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I've made temporary walkways very much like that...

I've made temporary walkways very much like that a couple times and it's worked very well. If you use 2x lumber for the walk surface (a full 3' span), it'll be a little bouncy, but not too bad. Just...
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Up here in the tundra, most everything has a...

Up here in the tundra, most everything has a thickened slab at the perimeter. Like Pilot Dane said, do a little digging in one or two spots, then talk to the building official. Grouted block is a...
08-25-19, 12:27 PM
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Before I retired as an architect, every...

Before I retired as an architect, every specification section that I wrote had the standard "Follow manufacturer's instructions and recommendations". And if there was a problem with a material on a...
08-21-19, 11:43 AM
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Are the pipes that are wet cold water pipes? If...

Are the pipes that are wet cold water pipes? If so, you might be seeing condensation. We get a little of that in our basement once in a while when conditions are just right.
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Posted By Bruce H

I think you should seriously consider fixing the...

I think you should seriously consider fixing the foundation that protrudes beyond the siding that XSleeper noted. That's going to cause nothing but trouble. You can probably do it with metal...
07-10-19, 02:32 PM
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Posted By Bruce H

The question is not if the columns elsewhere are...

The question is not if the columns elsewhere are adequately supported by a footing (which we assume they are), it's whether the beam is adequately designed to span 15' without a column. If you add a...
07-10-19, 03:23 AM
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Posted By Bruce H

If it were me, I'd rent a SDS rotary hammer with...

If it were me, I'd rent a SDS rotary hammer with a 1/2" bit and drill thru the slab next to the wall and away from the stair by at least a couple feet. If the bit breaks thru in 4" to 6", you know...
05-11-19, 03:23 AM
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Posted By Bruce H

Tolyn Ironhand addressed a few of the many of the...

Tolyn Ironhand addressed a few of the many of the issues that have to be considered if you want to build a room(s) above the garage; I've designed that type of thing 3 or 4 times in my career. Lots...
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Posted By Bruce H

Hal S is correct, that old mortar surface has...

Hal S is correct, that old mortar surface has been worn off after years of exposure. It's almost like a very small exposed aggregate surface like what's used in concrete flatwork. If it were mine,...
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Posted By Bruce H

You can do that. If fact, that's typically what...

You can do that. If fact, that's typically what is done. I would suggest having roughly 8" of brick below grade. Just don't forget to keep your thru-wall flashing and weeps high enough that they are...
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Posted By Bruce H

Definitely cover the tops!

Definitely cover the tops!
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Posted By Bruce H

The membrane is the best. Having said that, the...

The membrane is the best. Having said that, the first house I built was all sand and well drained, so I used a trowel-on waterproofing and it was fine. Regardless of what you use, if your backfill...
01-10-19, 08:23 AM
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Posted By Bruce H

It's hard to imagine any floor wax that would...

It's hard to imagine any floor wax that would hold up to dog toenails. I have heard of toenail coverings to protect hardwood floors, but I have no idea if they work. It may take a little research.
12-21-18, 03:12 AM
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Posted By Bruce H

I have a very old (20+ years) USG installation...

I have a very old (20+ years) USG installation guide that I used for years before I retired. It calls for 1-1/4" screws for 1/2" drywall and 1-5/8" screws for 5/8" drywall. I don't know if code...
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Posted By Bruce H

I learned about having a rope wrapped around my...

I learned about having a rope wrapped around my wrist more years ago than I care to think about, back in the mid-sixties when I was in my teens!!
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Posted By Bruce H

Just got back from getting the ice chisel...

Just got back from getting the ice chisel hardened. It worked like a charm; a file barely scratched it! Now to take it out to the lake and give it a try. Thanks again to everyone for the input.
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Posted By Bruce H

Thanks to all for the responses! I'm heading to...

Thanks to all for the responses! I'm heading to my friends house with the oxy/acetylene outfit tomorrow to try hardening the steel. Prior to hardening it, we're also going to grind the edge to a...
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Posted By Bruce H

beelzebob: You must be from a southern state...

beelzebob:
You must be from a southern state LOL!! This is an ice chisel for chopping a large hole through a frozen lake in order to fish through the ice and none of them are hardened unless you pay...
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Posted By Bruce H

And a follow-up question if I can harden the...

And a follow-up question if I can harden the chisel cutter. The internet says steel has to be up to 1450-1500 degrees for hardening. The internet also says MAPP gas burns at 2020 degrees. Do you...
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Posted By Bruce H

Hardening steel?

A friend has an ice chisel (for ice fishing) that I can easily sharpen using a file. Is it possible to harden the steel by heating it, then quenching it so it doesn't get dull so fast? Or does it...
11-21-18, 03:38 AM
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Posted By Bruce H

They even seem to show a dark line that suggests...

They even seem to show a dark line that suggests sealant at each truss bottom chord. That makes no sense to me; I'd love to hear an explanation of their thinking. Seems to me the drywall edges are...
11-16-18, 06:53 AM
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Posted By Bruce H

Years ago when I was involved in the design of...

Years ago when I was involved in the design of MnDOT maintenance buildings, the radio shops always had a screen room. I'm quite sure the screening in the walls was copper, but no clue what size....
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Posted By Bruce H

A brick/block cavity wall like you have is a darn...

A brick/block cavity wall like you have is a darn good wall for stopping sound! Without getting real technical, you have a wall right now with an STC in the mid-50's. Adding foam in the cavity will...
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Posted By Bruce H

You are correct that the insulation above the...

You are correct that the insulation above the vented air space does little, if any good. I would definitely not fill the rafter space or eliminate the air space entirely. You could add insulation in...
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Posted By Bruce H

I did a quick search on ACI's (American Concrete...

I did a quick search on ACI's (American Concrete Institute) website and it appears it's been researched (I suspected it might have been) using pumice for aggregate. ACI wants you to buy their study...
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