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Type A asphault

My paving contractor used this on my driveway.

2 questions:

1- it seems very permeable - it soaks up water like a sponge. Is that normal? I worry that the base wasn't adequately prepared to...
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Posted By dumb kid

Well thanks for that help. And still gas is...

Well thanks for that help.

And still gas is cheaper by ~10%. And the $2.40 figure for oil is probably a low estimation. I know people who locked in a moth ago at around $2.89.

So is my NJ NG...
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Thanks for the help. I must say, I'm quite...

Thanks for the help.

I must say, I'm quite surprised to learn how much cheaper gas is in my area (NJ)

For oil I used a price of $2.40/gal @ 85% Efficiency

For gas I used $0.016 @ 92%...
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Posted By dumb kid

Cost of gas per cu ft

I'm trying to do a fuel cost analysis of natural gas vs oil for a steam boiler and I'm having trouble to determine the proper figure to input for the gas cost.

This is the calculator I'm using:
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Posted By dumb kid

Thanks folks!

Thanks folks!
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Posted By dumb kid

Interesting. I've had three companies out...

Interesting.

I've had three companies out so far to estimate a new steam boiler for me. None have mentioned a heat loss evaluation, but they've all measured the radiators (counting fins, etc) and...
09-27-06, 07:53 PM
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Posted By dumb kid

Removing basement oil tank

Thinking to convert from oil to gas. If I do I'd like to remove the oil tank from my basement - or have it done for me.

If I have oil still in the tank what is done with it? Anyway to sell it?...
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Posted By dumb kid

Okay, thanks for your interest. Feel free to ask...

Okay, thanks for your interest. Feel free to ask any specific questions. I see how I confused you, my sentence structure was awful!

The contractor will pave with asphalt, while I have elected to...
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Posted By dumb kid

cobblestones not sticking to concrete

I'm laying cobblestones as edging for my driveway, which will be paved after, using 80 lb bags of Sackrete Concrete Mix.

However, since the sizes of these stones vary widely, some didn't need to...
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Posted By dumb kid

permeable asphalt?

Having a new driveway put in shortly. Neighbor asked if I'd be specifying permeable asphalt?

Should I?

I'm in the North East and the driveway slopes downward toward the garage.
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Posted By dumb kid

Just a novice here, but how about a post and beam...

Just a novice here, but how about a post and beam under the slab, as one would support a deck?
04-21-06, 09:43 AM
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Posted By dumb kid

Thanks, I'll probably go with a solid stain or...

Thanks, I'll probably go with a solid stain or paint.

I'm a bit confused between the two though. Would one be preferable over another?

And when you say "putty or glaze", do you mean a wood...
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Posted By dumb kid

Double Post

Double Post
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Thanks for the tips guys. I'll just add some...

Thanks for the tips guys. I'll just add some missing info, for whatever it's worth.




Yes to irregular in size. They're rectangular, maybe 8x8x10.

The guy who's gonna do the blacktop said...
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Posted By dumb kid

belgian block

I need to reset about 40 feet of block along one edge of my driveway. The blocks are probably original to the house, which is 1927, and they seem to vary in shape and size more than todays materials....
04-20-06, 08:07 AM
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Posted By dumb kid

cedar iron stains

Contractor didn't use galvanized nails in cedar and now I've got black stains everywhere.

Is there a stain blocking primer and/or paint I can use to hide them? Will the stain migrate through?
10-15-05, 12:30 PM
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Posted By dumb kid

Paint over iron stain?

jerk contractor used wrong nails in red cedar deck and siding, so now everything has black iron stains on it.

Expert at http://www.wrcla.org/ tells me there is no fix, said nails must be removed. ...
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Your advice to use a stain that re-coats easily...

Your advice to use a stain that re-coats easily makes sense to me. Is that the case for those brands you mention, or just the Sikkens? And Sikkens makes a few kinds, which one do you recommend?
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Posted By dumb kid

Okay, thanks for the good info. I've been...

Okay, thanks for the good info.

I've been debating my treatment and color scheme options for a while now. I live in a densely populated NJ suburb with lots of colonial houses, which IMO lends...
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Posted By dumb kid

Interesting. I'd just heard that paint is far...

Interesting. I'd just heard that paint is far more prone to peel than stain, since it sits on the surface rather than penetrates, so as the wood releases humidity it pushes the paint off. But I don't...
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Posted By dumb kid

Stains, Paints, etc

I understand stain is the only way to go on horizontal deck surfaces, but on my privacy sides and rails, is paint so much worse than say an opaque stain? I hear the opaques are prone to peeling too....
06-29-05, 01:35 PM
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Posted By dumb kid

Just for closure... Yesterday the...

Just for closure...

Yesterday the electrician found lose wires at the main, and at a few other breakers in the box. Tightened them up and things improved a little, but the main was still getting...
06-28-05, 01:21 PM
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Posted By dumb kid

I get ya. I'll bring in a pro to check it out....

I get ya. I'll bring in a pro to check it out. Thanks again.
06-28-05, 12:57 PM
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Posted By dumb kid

Okay, I'll give that a shot. Now is my...

Okay, I'll give that a shot.

Now is my logic off or does it seem that in any case the main breaker must be going bad (or something else with the supply)? I mean if it were *just* that the fridge...
06-28-05, 11:32 AM
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Posted By dumb kid

Yup, over my head. Okay. So should I...

Yup, over my head.



Okay. So should I just replace the fridge (which I plan to do anyway) and if all is well after that, leave well enough alone? Or should I bring in an electrician now so the...
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