Where to get good quality building materials, build direct coupon, etc. besides home depot?
I'm looking for abuilding materials for the house, flooring materials, etc. What are some places to get is for cheaper, besides HomeDepot? Can I get these items online if I have the specific dimensions, colors already figured out? Thank you. Also any deals, discounts information will be appreciated as well.
Question answered by Pamedge
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What are your thoughts on Bamboo flooring?
I'm looking to install a type of flooring in my home, and I've been considering bamboo flooring because it's supposedly a fairly decent hardwood which looks good, relatively cheap, and a renewable type of wood unlike cherry or teak.
I was wondering if you DIY-ers would know the pros and especially cons of this relatively new flooring material.
I live in the Boston area in a 1980's built condo complex, so the interior is fairly maintained year-round.
Happy New Year!
Question answered by ghost
I will say you have good taste.I installed a bambooo floor 3 years ago in a kitchen. Two weeks ago the home owner called and asked me to come by. I found the bambo splitting. I am going to install maple flooring next week. I have checked with other home owners I did a bamboo floors for and I am finding the same problem in some of them. The ones with a problem are in a kitchen. So for your kitchen I would suggest another type of wood.
How many 2x4's will i need for a 8x16 Building?
So i am building a simple 8x16 building that will have
1door (besides the other internal door (which we wont count for now so dont worry about that)
1wall in the middle (spliting it into two 8x8 rooms)
Ceiling and floor (which im not sure what i should use for that?!?! Any suggestions and how many of these i will need of those (or if i can just use 2x4's) thanks a bunch
Needing total of 2x4's including the footers and headers
Also the total of the ceiling and floor materials for framing of whatever wood you may suggest
This is all just the frame,ceiling and floor before someone makes it complicated :P
Question answered by William B
one two by four ever 2 feet
same on rafters
and it takes 4 2x4 for a door frame
you have to build a crutch,,
go to your local library and look up building, or go to
absolutely free plans.com they have plans for buildings
What are elevators machine room floors made of?
I am doing a project for a class, contract documents. I've designed a showroom and have all the materials set for the floor plans, except for the elevator machine room. What flooring materials are used in an elevator machine room? i cant seem to find that Information in any of my text books... my guess is that it would be some kind of insulation, but i've been asked to be more specific about it.
Question answered by Adelaide
A mechanical floor, mechanical penthouse, or mechanical level is a story of a high-rise building that is dedicated to mechanical and electronics equipment. "Mechanical" is the most commonly used term, but words such as utility, technical, service, and plant are also used. They are present in all tall buildings including the world's tallest skyscrapers with significant structural, mechanical and aesthetics concerns.
What do I need to build a stall for my horse?
I am making a pole-barn into a horse and cow barn. Right now it only has the metal on the roof and the exterior and dirt on the floor inside. What materials do I need to build some horse stalls, approximately 4? Is it recommended to cement the floor, or should I keep it just dirt? I want to make the each stall about 10x11(so there is enough room for the horse to move around). If you think it is cheaper to just buy the stalls premade and I put together my self with my family, where can I get these premade stalls at? Also, where can I get the cheapest, yet most quality horse supplies? Thanks. Please don't reply if your just going to say something like" you should know what and where you get your horse supplies" because that doesn't answer my question and that's what yahoo answers are for, to get ANSWERS!
Question answered by nokhada5
Its more expensive to buy the stalls premade. Rural King sells them. I don't remember if Tractor Supply store sells them. RK is usually cheaper than TS.
I made my own, you can buy the lumber at the lumber mill cheap, get the rough cuts. Then all you need is something to cut the wood neatly with, measuring tape and hammer and nails. I put my 30 ft round pen in for $130.00 using posts from RK and boards from the lumber mill. RP Lumber told me it would cost $800.00 to buy my stuff from them. (they're high anyway)
As for the floor: if you use concrete you have to put mats down under your bedding. If you use mats, then you'll be ok. Plain old dirt floor is ok too. I've only have dirt floor and homemade box stalls.
Maintenance and repair: It is easy to repair a stall you made yourself. pick up board and nails and hammer it back in. It a board is broken on the premade stalls, it could be difficult to replace. But it is harder to break those boards, I believe.
Hope that helps.
A good material to build a solid floor in my degu cage?
Im looking for a good material to build a solid floor in my degu cage. Right now the floor is grated and I dont think that is good for their feet. I was thiking maybe a sheet metal? Any suggestions well appreciated
Question answered by Baloo
Sheet metal would work very well. I'd just make sure no sharp edges are degu-accessible.
Also, I know people who have also used use kiln-dried pine boards, and then had old t-shirts/sweaters, and/or cardboard layered on top. Which didn't last very long, since the goos would take the old t-shirts and bring them to the nest, and chew up the cardboard. xD Hah.
How can I install outside for a deck slate tile instead of pressure treated lumber?
I need to put a raised deck outside, will be approx 4 ft off the ground. I live in Atlanta were we do get some light winter weather so I will be using slate. Can I frame it out then use a sub floor material with cement board over that, then the slate tile on top of the cement board. Will this work for outdoors?
Question answered by heart o' gold
This should work...be sure you build strong enough to support all the weight of the cement board, tile, mortar and grout because it will be heavy.
I'm not sure what Atlanta weather is like, you may want to check with your local building material supplier on what precautions to take in your area - I'm specifically thinking of freeze/thaw issues.
What is the biggest difference between building materials and building assemblages?
Building materials include the fasteners.
Question answered by simplicitus
The mind of the beholder.
At the right level of scale, any material becomes an assemblage. For example:
Concrete consists of a cement holding significantly stronger materials together, just like fiber-reinforced plastics. But clearly, when you start with separate cement, sand and aggregate, it is an assemblage.
Add in steel reinforcement, and it it even more clear that as a construction process, it works like an assemblage.
But from the perspective of the overall design, it just a material.
Wood itself is just a bunch of oriented cellulose tubes in a matrix of lignin, etc.
But what about plywood? Is is a material or an assembly?
What if I take a number of long boards and laminate them together with glue to form a beam that is much longer, thicker, and wider than any of the individual pieces. Is that an assemblage or a material?
What if I assemble a floor by gluing the sub-flooring (oriented strand board, plywood, etc.) to the joists. Most would still consider it an assemblage, but how is it different?
Steel is generally considered a material. If I were to rivet or bolt two pieces of steel together, that would be considered an assemblage. But what if I welded them together?
Then there is the a type of welding where the goal is not to join to pieces of metal but to add more material to an existing piece of metal.
Sometimes the material added is the same as the rest, sometimes it is a special coating. Is the result a material or an assemblage? Or does it depend on the material added?
What if the steel is treated in such a way that parts of it change their nature? For example the outside may be made harder, leaving the inside soft and tough. Is the result a material or an assemblage?
If individual fasteners, are materials, then so are I-beams, but what about prefabricated trusses? What about wire rope (an assembly of individual wires)?
And if steel I-beams are materials, what about wooden I-beams?
What advice would you give on building a home gym?
Hi. I'm basically getting sick of paying out for gym fees. So,i'm thinking of buying equipment myself and turning my garage into my own gym. What advice would you give,as in flooring material,what to put on the walls,the best equipment to buy.etc? Thanks. X Sarah
Question answered by Storm Raven
If it were me, I would get a recumbent exercise bike, a simple bench w/ floor mats. A full set of dumbbells. And since it will be in the garage, a little cd player radio, and a large high velocity floor fan.
This is just a starter. You should get whats right for you, don't overspend. Check craigslist for great deals.
What is the best flooring material for dog kennels?
I am building a dog kennel. I would like to know what will be the best material to be used for the floor covering so that my dog can be at ease. Its a pretty hot climate in my region, so I am looking for putting floor tiles. Is it a good option?
Question answered by frostfire
I would use rubberised floor tiles, or stall matts for indoors, and cement outdoors. make sure that the dogs have access to another type of footing (gravel,sand,grass,) and blankets or a bed so that they 1) do not have foor problems, and 2) do not develop pressure sores and orthopedic problems.