screw 2”x4” planks over the support frame, and leave a tiny gap between each board. To keep your structure safe, be sure to countersink all of your screws. Coat your deck with weather-proof stain and finish. Sprinkle some sand onto the finish before you spread it to create a nonslip surface in case water slips out of the tub. Allow the finish to dry and install the plumbing, electrical and tub itself and your ready to enjoy.

Stucco is an excellent building material that has been used since ancient times to make a home convivial and inviting. It is basically a cement product that is mixed with inert materials like lime, water and sand. Nowadays, a few additives are also mixed to improve the color and texture of stucco. It is unique construction material that absorbs water relatively quickly and dries out easily. It is considered to be ideal for hot dry climate, where it keeps the interiors of the home cool and comfortable. Building a stucco house is certainly not an easy task; the help of a licensed contractor would be required.

The first thing that needs to be done is to remove the old siding. Divide the wall into sections and work on each section very slowly and carefully. Special care should be taken if the original coating is stucco siding. Stucco has the tendency to come out in chunks; for this reason, it is essential to take it off little by little.

Stucco House How to Build a Stucco House

After the original siding has been completely removed, check the surface thoroughly. Stucco would need something on which it can adhere. Wood lattice is typically used. However, this one of its kind building material has strong affinity for water. As the result, the wooden lattice can rot in a short duration of time. Wire mesh is a better choice. It serves the same purpose at the wood lattice, but it doesn’t deteriorate that easily. Furthermore, it is easier to install too. Thereby, it helps to reduce the overall labor cost that is associated with building a stucco house.

If the pigments are mixed in the stucco and then it is applied in the walls, the house would never need a fresh coat of paint. In another scenario, stucco can be applied as such and thereafter the house can be whitewashed to give it a unique color. In yet another scenario, stucco can be left as such so as to allow it to acquire its own patina.

Stucco House 1 How to Build a Stucco House

Some important points that should be kept in mind while applying stucco are as follows:

  • It should be applied directly on the wire mesh or wooden lattice.
  • Periodically, it should be pushed so as to ensure that the mesh is completely enveloped.
  • To obtain a prefect finish, the second should also be applied. It gives a peculiar texture and tint to the house.
  • Stucco would need at least a year to cure properly. If paint has to be applied, then the formula specifically made for stucco should be used, and it should be applied with the help of a paint sprayer.

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