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  • Posted in thread: Possible water coming through siding on 06-29-2014 at 02:21 PM
    It is not leaking through the window trim and aluminum, but behind them. there should be
    flashing under the primary moisture barrier, so the water is directed down until there is a
    barrier of some sor...

  • Posted in thread: Possible water coming through siding on 06-28-2014 at 08:39 PM
    Looks like a combination of a poor installation of the window and the flashing. The flashing,
    if any, not being under the primary moisture barrier (if any) over the sheathing and water
    getting behind ...

  • Posted in thread: crack in lintel/brick discolouration on 06-15-2014 at 09:50 PM
    In the photo, the concrete below the upper window is NOT a lintel, but sill of concrete use for
    appearance. The surface light color is probably due to moisture with contaminents in it drying
    and leavi...

  • Posted in thread: Weeping tile installation on 06-05-2014 at 06:37 AM
    "Weeping tile", as you describe them are not, and not necessary for "floods" The operate 24/7
    and reduce the moisture in the soil around and over them. They have been used for many
    centuries in variou...

  • Posted in thread: Weird land survey on 06-04-2014 at 02:37 PM
    Wazzat? -You have to understand the basis for laws and methods of determining the property
    actually loaned. It is not uncommon for property line since that basis is the grounds for
    individual and coun...

  • Posted in thread: If you fill a bucket with on 06-03-2014 at 03:13 PM
    What is the bucket made out of? Steel, wood or styrofoam?Is it real somehow important?In
    general, it would sink. With adequate information, I could give you an estimate of the rate of
    sinking if you k...

  • Posted in thread: Bending tree on 04-30-2014 at 09:58 PM
    I have several pines and a large ash that are fighting for space and sun. I just had the ash
    (40') trimmed back and opened up and the 2 firs (pine and spruce) cleaned up to give everything
    a chance. A...

  • Posted in thread: how much does block concrete fence cost? on 04-25-2014 at 10:57 AM
    Without any real details like like location, site access, soil type, depth to water, it could
    be a bargain or too high.The footing could be 8" to 12" thick and 18" to 48" wide, the wall
    could be 6" or...

  • Posted in thread: how much does block concrete fence cost? on 04-23-2014 at 08:59 PM
    In LA, the footing cost may not be cheap. The frost is not factor, but the soils can be so
    horrible that the footings for 6' high privacy wall the cost goes up because of the history of
    winds that wil...

  • Posted in thread: Crawl space Walls on 04-03-2014 at 02:39 PM
    I think the poster is trying to take advantage of the "thermal inertia" of the soil below and
    mass of the block walls to even out the temperatures.In a climate where there are radical
    temperature swin...