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DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 08-30-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,267
Posted By mudmixer
I have not had a land line in at least 15 years....

I have not had a land line in at least 15 years. Before that, I was stubborn and wasted money on a cell phone AND line line until I finally learned.

I carry it with me always and my wife does the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Painting Forum 08-21-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 200
Posted By mudmixer
I am just lazy - I bought some adhesive boat...

I am just lazy -

I bought some adhesive boat licensing numbers from the hardware store and put on only the numbers and not the street name. - Available in rectangular or cut out symbols in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Walls and Ceilings 08-16-2014, 02:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 170
Posted By mudmixer
You are just renting, so tell the owner about...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 08-02-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,524
Posted By mudmixer
Not enough fishing. Too much good water in...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 08-01-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,524
Posted By mudmixer
Decent day today - AM low of about 63F and a high...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 06-29-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 680
Posted By mudmixer
It is not leaking through the window trim and...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 06-28-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 680
Posted By mudmixer
Looks like a combination of a poor installation...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-15-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By mudmixer
In the photo, the concrete below the upper window...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 06-05-2014, 06:37 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,577
Posted By mudmixer
"Weeping tile", as you describe them are not, and...

"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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-04-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,434
Posted By mudmixer
Wazzat? - You have to understand the basis...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 06-03-2014, 03:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 902
Posted By mudmixer
What is the bucket made out of? Steel, wood or...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 04-30-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 786
Posted By mudmixer
I have several pines and a large ash that are...

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...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-25-2014, 10:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,628
Posted By mudmixer
Without any real details like like location, site...

Without any real details like like location, site access, soil type, depth to water, it could be a bargain or too high.

The footing could be 8" to 12" thick and 18" to 48" wide, the wall could be...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-23-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,628
Posted By mudmixer
In LA, the footing cost may not be cheap. The...

In LA, the footing cost may not be cheap. The frost is not factor, but the soils can be so horrible that the footings for 6' high privacy wall the cost goes up because of the history of winds that...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 04-03-2014, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By mudmixer
I think the poster is trying to take advantage of...

I think the poster is trying to take advantage of the "thermal inertia" of the soil below and mass of the block walls to even out the temperatures.

In a climate where there are radical temperature...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 03-16-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By mudmixer
I think the Thoroseal instruction are to apply a...

I think the Thoroseal instruction are to apply a second coat within 24 hours. That is pretty tough stuff and not like a paint product.

Often, an acrylic added to the Thoroseal to get some better...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 03-08-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 501
Posted By mudmixer
Those brick were never intended to be pristine in...

Those brick were never intended to be pristine in the first place and have a wide range of colors and textures and were chosen for that. I think you are seeing some moisture on the faces that bring...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 03-05-2014, 08:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,259
Posted By mudmixer
Your situation is very common. The walls are...

Your situation is very common.

The walls are usually sitting on a strip footing just like many concrete walls. The 4" floor slabs on these are usually poured late in construction and are poured on...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-15-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By mudmixer
The whole concept of a garage below street level...

The whole concept of a garage below street level does not make sense. I had a car slide down a driveway into the street when warm rubber tires eventually let gravity do it's thing.

Since the OP...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Roofing and Siding 02-13-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 925
Posted By mudmixer
Andrew - You forgot to check the references...

Andrew -

You forgot to check the references to see if the work the contractor did was up to standards.

Itemized prices after the fact are not worth talking about if you wanted a price for the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 02-12-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,524
Posted By mudmixer
Much depends on type of construction. Some types...

Much depends on type of construction. Some types are more thermally stable and do not respond to the rapid hourly or daily changes in the outside conditions.

My first home was a 1917 one story...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Chit-Chat 02-12-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 3,524
Posted By mudmixer
We had a nice balmy 16F this morning, breaking a...

We had a nice balmy 16F this morning, breaking a string of 17 consecutive days since will not down below zero before midnight. We just got snow of 0.4" that meant nothing and not like the ice and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-04-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 967
Posted By mudmixer
It could be local soil failure/settlement or a...

It could be local soil failure/settlement or a "global" soil movement that does not necessarily cause a lot of cracks but tilting and some small cracks, but in the end, one part ends up being lower....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-04-2014, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 967
Posted By mudmixer
Keep in mind the settlement is probably not due...

Keep in mind the settlement is probably not due to the stone foundation, but from the soil settlement.

Unless you are soil expert (not just gardening), you need someone to look at the big picture...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 12-14-2013, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 817
Posted By mudmixer
Concrete around a post is used to create a larger...

Concrete around a post is used to create a larger area for resistance and to separate the weaker post from the eventually wet and weaker soil.

Since concrete always cures and stabilizes it is just...
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