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  • Posted in thread: New Footing Method on 11-14-2017 at 02:55 PM
    They are not acceptable for use on a deck that is attached to a permanent structure(home).The
    permanent structure is isolated from frost heaving, but the outer support of th deck cannot
    allowed to hea...

  • Posted in thread: New Footing Method on 11-07-2017 at 10:23 PM
    There could be a problem if the uplift from frost is considered.The biggest foundation area is
    the concrete center-piece that will get frost under it while the lower soil could still be damp
    and provi...

  • Posted in thread: Storing grass seed on 10-19-2017 at 03:11 PM
    frodo -Just in case you decide to sow some oats or grass in the middle of the night?Dick

  • Posted in thread: Landscape Block Wall on 09-18-2017 at 02:33 PM
    Soparklion11 -That unit you show is really not a good unit for a retaining wall unless there
    some secret hidden in or behind what is seen.When you lay a conventional shape block like that
    on top of an...

  • Posted in thread: Leaning retaining wall! Help!! on 07-18-2016 at 01:11 PM
    To my knowledge, all of the major acceptable retaining wall units are laid with the tops level
    (side to side or end to end). Some have the raised lip on the front and some with a downward
    lip on the r...

  • Posted in thread: What will I find? on 07-13-2016 at 09:04 AM
    mikejurasw-When you are dealing with older homes, there are some very strange wall and
    ceiling/roof construction methods. It is not a regimented and close-minded as current
    construction. The older hom...

  • Posted in thread: Retaining Wall on 05-11-2016 at 09:51 AM
    I think the 2'-6" interpretation of the code regarding "engineered" projects may be a local one
    or out-dated. When it comes to requirements, a code jurisdiction can adopt any reputable
    industry standa...

  • Posted in thread: Help with type of concrete on 04-06-2016 at 02:54 PM
    Snoonyb-I think your "pre-mixed" is generally referred to as "Ready-mix" in the construction
    industry.Ready-mix does not use common cement, but uses any one of the types of Portland cement
    (Type I, Ty...

  • Posted in thread: Sealing outside of brick on brick home on 04-04-2016 at 07:36 AM
    Usually any brick veneer with an air gap has a WRB (water resistant barrier) to shed any water
    and the brick have "weeps" at the first course to drain any moisture that is collected. - That
    is the com...

  • Posted in thread: cracks between concrete and side of the house on 04-04-2016 at 07:27 AM
    mpls-You have two different problems -1) The settlement can be handled with mud jacking, but
    you may see residual spots when the mud was pumped under the slab. If you are really concerned
    about the ap...