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  • Posted in thread: Cement or concrete patio question on 06-05-2015 at 11:44 AM
    I would not call a "cement" producer about a patio, but would call a concrete producer.For a
    small job like yours, you can do it with ready-mix delivered, concrete mixed on site or with
    bagged pre-pro...

  • Posted in thread: attaching steel post to block column on 05-29-2015 at 03:32 PM
    Those are not brick in column.They are concrete slump blocks and have a face shell thickness of
    1-1/2" to 2", so you need to be deeper than that to drill into the reinforced grouted core with
    rebar. Y...

  • Posted in thread: Need help with foundation and waterproofing on 05-02-2015 at 09:21 AM
    You have uncontrolled drainage ans no downspouts. Judging by the first photo, almost all water
    from about the center of the driveway runs toward the house. I assume the "cinder" block are
    just sitting...

  • Posted in thread: Windows not blocking traffic sound on 04-06-2015 at 04:57 PM
    A single panr is worthless for sound or insulation.Some of you noise could be from the
    vibrations of the house. This is common if you are close to the airport, especially if you are
    sensing it on lowe...

  • Posted in thread: california going dry on 04-03-2015 at 12:54 PM
    When you have lawns and yards, the local competitive ego is contrary to the conservation of
    water. - Perhaps the U.S. should look at modern India.There, where the growing populations are,
    people live ...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 03-29-2015 at 07:15 AM
    From MSP, MN.This morning, it is about 35F with sprinkles of rain and a high of 50F. Tomorrow
    60F. The rain (what ever there is) will be welcome because we did not get enough snow over the
    winter.I do...

  • 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 11:06 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...


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