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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-17-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 166
Posted By BridgeMan
And if the asphalt mix in the truck is too cold...

And if the asphalt mix in the truck is too cold (from being "leftovers"), it won't roll and compact very well, nor will it be likely to bond with the asphalt under it. Get some more quotes, and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 02-03-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 611
Posted By BridgeMan
I agree with JoeD. A good engineer will be able...

I agree with JoeD. A good engineer will be able to tell you the cause of the settlement, and the best approach for correcting the situation.

If you try to do the job yourself, make sure to use...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-03-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 630
Posted By BridgeMan
Do the J-B Weld fix (or a UK equivalent), and...

Do the J-B Weld fix (or a UK equivalent), and provide a brief written explanation of what you did and why. Along with a cheque for 100 pounds sterling, in case the repair goes bad and the new owner...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-03-2014, 07:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By BridgeMan
I was told by a reputable HVAC guy (when shopping...

I was told by a reputable HVAC guy (when shopping for a new FA unit for a house in NM) that he wouldn't go with a 95% efficient gas furnace because they consistently had high failure frequencies, and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 01-31-2014, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 642
Posted By BridgeMan
Section Modulus of a 2 x 10 = 21.39 C.I. ...

Section Modulus of a 2 x 10 = 21.39 C.I.

Section Modulus of a 2 x 8 = 13.14 C.I.

Section Modulus of a 2 x 6 = 7.56 C.I.

Since the amount of any member's Section Modulus is a direct measure...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-29-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 351
Posted By BridgeMan
I suggest not going with glass walls. First of...

I suggest not going with glass walls. First of all, the heat build-up issues may well make the room unusable much of the time. Secondly, the glass and sliding glass doors will require foundations,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 01-29-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By BridgeMan
A specialty firm that deals with sports event...

A specialty firm that deals with sports event surfaces should be able to help you. If the cracks are reasonably tight (I suspect they are wider than hair-line, as a human hair is only 0.003" wide,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 01-17-2014, 01:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 833
Posted By BridgeMan
Why not pour concrete steps instead of using...

Why not pour concrete steps instead of using wood? Won't cost much more (and possibly even less), and will certainly last a lot longer. All while requiring zero maintenance.

I built a curved...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 01-17-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 589
Posted By BridgeMan
I will never trust online reviews for any home...

I will never trust online reviews for any home improvement services. Made that mistake when we had a new roof installed a few years ago. Picked an outfit with great ratings, only to have them...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 01-11-2014, 11:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 550
Posted By BridgeMan
I hope you mean just the bar top being concrete,...

I hope you mean just the bar top being concrete, and not everything below it. Pouring just 3 or 4 C.F. of solid concrete will place heavy concentrated loads on your floor slab that it's not designed...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 01-11-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 485
Posted By BridgeMan
For one or more reasons, your pan material did...

For one or more reasons, your pan material did not set properly. If it's sandy and can be easily scratched, it won't take a very good set to the tile you plan to lay on it. Sounds like you poured...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 12-27-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By BridgeMan
Are you sure the holes aren't weep holes, and...

Are you sure the holes aren't weep holes, and intentionally put there to allow any moisture getting between the glass blocks to escape? Although I have very little experience installing glass...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 12-17-2013, 11:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By BridgeMan
It would also help if you told us what part of...

It would also help if you told us what part of the world you live in. A lot of foundation problems are unique to certain parts of the country (or world). Your personal profile says nothing about...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Framing and Foundation 12-17-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Posted By BridgeMan
A method that would generate a lot less noise...

A method that would generate a lot less noise would involve drilling holes in the rows of mortar, I'm guessing every 3rd or 4th course. Then filling the holes with expanding hydraulic cement slurry...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 12-14-2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,858
Posted By BridgeMan
One of the worst things about having neighbors...

One of the worst things about having neighbors (neighbours) is that we can't pick them.

But here's an ice-breaker to try on the bully son: "Is it true that guys with big trucks always have little...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-30-2013, 01:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 743
Posted By BridgeMan
Hydrogen sulfide gas smells like rotten eggs, and...

Hydrogen sulfide gas smells like rotten eggs, and I suspect that's what might be generated by micro-organisms growing in your mud. Have you switched brands lately?

I always make a practice of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-24-2013, 02:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 495
Posted By BridgeMan
The "metal mesh backing" part makes me think you...

The "metal mesh backing" part makes me think you don't have real brick, but rather thin, brick-looking faux brick that are glued on. Whichever it is, it shouldn't present too much of a problem for...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Pest Control 11-16-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 940
Posted By BridgeMan
Cats are not an asset to have around if you enjoy...

Cats are not an asset to have around if you enjoy having wild birds in the yard. They will instinctively kill any and all birds they can, just for the fun of it. And contrary to a previous post,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Carpentry and Woodworking 11-16-2013, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By BridgeMan
If the wall on the left is modified (opened up)...

If the wall on the left is modified (opened up) to make it symmetrical with the wall on the right, relocating the light switch could prove to be problematic. Moving it to near the new end of the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-12-2013, 08:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 59,301
Posted By BridgeMan
Jet, there is no need to apologize for being a...

Jet, there is no need to apologize for being a woman doing home repairs. We all had to start somewhere, learning how to do things without the place falling down around us. With some decent...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-12-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By BridgeMan
Never hurts to be kind to the little woman. Last...

Never hurts to be kind to the little woman. Last year, I even bought her a pair of shoes to wear in the winter, after listening to her complain for years about her toes getting cold from going...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-12-2013, 07:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 633
Posted By BridgeMan
Concrete that has frozen will give off a pungent...

Concrete that has frozen will give off a pungent odor--much stronger and slightly "sweeter" than the smell of unfrozen (just green) concrete. If you can still easily scratch the surface with your...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-11-2013, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 633
Posted By BridgeMan
You mentioned snow--not good. If your fresh...

You mentioned snow--not good. If your fresh concrete is allowed to freeze early in the curing process, you can count on it being ruined and turning into gravel before too long. Time to rip it all...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 11-09-2013, 02:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 804
Posted By BridgeMan
In the 6 years we've lived on this central Oregon...

In the 6 years we've lived on this central Oregon property, the local power company has been out to take down three tall Doug fir trees. They were all more than 120' tall (around 3' diameter at...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-06-2013, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 38,138
Posted By BridgeMan
To answer your question, at least one person...

To answer your question, at least one person thinks the idea is a good one--the plumber, who stands to make a killing. As suggested by others, get a few more quotes. Maybe there are some people out...
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