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DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-17-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By BridgeMan
Most caulking compounds are junk, and not at all...

Most caulking compounds are junk, and not at all appropriate for repairing concrete cracks. Even if the cracks are routed out and blown clean, the caulking will usually not stay adhered to the base...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 07-17-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,065
Posted By BridgeMan
And having no safety railing around the...

And having no safety railing around the perimeter, it would be wise to not let Granny (or any aging friend/visitor/relative) out there very long, unattended. It's an accident waiting to happen.
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 07-17-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 563
Posted By BridgeMan
I kind of like the "putying" over the head idea. ...

I kind of like the "putying" over the head idea. But I thought he was the president of Russia, the guy Obama is currently feuding with.

On the other hand, if you really meant applying putty over...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 07-17-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By BridgeMan
Instead of wood, which will eventually rot and...

Instead of wood, which will eventually rot and require replacement (even when preservative pressure-treated), a better option would be to use a dry-stack paver block wall system. They would look...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-30-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,471
Posted By BridgeMan
It's been a week since the OP responded to our...

It's been a week since the OP responded to our comments, so maybe she just gave up on us. I don't think she'll get her fence built for the ten or fifteen grand she somehow thinks it should cost.,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-27-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By BridgeMan
A margin trowel is your friend for this project,...

A margin trowel is your friend for this project, as the offset in its handle will allow you to apply more pressure against the fluid repair product as you try to force it into the repair area. Putty...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-27-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 734
Posted By BridgeMan
Ten-four on that--my bad.

Ten-four on that--my bad.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-27-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,471
Posted By BridgeMan
But I digress, and sorry for the side-tracking...

But I digress, and sorry for the side-tracking from the OP's original post.

I would suggest getting a disinterested but knowledgeable and experienced engineer to work up a simple set of...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-27-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,471
Posted By BridgeMan
I was in the same boat as a 10-year-old, trying...

I was in the same boat as a 10-year-old, trying to sell Christmas cards. Hadn't had a sale all weekend, despite lugging the stupid card samples all around town for many hours. So when this rich...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-27-2014, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 734
Posted By BridgeMan
The typical "boilerplate" home inspector verbiage...

The typical "boilerplate" home inspector verbiage tells you very little about what is actually the condition of the wall and the framing/foundation inside and below it. Sad state of affairs, when...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 04-27-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 647
Posted By BridgeMan
With workmanship (or lack thereof) like that,...

With workmanship (or lack thereof) like that, it's no wonder Mike Holmes is a multi-millionaire.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Decks & Patios 04-27-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By BridgeMan
Yvonne, The pix tell me some of your deck...

Yvonne,

The pix tell me some of your deck boards will require replacement, so be prepared for that. If pressure-washing doesn't cut it, there's always the option of renting a walk-behind sander...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-27-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 686
Posted By BridgeMan
Are you the owner of the rental, or just the...

Are you the owner of the rental, or just the renter? If the latter, call the landlord, and tell him/her what you want. If the former, just pay for the remodel and add the costs to your accountant's...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-27-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 733
Posted By BridgeMan
The word on the street (defined as heard from...

The word on the street (defined as heard from more than one trusted source) is that Lowes and HD both use burned out contractors who for various reasons couldn't make it on their own, to do their...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-27-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Posted By BridgeMan
And if you live in a freezing climate, you'll...

And if you live in a freezing climate, you'll need a footing and stemwall installed under the new door's location. Not doing so will cost you big-time, and will be likely to cause you (and your...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-27-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By BridgeMan
Trust me, a swamp cooler won't work when you live...

Trust me, a swamp cooler won't work when you live in a swamp. Or even a swampy climate. Go with standard air conditioning, and pay the price.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-27-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By BridgeMan
Before doing anything serious, it wouldn't hurt...

Before doing anything serious, it wouldn't hurt to talk to your local AHJ people--they may have some thoughts (and more importantly, restrictions) on what you may or may not do.
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 04-27-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 411
Posted By BridgeMan
Since you haven't shared with us where you live...

Since you haven't shared with us where you live (trust us, no one here will come and track you down), it's not possible to say if they would work for you. Too much humidity in the atmosphere, and...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Bricks, Masonry and Concrete 04-17-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 316
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: 867
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: 844
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: 590
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: 1,328
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: 472
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: 1,001
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,...
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