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  • 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...

  • Posted in thread: Truss uplift on 02-18-2016 at 10:14 PM
    neal -You should know there are no statistics on the various situations, let alone any
    engineering calculations. Unfortunately there are few situations that are the same and could be
    due to different ...

  • Posted in thread: Truss uplift on 02-18-2016 at 08:01 PM
    Truss uplift varies on the climate. A big difference geographically.In the cold, dry north the
    uplift effects come from the bottom cord that is buried and covered with insulation. That
    minimized the t...

  • Posted in thread: American English question on 01-28-2016 at 09:04 AM
    I got a language instruction from a cab driver in Chennai, India and learned that the world is
    really very small.I got and said hello.He said "You must be from North America. Do you want me
    to address...