Q. My son just acquired a house in Northern California and wishes to convert the two-car or truck garage into place of work room, but the concrete slab/foundation is pitched for h2o runoff. He was advised it was around ¼-inch per jogging foot, and the garage is 14 by 20 toes. He thinks the adjust in peak is about 4 inches from entrance to back. The flooring is in fantastic problem all round, in accordance to the foundation inspector who lately evaluated it. The floor has a skinny underlayment product with vinyl plank flooring on prime, but the garage isn’t usable since of the tilt. My son instructed me a chair on wheels would drift downhill, so he’s searching for a reasonably priced alternative to level it off. Do you have a suggestion? He’s looking for a long term correct that will not increase the total flooring height a lot far more than wanted because the ceiling is already reduced. A contractor advised using substantial-compression cement. Is that a sensible suggestion in your encounter? I read through about leveling compounds, but feel 4 inches might be asking also substantially.
A. Rather than go with a masonry answer (which could crack in the skinny spots), you might want to consider the adhering to: Lower 2-by-4-inch force-dealt with stock on edge into tapered parts from the widest portion down to on the other finish. Use them 12 inches on middle, then utilize a ¾-inch underlayment and, above that, a ¼-inch laminate wood ground. You would shed 1 inch in ceiling height at the substantial stop but have a strong, great-searching, and amount floor.
Q. Our house was built in 1808. It has its primary chimney stack, three flues, and three hearths. For protection, I want to line the chimney, ideally with flexible steel flue liners. The chimney qualified explained to me that is not probable without building the fireboxes more compact. I do not want to transform the hearths/fireboxes they are first to the house. Can you suggest a answer?
M.S., Winery Haven
A. Operating with previous chimneys and fireboxes is often a obstacle. We utilized to have a chimney division in which I do the job, and we would never advocate for the installation of a metal liner in a wood-burning fire. The two finest solutions are masonry: a cast-in-place chimney lining or a sprayed-in-position relining. The cast-in-position option will probably demand you to make a choice and sacrifice one of the fireplaces in buy to retain a huge more than enough flue. The relining procedure doesn’t get up as considerably space in the existing flues and could get the job done very well. There are code issues relating to fireside measurement, so possibly way you go, seek advice from quite a few experienced installers.
Mark Philben is the venture development manager at Charlie Allen Renovations in Cambridge. Send your concerns to [email protected]. Thoughts are subject to editing. Subscribe to the Globe’s absolutely free actual estate newsletter — our weekly digest on buying, marketing, and layout — at web pages.e-mail.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Stick to us on Fb, Instagram, and Twitter @globehomes.