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  • Posted in thread: retaining wall question on 12-06-2014 at 06:11 AM
    bgaviator -Most people do not understand the difference between a "rigid" wall (wide footing
    and a slender reinforced vertical wall) and a "flexible" wall (small shallow footing) that is
    actually stru...

  • Posted in thread: retaining wall question on 12-05-2014 at 09:52 PM
    Do you have any ides of the foundation type and depth? A house can exert considerable laeral
    forces on any type wall, depending on the depth. If the foundation is deeper, the loads will be

  • Posted in thread: downspout drainage question on 11-28-2014 at 01:25 PM
    You can always run the cheap corrugated pipe using a perforated/slotted type once you are away
    from your house (a reverse french drain). In doing this, you are dissipating the water over
    large area sl...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 11-13-2014 at 08:42 PM
    18.5 F. at about 8:59 PM.We are now into our winter cycle with 11 days+ of predicted highs
    under 32F and possibly many more. Car wash tomorrow with no need for another for more than 2
    weeks.At least, ...

  • Posted in thread: Is there a maximum R value for insulating on 11-04-2014 at 06:10 PM
    Definition of a window -A glorified hole in a wall that will lose heat (no matter what kind of
    glass, gas or films are is used and probably have moisture and leakage problems because it has
    to be inst...

  • Posted in thread: Is there a maximum R value for insulating on 11-04-2014 at 03:56 PM
    Just personal opinions based of fictitious "R-value" numbers. Codes are just minimums that can
    be written for simplistic enforcement. The only people happy are the "pink panther" and similar

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 10-29-2014 at 06:54 AM
    6:50 AM - Vadnais Heights, MN35.8F now and about 50F coming up. Cooler in the week.About
    average and near the end of a nice warm spell. No hard freeze yet, but some scattered frost.
    Leaves are about d...

  • Posted in thread: What are you listening to right now.... on 10-27-2014 at 10:16 PM
    I immediately turn off/switch anything that has a political ad associated with it.Dick

  • Posted in thread: What should i do about the walls? on 10-18-2014 at 03:00 PM
    What is the wall made out of? If you do not know what the construction and materials are you
    cannot even begin to plan.It certainly does not look like the traditional woof frame or
    concrete masonry.Di...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 10-04-2014 at 09:27 PM
    It is now (9:23 PM - CST) and the temp is 39.0F (40F at one of the official local stations)
    after a nice clear, cool day (north wind) and might get a little lower, but not a frost
    tomorrow morning.The...


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