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  • Posted in thread: Landscape Block Wall on 09-18-2017 at 02:33 PM
    Soparklion11 -That unit you show is really not a good unit for a retaining wall unless there
    some secret hidden in or behind what is seen.When you lay a conventional shape block like that
    on top of an...

  • Posted in thread: Leaning retaining wall! Help!! on 07-18-2016 at 01:11 PM
    To my knowledge, all of the major acceptable retaining wall units are laid with the tops level
    (side to side or end to end). Some have the raised lip on the front and some with a downward
    lip on the r...

  • Posted in thread: What will I find? on 07-13-2016 at 09:04 AM
    mikejurasw-When you are dealing with older homes, there are some very strange wall and
    ceiling/roof construction methods. It is not a regimented and close-minded as current
    construction. The older hom...

  • Posted in thread: Retaining Wall on 05-11-2016 at 09:51 AM
    I think the 2'-6" interpretation of the code regarding "engineered" projects may be a local one
    or out-dated. When it comes to requirements, a code jurisdiction can adopt any reputable
    industry standa...

  • Posted in thread: Help with type of concrete on 04-06-2016 at 02:54 PM
    Snoonyb-I think your "pre-mixed" is generally referred to as "Ready-mix" in the construction
    industry.Ready-mix does not use common cement, but uses any one of the types of Portland cement
    (Type I, Ty...

  • Posted in thread: Sealing outside of brick on brick home on 04-04-2016 at 07:36 AM
    Usually any brick veneer with an air gap has a WRB (water resistant barrier) to shed any water
    and the brick have "weeps" at the first course to drain any moisture that is collected. - That
    is the com...

  • Posted in thread: cracks between concrete and side of the house on 04-04-2016 at 07:27 AM
    mpls-You have two different problems -1) The settlement can be handled with mud jacking, but
    you may see residual spots when the mud was pumped under the slab. If you are really concerned
    about the ap...

  • Posted in thread: How would you deal with the contractor? on 03-24-2016 at 10:17 AM
    Keep in mind that a "license" is no guarantee of professional quality.In many places, a license
    is a cheap way to be allowed to work in an area if the applicant pays the minimal fee.Did you
    have any r...

  • Posted in thread: Union Representative on 03-17-2016 at 07:09 PM
    glock -Just wondering about what union or unions you were involved with.A little while ago, in
    an earlier life, I was involved in union situations for company with 2 different unions
    (Teamsters and Co...

  • Posted in thread: Replacing failed concrete patio question... on 03-12-2016 at 09:10 PM
    "road base" is a local term. Usually it is fine enough to consolidate and compact well. It may
    well be good to fill the voids in the material left during compaction and provide a
    satisfactory level su...


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