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  1. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    Hello, I’m new to the forum and I’m hoping someone can explain what’s going on with my home. I purchased a house in rural southeast SD in July, and have been noticing random saturated foundation blocks around the perimeter of the home. The photo with the sidewalk pictured is the exterior...
  2. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    The steps themselves are freshly poured concrete and in good shape, but the big blocks on either side are crumbling (photos in next post). I called a contractor to have a look and he quoted me almost $1500, which is way outside of my budget and seems unreasonable. I have never done a project...
  3. Concrete, Stone & Masonry
    I'm building a CMU block foundation (crawl space) for an addition onto my house. I have and planned on using a 48" long lintel block to span the opening of the crawl space. But I'm unsure of the length of bearing surface I need for the lintel. I can't find anything in the 2009 IRC specific to...
  4. Carpentry
    Hello, I'm writing to enquire if there is any interest in a new design of rubber sanding block that would include: Tack (nail)-free holding of sand paper that ensures a constant snug fit Improved ergonomics for better grip and modulated pressure application to work I have a prototype product...
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