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  1. Masonry
    I have two additions being built on the same single story house. How should I tie the new foundations in to the 6" hollow block? Thanks in advance!
  2. Masonry
    Does anyone know what the coating on this CMU backup is (see attachment)? After some research of my own I think it may be an elastomeric coating. This wall will have a thin natural stone veneer adhered to the CMU. What are are the advantages of using this coating or similar coatings on a...
  3. Windows, Siding and Doors
    Hi folks, A flashing requirement really has me stumped. Currently, the windows in my kitchen are lower than the countertop backsplash and I want to raise them up above the counter so that they're easy to open and don't collect dust and trash, etc. My house was built in 1968 and it's constructed...
  4. General Discussion
    I’m not a contractor but thought this was the best place to ask my question as I’ve done days of research with no clear answer. We have a concrete block walled garage with 10’ walls that needs serious help. The walls have settled over the years and have cracked and separated, I’ll post pics as...
  5. Masonry
    I am building a large home in NJ with (icf's) insulating concrete forms. The plans have 4 window wells specified ranging from 12 feet long to 20 feet long, to provide egress basement windows. I am trying to decide what is the best way to construct these wells? The main objective is to have...
  6. Masonry
    Anyone have an excel spreadsheet for CMU wall take offs? Or just a simple formula for doing take offs that you use? I'm redoing some spreadsheets for work and need something easy and reliable. I've got one that someone else made but it's not that user friendly and want one I can get a better...
  7. General Discussion
    I am very interested in transitioning from primarily residential to commercial work. I have completed commercial work in the past but for the most part they have been passed over to me as labor only. I would like to cut out the middle man so if anyone knows the going rate in Central Texas please...
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