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  • Posted in thread: New Patio Door on 03-25-2015 at 07:38 PM
    A primer is not adequate for use exposed to the weather. Unless it was accepted and
    ordered/purchased with a specific coating, it is you to you to apply something in your choice
    of colors and degree o...

  • Posted in thread: Changing World on 03-23-2015 at 08:06 PM
    Not surprising considering the technology that China has and has developed. My Indian doctor
    conducted an in-patient procedure using equipment from China.It is an international world today
    and profess...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 03-15-2015 at 09:13 PM
    70F high at 3:35 PM in MSP, MN today.Dick

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 03-02-2015 at 10:06 PM
    A very boring and uneventful winter here (MN) so far.Cold January, above average February and
    about 12" of snow below average with about 2" on the ground where there is snow. The higher sun
    height and...

  • Posted in thread: Exterior spalling on cinder block foundation wall on 02-25-2015 at 09:01 PM
    The best approach, if you desire to cover up the block is to attach lath/mesh to the block from
    the top of any exterior below grade "waterproof" coatings and then stucco over it.This way, you
    can have...

  • Posted in thread: Exterior spalling on cinder block foundation wall on 02-25-2015 at 12:15 PM
    DDENNY -I suggest you bone up on terminology and materials.I doubt if "cinder block" are even
    available now and they have been rare for about 60 or 70 years. You may be confusing they by
    using a collo...

  • Posted in thread: Cutting stone pavers on 02-23-2015 at 11:18 AM
    What are 12x12s as far as material? - Stone or concrete?Are they dry set in a sand bed or set
    in mortar?If dry set in sand, there will likely be a joint between units and some of the
    necessary sand fo...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 02-16-2015 at 07:27 PM
    14.5F at 8:28 PM.We had a low of 12F and a high of 23F with water going down the downspouts. We
    also had a "brutal" snowfall of about 1/4" to possibly get us up to a 2" snow cover on the
    level, but it...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 02-14-2015 at 06:53 AM
    Its -5F with a killer 25 mph NNW wind that ruins a nice day. Without the wind is would be nice.
    - About 0-2" of snow and the roads are bare and "frozen dry", so driving is fine. We will see a
    high of ...

  • Posted in thread: Cold weather concrete placing on 01-31-2015 at 08:58 AM
    Cold weather placing should not be a problem IF the grade you are placing it on is not frozen.
    Finishing will be delayed and fly ash is not a good thing to have in a mix because it can be


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