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footing depth and dimensions will depend on the...

footing depth and dimensions will depend on the frost line in denver. your local planning department may have literature and boilerplate drawings on this.

rule of thumb is: a footing should be at...
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whether you can stick stone directly to the brick...

whether you can stick stone directly to the brick depends largely on how smooth it is. some brick is fired hotter than others, making it smoother, and it doesn't absorb water as quickly. if this is...
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the 4" block should be replaced with 8" block. ...

the 4" block should be replaced with 8" block.

are the 8" block courses filled with concrete?

and i assume the block is laid on a good footing.
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how old is the brick garden wall? if it's old,...

how old is the brick garden wall? if it's old, then it's possible that the mortar simply failed over time.

you could grind out the old mortar, install anchor sleeves or bolts with some epoxy, and...
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can you post pictures on an external web site -...

can you post pictures on an external web site - like photobucket - and post the link here? also, how old is this chimney?

the proper way to fix crumbling mortar is to grind out the joints and...
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do you have an extension ladder? or is that...

do you have an extension ladder? or is that window to the right accessible, so that you can look down at the area in question? look at the top of the brick where it meets the siding. is it...
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i would lay it out dry first (since it's over...

i would lay it out dry first (since it's over concrete, i'm assuming that you're setting the pavers in mortar) adjust where necessary, and see what looks best.

when you get your design right,...
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the covers are not emitting heat. if you were...

the covers are not emitting heat. if you were talking about the iron or copper pipe behind the cover, then, yeah, paint that sucker red.
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yes, natural gas-fired buderus. it has an...

yes, natural gas-fired buderus.

it has an electronic ignition (no standing pilot.) so i figured that if temps drop and we want heat at night, i'll just kick on the thermostat.

i was mainly...
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summer shutdown

i haven't been to the forums in a while. with the weather change, i have many irons in the fire - mostly outdoors.

and since we're having one of those san diego pre-summers here in seattle, i...
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slate looks nicer, and in your case, would be...

slate looks nicer, and in your case, would be adhered to your concrete. it's a perfect application, really...

provided that your finished porch floor won't be higher than your interior floor,...
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that appears to be stucco. but since you can't...

that appears to be stucco. but since you can't make a foundation out of stucco, it has to be adhered to something. preferably something concrete.

can you look into your crawlspace and see the...
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from your o.p., i got the impression that the...

from your o.p., i got the impression that the block/brick combination was higher than 8". after a re-read, i see what you're saying, but i have a couple of questions.

why would your stone...
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regarding the sakrete product: if you go that...

regarding the sakrete product: if you go that route, fill the wall with concrete after you parge it. make sure your pilasters are integrated into the wall; i.e. always lay one on top of two, and...
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put another way: this country - and a good chunk...

put another way: this country - and a good chunk of western civilization - is built on bricks. and a lot of them from the beginning of the last century were solid bricks.

i'm giving you a pass:...
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i'll second that. pictures will help greatly. ...

i'll second that. pictures will help greatly.

solutions will vary depending on climate/location (as the-tow-guy said,) soil type, drainage, etc.

remember: concrete doesn't crumble or explode...
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[many expletives deleted]. wow. first...

[many expletives deleted].

wow.

first question: where are you? please tell me you're not in earthquake country.

you might want to consult an engineer.

load-bearing block walls should be...
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i'm not sure what you mean by "low mortar less...

i'm not sure what you mean by "low mortar less concrete block wall," but you live in so cal. you should lay those blocks in type 's' mortar, then fill the block cells with concrete.

in every...
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not sure exactly of the soil or frost conditions,...

not sure exactly of the soil or frost conditions, but a concrete "rat slab" is going to be the most stable option. then you veneer the step with your pavers.

a second, cheaper option would be to...
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what kind of ground? what kind of climate? ...

what kind of ground? what kind of climate?

how big is the deck span?
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you kind of have to make these things up as you...

you kind of have to make these things up as you go, depending on conditions. i had a similar experience laying a flagstone walkway with steps at my house. when i got to the step, i adhered the...
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will the wall entirely surround the pond, or just...

will the wall entirely surround the pond, or just one or two sides? that's a big factor which will affect the price of the building material you choose. CMU and cast-in-place concrete walls might...
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yeah, congratulations. so how does it look? ...

yeah, congratulations.

so how does it look? got a link to some pictures?

the patio, i mean. :)
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mike, did they paint the block after it had...

mike,

did they paint the block after it had spalled? or is it just on the smooth face of the block? if it's just on the smooth face, paint stripper and a good, sharp scraper might work. if it...
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i agree with pulpo on the first one. make the...

i agree with pulpo on the first one. make the row locks and picture frame bricks the same color as the rest of the field. imho, the two-color brick scheme to accent the trim work is a little tacky....
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