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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 06-11-2013, 11:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
Hey, that looks pretty good! I ended up...

Hey, that looks pretty good!

I ended up using something called "Chem-seal"... it is a concrete-based paint that breathes. I was told that water-proof paints trap moisture in the foundation brick,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 05-24-2011, 03:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,565
Posted By head-first
I'll have to ask my friend about that. He also...

I'll have to ask my friend about that. He also deals with mold inspection, and water vapor issues certainly fall within that realm.
Without being any kind of expert on it myself, I would agree that...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 05-24-2011, 02:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,565
Posted By head-first
I was talking with my inspector friend and have...

I was talking with my inspector friend and have another thought about this worth a mention... if there are currently no soffit vents, then why not just insulate the entire underside of the roof? You...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 05-11-2011, 09:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,565
Posted By head-first
If the slopes are filled and sealed, then there...

If the slopes are filled and sealed, then there is no convection through them.:confused: But I think I see what you are saying, that the heat, if trapped, may transmit through the roof, causing the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 05-08-2011, 10:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,073
Posted By head-first
crack filler?

I'm not really sure if this should be a masonry question or a landscaping question, but I am looking for a product that I can use to seal the cracks between concrete walkway and landscaping bricks,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 05-08-2011, 10:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,565
Posted By head-first
Company #2 is much more congruent with all that I...

Company #2 is much more congruent with all that I have learned about insulation. I have a neighbor/friend who is a weatherization consultant/inspector... he has given me tons of advice. I have read...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Insulation and Radiant Barriers 05-08-2011, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,173
Posted By head-first
By recommendation of a weatherization consultant...

By recommendation of a weatherization consultant (who is fortunately a neighbor of mine), I insulated my crawlspace this winter. The walls were done with four inches of foam sheeting Since the floor...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-10-2010, 08:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,130
Posted By head-first
http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f17/filling-void-co...

http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f17/filling-void-concrete-10224/


And since this post, I have gotten a bunch of posts in my thread.

(Mtowner, sorry for hijacking your thread, but it was worth...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-10-2010, 08:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,098
Posted By head-first
OK, I finally have some time to get back to this....

OK, I finally have some time to get back to this. Thanks for all criticisms (:rolleyes:) and suggestions.

As time is not in my favor, I did contact a small-repair concrete guy in town to get a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-06-2010, 07:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,130
Posted By head-first
There is some good info in this thread that I...

There is some good info in this thread that I will find handy when I do a similar task soon... I just wish I could get replies like this to questions in my threads. :confused:
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 11-01-2010, 08:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,098
Posted By head-first
I moved some stuff around in my photo bucket...

I moved some stuff around in my photo bucket account and saw that some pics disappeared from this thread. For some reason I cannot edit the thread starting post, but I could this post... this post...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 10-30-2010, 09:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,098
Posted By head-first
Well, the idea is to get the water to follow the...

Well, the idea is to get the water to follow the same path as does with what is already there around it. I added a new picture to show what I am talking about/thinking of doing...

The Yellow line...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 10-27-2010, 10:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,098
Posted By head-first
Filling in a void with concrete

This summer I rearranged all of the brick around the front landscaping. There were two adjacent corners, and with my new design, I just loped the corners off and made a 45-degree angle across...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 10-27-2010, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
I finished up the project a couple months ago....

I finished up the project a couple months ago. Here's what I did:

-I dug out around the foundation wall
-stripped off as much paint as I could with gel stripper and abrasives
-cleaned/prepped...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-23-2010, 10:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
Thanks, Christee. I am pretty sure I mentioned it...

Thanks, Christee. I am pretty sure I mentioned it already, but if I haven't I bought the place a year ago and have installed drains since. The downspouts on two corners are connected to a french...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-18-2010, 06:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
Which really doesn't help me figure out what to...

Which really doesn't help me figure out what to do. I've read up on stucco some... turns out, it too becomes damaged over time and requires repair. So is the advantage that the stucco sacrifices...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-17-2010, 06:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
Surprisingly, it is hard to get a...

Surprisingly, it is hard to get a straight-forward answer that is universally accepted. I've done my research only to find that there is too much varying advice about the matter and the only reason I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-17-2010, 04:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
I also meant to ask... the Valspar paint is it's...

I also meant to ask... the Valspar paint is it's own primer, thus not needing a primer before application?
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 08-17-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
The gal at the local Sherwin-Williams told me...

The gal at the local Sherwin-Williams told me that I can paint over the pre-existing paint with a latex masonry primer so long as it is latex as well. I did the rubbing alcohol wipe test and it is...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-21-2010, 05:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
OK, so I found this: ...

OK, so I found this:

http://www.houserepairtalk.com/f17/sealer-exterior-house-7727/#post35543

As it turns out, sealing out the moisture is a bad idea. I live in N.E. Ohio where it freezes and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-21-2010, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
The area above all the crumbling spots is just...

The area above all the crumbling spots is just vinyl siding, nothing too peculiar (you can see the bottom of the siding in the pic). The crumbling spots are sporadic with no pattern in relation to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-21-2010, 03:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
I've been searching, but still haven't found a...

I've been searching, but still haven't found a similar thread here. Somebody out there has to have had this issue before.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-20-2010, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,398
Posted By head-first
foundation crumbling

Hello all, this is my first post.

I have an issue... the block foundation/basement wall around my house is starting to crumble here and there and leaving craters on the external surface. For...
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