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Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,394
Posted By concretemasonry
Dudurban - The engineer you mentioned...

Dudurban -


The engineer you mentioned probably had a background in land surveying that requires more accuracy (in terms of percentage) than building construction.


As an example, in land...
Forum: Construction 05-02-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,529
Posted By concretemasonry
One disadvantage for wood in...

One disadvantage for wood in foundations/basements is that the long term properties of wood will give you more creep and long term deflection.


Just a difference in basic material properties.

...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 12-01-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,519
Posted By concretemasonry
I am about to do the blood test/genealogy routine...

I am about to do the blood test/genealogy routine for the first time. I am doing it to use to check on the agreement with my own ancestry research and find out where the recent liars may be.


I...
Forum: Masonry 09-27-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,379
Posted By concretemasonry
The products are essentially the same. Very often...

The products are essentially the same. Very often the packager will package several different brands of concrete/mortar is the same plant and use different labeled bags. the mixes made to a mix of...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 09-19-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 11,524
Posted By concretemasonry
I think the media has to over-dramatize storms...

I think the media has to over-dramatize storms like Florence and make it seem close to Katrina and show what the conditions are and what can be expected during recovery. Fortunately, the damage and...
Forum: Masonry 05-23-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,420
Posted By concretemasonry
Sounds like contractors with no influence on what...

Sounds like contractors with no influence on what they buy or block producers that don't keep up with the latest manufacturing.

60% solid is far to high even for a split face. Having a spit face...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 03-30-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,101
Posted By concretemasonry
The lower portion (below Stillwater) is over-run...

The lower portion (below Stillwater) is over-run with cruisers (small and huge) and runabouts and jets. My daughter has a cruiser there and they use it like a lake cabin and occasionally take it out....
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 03-14-2018, 09:03 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,924
Posted By concretemasonry
About 30 posts of gibberish. He could also...

About 30 posts of gibberish.
He could also drive a nail pretty well.
Forum: Concrete & Paving 01-15-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,369
Posted By concretemasonry
Contact your concrete supplier and ask them to...

Contact your concrete supplier and ask them to file a lien on the project. - Let him put some pressure the owner by threatening the "cleanliness" of the property title.

I was in the concrete block...
Forum: Concrete & Paving 12-30-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,056
Posted By concretemasonry
There is a huge difference between pouring wet...

There is a huge difference between pouring wet concrete and just leveling it off (amateurs) and placing stiff concrete and finishing (experienced). - There are some things you cannot control unless...
Forum: Masonry 10-04-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,276
Posted By concretemasonry
It does not meet any code I have seen in the...

It does not meet any code I have seen in the U.S., Canada or any foreign country.

It is fundamentally just like a bunch of dominoes stacked up and ready to collapse.

Dick
Forum: Masonry 09-22-2017, 12:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 911
Posted By concretemasonry
I have made these type blocks in MN and also seen...

I have made these type blocks in MN and also seen then in the Detroit area (within 75 miles).

Check the larger concrete block manufacturers in the area and they could give you a lead on where to...
Forum: Concrete & Paving 09-18-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,234
Posted By concretemasonry
Bubba - Keep in mind that the biggest...

Bubba -

Keep in mind that the biggest variable cost in concrete is the delivery.

As long as you are dealing with a concrete mixing company that also has their own aggregate, they will be happy...
Forum: Help Wanted or Looking For Work 09-17-2017, 10:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 796
Posted By concretemasonry
I saw an ad from the SBA in about January, just...

I saw an ad from the SBA in about January, just after Katrina (about 4 months).

I was a semi-retired engineer. I applied for the position as a "loss verifier". About a week later, I got a call and...
Forum: Off Topic (Non Trade) 08-29-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 21,809
Posted By concretemasonry
Much of the photos released make the whole Texas...

Much of the photos released make the whole Texas mess look like a little Katrina with a lot of slow moving water. - No bodies or dead pets laying around several months later. It does provide a lot of...
Forum: Concrete & Paving 08-24-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,646
Posted By concretemasonry
Looking at this from a long way off and after the...

Looking at this from a long way off and after the fact, I have some comments. This is after 4 summers in college working in concrete plants and then later working 30 years with ready-mix and concrete...
Forum: General Discussion 08-09-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,109
Posted By concretemasonry
Is that job closer to "heaven" or...

Is that job closer to "heaven" or "hell"?
Forum: Construction 08-08-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,359
Posted By concretemasonry
There is a world of difference between natural...

There is a world of difference between natural and crushed sand when it comes to properties. - Natural is rounded particles and the other is angular with that more surface area per pound or ton.
...
Forum: Masonry 07-29-2017, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,014
Posted By concretemasonry
JBM - The grout does not have be extremely...

JBM -

The grout does not have be extremely strong since no mater what the strength is, the wall strength is usually controlled by the block prism strength of a 2 block high prism for engineered...
Forum: Masonry 07-29-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,014
Posted By concretemasonry
Mortar joint striking is not a structural...

Mortar joint striking is not a structural requirement since it has little effect on the wall strength. It may have an effect on the water tightness.

For appearance, there are a number of different...
Forum: Masonry 07-09-2017, 11:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,095
Posted By concretemasonry
Zander - The properties of a sand depend on...

Zander -

The properties of a sand depend on the gradation (amount of different size particles) and the particle shape (rounded or angular).

If you are using it for concrete, angular may be...
Forum: General Discussion 06-22-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,867
Posted By concretemasonry
A number of areas in the U.S. make both modular...

A number of areas in the U.S. make both modular height and full 8" high (F8s) in 4", 6" 8", 10" and 12" thicknesses. There a couple of reasons for this.

At one time, some codes required a certain...
Forum: Masonry 05-23-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Poll: Masonry
Views: 1,229
Posted By concretemasonry
For driveways and sidewalks, I would not use...

For driveways and sidewalks, I would not use bagged products. In my climate, freeze-thaw resistance is important because of the use of chemical melting products that can reduce the durability.

Air...
Forum: Masonry 05-17-2017, 01:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,005
Posted By concretemasonry
That is called "spalling". Spalling can come...

That is called "spalling".

Spalling can come from the saturated block being subjected to repeating cycles of freezing and thawing. The water is a saturated block expands when it freezes for a few...
Forum: Masonry 05-05-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,475
Posted By concretemasonry
Fordp - Are you considering packaged...

Fordp -

Are you considering packaged proportioned mortar or are you mixing the mortar and proportioning the mortar materials yourself.

Different brands of untinted prepackaged mortar can have...
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