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If the concrete block under the parging is in...

If the concrete block under the parging is in good condition, then it is primarily a cosmetic issue. Can you tell if the ivy is what ripped the parging off the wall, or did the ivy take advantage of...
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Gravel will perform better. You will minimize...

Gravel will perform better. You will minimize settling if you "rod" the gravel with a piece of heavy rebar (imitating the action of a sheepsfoot roller). Make sure the gravel is confined and cannot...
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It is unlikely that there is a quick fix. You...

It is unlikely that there is a quick fix. You are correct, saturated soil exacerbates the problem. Good drainage will slow down the failure, but it will not stop it. The wall will need to be...
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It is difficult to save a retaining wall that was...

It is difficult to save a retaining wall that was not built correctly in the first place. How thick is it? Is it brick, or a brick veneer on a concrete wall? Saturated soil has much higher active...
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Posted By eclark

First, determine why it fell off. Was it on the...

First, determine why it fell off. Was it on the corner where expansion and contraction forces will "work" the joint? If so, cut out the corner mortar joint and replace with sealant. How was the...
03-13-11, 07:51 PM
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Posted By eclark

Have you considered putting a traffic bearing...

Have you considered putting a traffic bearing membrane (think parking deck coating) over the concrete and tying it into the surrounding walls? If you want a vestibule, then go ahead and add the...
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Yes, it is due to the ice dam above. It is not...

Yes, it is due to the ice dam above. It is not always sun exposure, but can be caused by heat sources (lights, insulation gaps) in the attic that cause local melting of snow. I assume that you...
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You are correct--don't cut trusses. If you take...

You are correct--don't cut trusses. If you take two trusses and slide them transversely so that they are next to the adjacent trusses, you will have almost a 6' wide space without a truss with...
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In order to determine what snow load is on your...

In order to determine what snow load is on your roof, take a fish scale and a plastic bucket, measure a 12" x 12" area, cut with a show shovel, and then carefully shovel everything within that...
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You are asking inspectors to make a judgement...

You are asking inspectors to make a judgement that only an engineer can handle. If you have inclined rafters pushing against the top of a wall, you need something to restrain them. A tie piece...
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I second the advice to make sure the soffits are...

I second the advice to make sure the soffits are not blocked. You can buy rigid foam inserts which keep an open flow of air from the soffit. Do you have can lighting fixtures which are not designed...
02-10-11, 07:14 PM
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Posted By eclark

Here are two photographs of the burners under...

Here are two photographs of the burners under operation. Thanks for the tip on photobucket.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g421/eclark9/IMG_2379.jpg...
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Are these rafters, or just rafter tails? Yes,...

Are these rafters, or just rafter tails? Yes, the out of plane movement reduces their capacity. Should you panic? Depends on what the demand on the rafter (or rafter tail) is compared with the...
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Was there any replacement of the 1x roof decking...

Was there any replacement of the 1x roof decking when the shingles were replaced? What the pictures show is characteristic of the sheathing lifting. It is common below skylights when using plywood...
02-09-11, 09:43 AM
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Posted By eclark

Flame Description

My apologies, I've tried to upload the photographs but the description of how to do it in the FAQ section does not match the options on the Post Reply screen, and I don't have a web site where I can...
02-07-11, 04:24 PM
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Posted By eclark

flame coming from crossover tube

I have a Carrier 58SS080 natural gas furnace. The fusible link went out, and after I replaced it it went out again after 2 days. There is flame coming from the crossover tube. It extends about 1"...
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