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  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 02-05-2018 at 11:25 AM
    Nothing dramatic this morning in MSP Minnesota.Was -4F at 8:00 AM with sun and no wind. I had
    an 8:00 Drs appointment and did not wear a jacket (tuck-under garage). Now, at 11:20 AM it is
    -10F. with b...

  • Posted in thread: Insulating a brick or block structure on 01-27-2018 at 03:37 PM
    Deek -I am a little lost.Is the garage really made from block and not brick. Often, people mix
    up there terms. I had a home that was built of 12" clay block, but a 4" thick brick wall cannot
    support a...

  • Posted in thread: What did you do today? on 01-07-2018 at 10:14 PM
    For the fourth day in a row, I thought about painting the hand rail on a stairway. I kept
    putting it off because it was inconvenient and unsafe to not use the stairway in a 3 level
    split level home.Fo...

  • Posted in thread: CMU Pier on 12-26-2017 at 12:42 PM
    You should excavate to get down to strong bearing soil and at least to the local frost depth If
    is on an exterior wall. - It must not be a very long beam span if no center pier was
    specified.Will the ...

  • Posted in thread: Is there a minimum temp for mortar repair? on 12-13-2017 at 01:17 PM
    Too often, people are hung up on the air temperature.Due to the weight and mass of masonry
    products the over-riding factor is the temperature of the materials (units, sand, water, etc.).
    For curing of...

  • Posted in thread: christmas lights on 12-10-2017 at 05:03 PM
    tuffy -The answer is "BAH HUMBUG!!"When the kids like it and the neighbors do not complain, the
    warm feeling when you drive home is a big factor.Neighbors may complain about the light and
    traffic and ...

  • Posted in thread: christmas lights on 11-27-2017 at 10:37 PM
    Scrooge/Tuffy -So when does the cost of electricity have an effect on the decision made once a

  • 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


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