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  • Posted in thread: Basement drywall cracking rapidly - cosmetic or structural issue? on 08-16-2014 at 02:17 PM
    You are just renting, so tell the owner about your observations. He may appreciate a
    comment.Actually, a basement wall carries very little vertical load (even when fully occupied
    with a few feet of sn...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 08-02-2014 at 08:40 AM
    Not enough fishing.Too much good water in town or within 40 miles, but access is a problem
    unless you drag a boat (hole in the water) behind you or a kayak/canoe with a depth finder.My
    favorite for wa...

  • Posted in thread: What's your Temp? on 08-01-2014 at 08:35 PM
    Decent day today - AM low of about 63F and a high of about 85F (decent humidity). Clear skies,
    but some smoke haze from the Canadian fires (several) about 500 or 1000 miles away. Another
    week or so of...

  • Posted in thread: Possible water coming through siding on 06-29-2014 at 02:21 PM
    It is not leaking through the window trim and aluminum, but behind them. there should be
    flashing under the primary moisture barrier, so the water is directed down until there is a
    barrier of some sor...

  • Posted in thread: Possible water coming through siding on 06-28-2014 at 08:39 PM
    Looks like a combination of a poor installation of the window and the flashing. The flashing,
    if any, not being under the primary moisture barrier (if any) over the sheathing and water
    getting behind ...

  • Posted in thread: crack in lintel/brick discolouration on 06-15-2014 at 09:50 PM
    In the photo, the concrete below the upper window is NOT a lintel, but sill of concrete use for
    appearance. The surface light color is probably due to moisture with contaminents in it drying
    and leavi...

  • Posted in thread: Weeping tile installation on 06-05-2014 at 06:37 AM
    "Weeping tile", as you describe them are not, and not necessary for "floods" The operate 24/7
    and reduce the moisture in the soil around and over them. They have been used for many
    centuries in variou...

  • Posted in thread: Weird land survey on 06-04-2014 at 02:37 PM
    Wazzat? -You have to understand the basis for laws and methods of determining the property
    actually loaned. It is not uncommon for property line since that basis is the grounds for
    individual and coun...

  • Posted in thread: If you fill a bucket with on 06-03-2014 at 03:13 PM
    What is the bucket made out of? Steel, wood or styrofoam?Is it real somehow important?In
    general, it would sink. With adequate information, I could give you an estimate of the rate of
    sinking if you k...

  • Posted in thread: Bending tree on 04-30-2014 at 09:58 PM
    I have several pines and a large ash that are fighting for space and sun. I just had the ash
    (40') trimmed back and opened up and the 2 firs (pine and spruce) cleaned up to give everything
    a chance. A...