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  1. bud16415

    Cement, Concrete, or Asphalt?

    Around here asphalt is often put down as a base and then tar and chip is done as a sealer and in the future as needed tar and chip again. There are a few places with smaller equipment that will do residential driveways. In my experience once asphalt starts to go and if you live in a freeze...
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    Concrete/cement ratios

    I knew one guy that had no problem running a two-wheeled wheelbarrow right up a 6” wide plank. His name was Joie Chitwood. He got out of construction though and put his talents to different uses. :rolleyes:
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    Subpanel from stove circuit

    My industrial electric and electronic courses I remember the instructor saying “Electricity is nothing to be feared, but it is something to be respected.” That kind of summed it up for me.
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    replacing two rotten 6x8 sills under a 4x4 post.

    Looks Good 🔨:thumb: 🔨
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    Subpanel from stove circuit

    I know just what you are saying I did just that when I installed my hot tub. I came across the basement and then went thru the wall with conduit and ran conduit along the outside and up where I wanted my GFCI sub panel. In my mind I never left the house with that part of the run. Then when I...
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    Concrete/cement ratios

    Those days are alive and well only now in places like Mexico. I helped my company put in a plant down there and we built a building roughly 200 yards x 100 yards and the floor was 10” thick. I could not believe my eyes the whole thing was done with a few hundred workers mixing it all by hand on...
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    Concrete/cement ratios

    Concrete actually doesn’t “dry out” it is a chemical reaction and the water is trapped inside the mixture. This is the reason concrete does not absorb water and makes it a great long lasting building material. Here is a link. Why Concrete Doesn't Actually Dry Out.
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    New Member

    Welcome to the forum Hal. :welcome: You will not try and take over the ship I hope. Just kidding and I'm sure you heard all the HAL jokes. We got an Alexa last year and I asked her if she knew HAL and she said "In her family they don't like to talk about that."
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    Subpanel from stove circuit

    Well he did say he wanted to take the power thru the back wall of the home and then “bury it in conduit” he also called it a “workshop/garage” and that I assumed means he has some form of power out there for the workshop part. He also said he wanted “a bit more juice” to the location so that...
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    Quick connect hose fittings

    LOL I learned that trick as a kid working on a golf course and I came home and my dad saw me doing it on one of his hoses and I got his size 12 where the sun don't shine. I can still here him explaining the hose is 50' long it won't kill me to walk 50' and turn it off. That generation had...
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    Grading a lawn

    Farmers pick rocks with a skid loader all the time and they normally have a kid running in front chucking them in. They do make buckets from rails with spaces say 4"-6" that let dirt go thru and rocks stay inside. They work pretty good when you can't find a kid. :coffee:
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    Quick connect hose fittings

    I think he doesn't want to shut off the water when changing what he is connecting. All the ones I have seen and used have some kind of a manual ball valve. I have never tried an air connector with water but don't see why it wouldn't work except when I pop my air fittings I get some leakage...
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    Subpanel from stove circuit

    I’m assuming you have power to the garage/shop now that is taking a different route from your main panel to the garage. Is that power 120v or is it another 240v line. There may be an issue with having the building being powered with two different feeds off the main. With the unused stove you...
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    Best way to repair rafter ends

    I would use C-clamps and screws but that is just me. :coffee:
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    Fixable tap handle?

    Is there supposed to be a screw that runs down from the top of the handle?
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    Best way to repair rafter ends

    If the rest of the wood is ok. I would cut them off about half way back and make a new end and then I would make a whole new one the full exposed length and sister it all together. Some wood filler and paint and it will look like you have double rafters.
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    Best adhesive for mirror to plain hollow core door?

    I personally wouldn’t want to glue a mirror to a door or have that heavy of a dressing mirror on a door. I have 4-5 dressing mirrors on the inside of the bathroom doors and the inside of closets doors. They are all the cheep $5 thin mirrors with the plastic frames black or white. I think ours...
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    Too much time on hands!

    What’s left will become decorator pieces for the work shop or the man cave. :coffee:
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    Fixing a retaining wall

    depending on the design and the code in your area at the time it was built . Most likely they will be very close to the surface but will not be real close to the edges. Get a load of dirt and start removing the wall a little at a time and back filling tapering out the edge. Most plans show a...
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    Fixing a retaining wall

    You said it is around your septic base? If that is the case it is like a raised mound system that someone dressed up with a wall. If it were mine I would remove the wall and blend it down with a sloping berm. Something gradual enough to be able to mow and not look like a raised mound septic...
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