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    fastening a strip if 1/8th" thick sheet metal to a concrete floor

    I've done one and did fill the gaps with patching concrete. Drilled holes then used tapcon screws but there's got to be faster/better way to do this.
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    fastening a strip if 1/8th" thick sheet metal to a concrete floor

    I'm covering old trolley style tracks in a warehouse and want to use a ramset to fasten 12" wide strips of 1/8 in thick metal to the floor with a ramset. Is this possible?
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    Concrete sat overnight and ended with a rough finish

    I'm going to grind tomorrow. If the homeowner wants really smooth, I'll skim it with a surfacing product. Hopefully, he'll be ok with just getting it smooth.
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    Concrete sat overnight and ended with a rough finish

    Looks don't matter. Most of it is going to be covered by a lap pool. Thank you!
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    Concrete sat overnight and ended with a rough finish

    I poured a 10 x 16 concrete pad in 90 degree heat. The last part of the pour was finished smooth but the next morning it looked like the cement and sand settled leaving a rough finish with aggregate coming to the surface. Can I smooth this with a diamond cup wheel on my grinder?
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    Repairing the opening of my fireplace

    I'm not planning on ever having a fire in it again. Just want it decorative. I can fabricate a metal frame for the opening then put the bricks back in with mortar or stone adhesive then tuck point the mortar into the joints. Sound ok?
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    Repairing the opening of my fireplace

    Here are the pictures. The bottom of the fireplace is filled with the old bricks. Obviously, some of them are broken. I'm sure that once I lay them out, I can peace the broken ones back in place. There's nothing left of any kind of support at the top of the opening. This was originally a...
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    Repairing the opening of my fireplace

    I'll get photos today.
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    Repairing the opening of my fireplace

    Bricks above the opening have fallen out. I don't know how to get them back up there. Do I put some sort of bracing across the top of the opening then build up? Do I mortar or use some sort of adhesive?
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    Need input on Jacking up house

    Thanks for the link and advice.
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    Need input on Jacking up house

    What should I use as shims?
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    Need input on Jacking up house

    I'm in a house that was built in 1920 on a pier and beam foundation. The house is sinking towards the middle. I'm thinking that I need to get under there and jack the main beam that runs the length of the house back up. The house is about 50' long. How many places should I jack under that...
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