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Posted in thread: Do I REALLY need to replace the expansion valve? on 07-03-2016 at 07:53 PM
A very quick search brought up a retail price of just under 140 bucks for the valve. Your
repair outfit won't be paying anything close to that, probably less than $100. If you pay the
$550, you're a f...
Posted in thread: Need to resurface basement floor on 02-22-2016 at 03:33 PM
As a disinterested third party, who has bought and sold numerous houses in the last (almost) 50
years, I think the difference between a rotten crumbly basement floor and one that consists of
Posted in thread: Concrete Patio Hole/Opening on 02-21-2016 at 04:59 PM
Concrete block would have been a poor choice for a cistern, as it's too porous and would allow
(lots of) water to seep through it. Before sealing it up, however, it wouldn't hurt to poke
around on the...
Posted in thread: Need to resurface basement floor on 02-21-2016 at 04:47 PM
Since you haven't had any responses in almost 2 weeks, I'll make a few comments: "Soft and
crumbly concrete" would not make for good bond with any kind of overlay. You should give
serious thought to j...
Posted in thread: Concrete Expansion Fireplace on 01-16-2016 at 02:42 PM
I'm no expert either, but a concern I have is with the blocks and mortar joints absorbing rain
water, which when heated by a hot fire, could create enough steam pressure to blow things
Posted in thread: Are these foundation cracks ok? on 01-16-2016 at 02:18 PM
The nature of the stemwall crack, being much wider at the top than the bottom, would indicate
that the wall to the left of the crack is rotating downward. Further investigation should be
done to deter...
Posted in thread: Dryer Vent Duct, 10 Miles Long on 09-14-2014 at 10:24 AM
Long runs of dryer vent pipe can be helped along by installing an in-line fan, made for that
purpose. My buddy's new house had a 20'+ run of vent, and the building department made him buy
and install ...
Posted in thread: Cratering in our Driveway Different from Every other Driveway in Development! on 08-14-2014 at 06:32 PM
most reasonable people have a good understanding of how fed &/or most government agencies
perform assigned duties & fulfill their responsibilities - they build empires, expand budgets,
have meetings, ...
Posted in thread: Cratering in our Driveway Different from Every other Driveway in Development! on 08-14-2014 at 06:12 PM
I'm not sure; send her over and I'll evaluate....;)If you're serious, I'll check her schedule.
But a warning--she insists on flying first class, so be prepared to pay for a pricey ticket.
And just a c...
Posted in thread: Cratering in our Driveway Different from Every other Driveway in Development! on 08-13-2014 at 02:36 PM
Your link essentially described scaling as I did. And the OP's pix clearly show good examples
of scaling. Not spalling.But it still needs to be determined: Is she skinny, thin, or svelte?