How Do I Build a House?
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Hey /diy/, is there anywhere I can find in depth instructions on the processes that go into building a house?
For the past week I've been struck by the idea that I might want to buy a small piece of land some day and build a small house for myself, and figured now was as good a time as any to start educating myself. Unfortunately, Google gives me almost nothing but vague and superficial articles that say I need to take out a bank loan and hire an architect and a contractor and other bullshit. Fuck that.
I'm not looking to get into this any time soon, so a bunch of technical books would be fine, just so long as I can learn SOMETHING.
Following are the few semi-useful links I've been able to find:
>An old article about a Web Developer for Red Hat Linux who built a house with her husband in 2005. Mentions a photo-journal and open source house plans, but provides no links.
>Larry Huan - Habitat for Humanity: How to Build a House
>Fernando Pages Ruiz - Building an Affordable House
>Open source plans for a house built out of strawbales and stucco.
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This seems like the best place to post so I'll post my question here.
Me and a couple friends live in a flat we rent, this place has a smallish (2m by 5m) deck, it's nice. One winter about 2 years ago we noticed there was mildew growing on the deck and asked the landlord if we could waterblast it, he said yes, we did and that got it all nice and clean, he then asked us to vanish it and we said sure, but you pay for the varnish since it's upkeep and it will be here when we leave, he said no you guys pay for it, we said again no because we didn't believe we should, so the matter ended there. It's been 2 years and the wood has since expanded so the 5mm or so gabs between the boards have disappeared due to the wood swelling.
My question is is there any way to, uhh, "unswell" the wood, or just fix it in general? The guy has since sold the house on and the current landlord has no idea that we waterblasted or about that whole situation or anything, I was just having a smoke outside and wondered if the deck could be "fixed" since it doesn't really look as good and the water doesn't drain anymore.
Pic somewhat related, couldn't find my camera so a random pic will have to do.
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Hi, /diy/. I don't typically come here because I'm not a really hands-on person so to speak, so sorry if this isn't exactly in accordance of the kinds of threads you like here.
I'm going to Evo (a fighting game tournament) in Las Vegas in ten days or so, and I'm going to bring my Wii for some of the SSBM pros to sign the side of. The problem is, I obviously don't want to use a standard sharpie or something because it'll rub off, and I want it to be literally permanent, if possible. I was thinking about getting a pen from a lab supply store or something but I don't really know what I'm looking for. So if anyone could help me find a pen that would write permanently on a plastic surface that would be great. Thanks.
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/diy/, I live in a boring-ass town of the highest caliber when it comes to being boring as shit, so I want to open a recreation center so kids and families can have a good time.
In your opinion, what would be some good projects to consider putting in it?
It's a highly industrial, sea-port town by the way, so humidity is a big factor here.
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So I've got some time on a m8's laser CNC, and I'm making up some templates, only I don't know if they're meant to be outlines or if block drawings are fine, if you know what I mean. Like I've got the shapes I want to cut out done up in silhouette vector images, and what I'm asking is whether they need to be just line drawings, and if so is there an easy way of doing that. As far as I know the laser runs off Corel Draw. Pic unrelated.