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  • Posted in thread: Safe room on 11-07-2015 at 08:47 PM
    For an addition source on safe areas, looking at the FEMA standards for a "Safe Cell" that is
    designed for life safety from tornadoes. The largest cause of deaths is from fragment impact
    and this stan...

  • Posted in thread: Post and Pier Foundation Concrete Blocks Sagging on 10-10-2015 at 12:17 PM
    The new addition to the old house certainly does not have an adequate foundation, especially
    the strip "footing" (if that is what it is).The grading of the lot and the two downspouts that
    feed water t...

  • Posted in thread: What can the building inspector bust me on? on 10-04-2015 at 01:49 PM
    The permit your contractor can have extra inspections required.Because of the lack of fire,
    smoke, CO2 detectors and deaths they attached a requirement to many permits that require an
    inspection for m...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 10-02-2015 at 03:05 PM
    40's in the AM and 60's to low 70's with clear skies, little wind and a strong sun and low
    humidity. More of the same glorious weather for a week of so.Dick

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 09-30-2015 at 10:15 PM
    At 11:13 PM it is 44.9F and heading down slowly. High was about 65F and sunny. Down to about
    40F tonight with widely scattered frost possible.It feels like fall is coming and the some of
    the leaves ar...

  • Posted in thread: How to lay the pattern for pavers on 09-27-2015 at 12:32 PM
    If you want a paver strip that can carry a car load occasionally and not crack, you need a
    paver with some interlocking pattern and or sand vibrated into the joints of a real paver. You
    will definitel...

  • Posted in thread: How to lay the pattern for pavers on 09-27-2015 at 06:11 AM
    What size and shape (pattern) are the INDIVIDUAL pavers? That has a big effect on getting a
    good installation. I assume the beveled pieces on concrete in the left foreground of your photo
    are not what...

  • Posted in thread: How Much Space Needed to Pour a Foundation & Frame Walls? on 09-15-2015 at 08:38 AM
    nealtw -If the wall below grade is concrete block, the excavation on the outside does not have
    to be that wide unless drain tile need to be installed.Block can be laid from the inside of the
    wall (and...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 09-05-2015 at 05:58 PM
    I am tempted to do some. A guy caught 2 48"+ muskies at an metropolitan lake. I think it is
    about 1 mile away, but there are a lot of water skiers on it during the week-end (big ski club
    that performs...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 09-05-2015 at 03:05 PM
    In MSP, MN, it is 88F at 4:00 PM and a little humid. Dew point (the important number) is 70.
    Nice light breeze and a light overcast. Predicted low for tonight is 70F with a slight chance
    of showers af...


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