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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?
Posted in thread: Cratering in our Driveway Different from Every other Driveway in Development! on 08-12-2014 at 02:32 PM
Having made a living in structural evaluation, and inspecting many thousands of deteriorated
concrete surfaces, starting in 1967, I've relied on the definition of scaling provided by the
Posted in thread: Cratering in our Driveway Different from Every other Driveway in Development! on 08-08-2014 at 10:47 AM
The photos indicate the concrete is experiencing scaling, not spalling. The former is usually
limited to the surface, while spalling goes much deeper and eventually results in complete
Posted in thread: Concrete Spalling to buy or not to buy house? on 08-08-2014 at 10:36 AM
Keep in mind that repairing the obviously bad columns now does nothing for all of the others
that will some day also require repairs or complete replacement. Corrosion of embedded
reinforcing steel in...
Posted in thread: Small crack in driveway on 07-17-2014 at 11:19 PM
Most caulking compounds are junk, and not at all appropriate for repairing concrete cracks.
Even if the cracks are routed out and blown clean, the caulking will usually not stay adhered
to the base co...