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    Holt Bulldozer

    Holt was cat dealer in my area until they sold out fifteen years ago
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    Dealing with poor sandy soil

    Can you spread the sand and get vegetation growing. Any modification could be damaged during next overflow event
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    Pictures of an athletic field contractor

    Sweeping to even out the pellets ( frequency depends on use) and vacuum to remove debris (yearly)are maintenance local fields receive. All equipment to maintain is either gas or diesel powered
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    Pictures of an athletic field contractor

    Spellcheck changed restriped to restricted. Normal lacrosse field fits on footbal field
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    listen this a project you actually bid or are you removing debris on time and material basis
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    Pictures of an athletic field contractor

    In my area lacrosse is restriled football field
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    License Plate Scanners.

    VIN can pull up all information about the original features of your car
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    Some Days…

    I knew a guy that died after he tried to get bail of hay that fell off his truck. He was ran over on highway
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    What water bottle do you have?

    I have contiguous, yeti and artic(Walmart). Contiguous and yeti were gifts. As 5030 said most brands are interchangeable
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    Some Days…

    Similar accident to Land Rover on my wife’s mustang. No damage except to hood
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    Brainstorm with me!!

    Is the dirt bare or growing things now. I have seen drags that are pulled behind small three wheeler on baseball fields
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    Anyone ever had to clear thorny Locust trees?

    Many people are allergic to the oil on thorns cause skin irritation. I have seen the thorn used as nails for powder horns in antique
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    Concrete Slab thickness for Bin Blocks

    Local town has setup for their different gravels. They poured slab and stack blocks on slab. They use loader with one yard bucket to move material. Still looks good after five plus years
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    Solar Eclipse...

    I am only seeing glasses for sale in my area
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    Which animals you think you could beat in a fight

    He was going down fighting and got in lucky bite on adult grizzly
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    Which animals you think you could beat in a fight

    One guy in old west killed grizzly by biting neck and severing artery. Lost most of his arm and numerous wounds
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    Determining Acceptable Value of Inherited Real Estate?

    Ultrarunner good luck in your adventures.when my mom started having issues from dementia I made sure to be with her every lunch and after work. Later my sister moved in with her but I still stopped by for lunch and after work. I know you made the last years of your mom’s life more enjoyable. We...
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    Prices on driveway paving

    Good comments . Modified Marshall mix is still common in Ohio especially on low volume roads and driveways. Micro surfacing is more of maintenance item for existing roads, very good at extending pavement life. open graded asphalt is also used on hills to prevent freezing of surface water
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    Tractor Colors~ What Would You Pick?

    There is city in Ohio with black fire trucks
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    VW To Resurrect the IH Scout as an Electric Vehicle.

    we had ten vehicles in our fleet disabled by puncture tanks
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    VW To Resurrect the IH Scout as an Electric Vehicle.

    Tow trucks on highway in Cincinnati carry gas , so it easy to add fuel if that is problem. on side note I was stuck in traffic for several hours with low fuel. I had about half gallon when I was able to get to station
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    VW To Resurrect the IH Scout as an Electric Vehicle.

    Ev are significantly heavier than ice vehicles. In crash test ev pickup went through guardrail
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    Telecom wires under future driveway.

    Call 811 to have utility marked. If they do not mark it you are clear of damages
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    3pt post hole digger vs one man auger vs Groundhog Digger

    What is your soil type, do you have many roots or rocks in soil. i have used hand tool or 3 pt pole hole digger
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    Skid Steer or CUT for Road Maintenance?

    Skid steer are not great for traveling a mile. Slow and bumpy ride
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    When does your project bid?
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    Mud Mess Jobsite

    the fill for building will not be granular material, probably clay. Op has tractor to compact not a roller. alan w what kind of engineer told you 8 inch lift
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    Mud Mess Jobsite

    Good advice except place fill max lift of six inches
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    Prepping for grass seed

    Where are you located. Different areas have different correct answers. check with local extension agent if you have one
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    Resealing older metal roof. Vinyl?

    I did this and roof was leak free until I sold property after about fifteen years
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    Concrete Chairs

    Not sure what Menards sells but cost is reason fiberglass reinforcement is not used more.
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    Concrete Chairs

    For structural concrete high slump is obtained by use of plasticizers.water cement ratio is kept low. Structurally all concrete below pour of rebar is ignored except to provide protection to rebar.
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    Concrete Chairs

    Ultra runner fiberglass is significantly more expensive than steel. Only used in highly corrosive environments or where magnetic properties are issue
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    Concrete Chairs

    Rebar cost money. unless slab is heavily loaded, it is cheaper to gain strength with increase thickness of concrete. fyi concrete will slowly gain strength for years if kept moist
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    The day the music died.

    65 years ago today , plane crash for the day the music died
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    Tractor News Everything Attachments?

    Saw article that they are involved in lawsuits over building new factory. Currently factory is locked down
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    How does the township end up owning ag land? Only government owned ag land near me is airport crash zone for cincinnati airport
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    How is the project bid, lump sum , clear each pier, cy of debris removed. do you need to do anything with sand and gravel build up can you grind and leave debris on site what is depth and current of stream in summer
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    You may want to try and pull a log before you cut. Extra leverage helps in many situations
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    Geico, and/orOnline insurance quotes

    How are you sure they have not done aerial survey of property
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    Geico, and/orOnline insurance quotes

    Hyundai are frequently stolen and expensive for body repair
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    What is the bed of the river, mud , gravel rock? is work allowed in river bed
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    Typically the debris will catch on the pier and then sand will be trapped in the debris field
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    The long boom excavator does not have much capacity due to extreme reach. Mostly used for grading and demolition.
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    Causeway would be fill temporarily placed in stream to get equipment closer to pier. The closer you are , the smaller equipment needs to be to remove debris. does water gets low enough to walk to debris with cable to hook and drag debris out
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    What are the rules for working in the stream? can you build causeway to get close to pier and use excavator with thumb to remove pile. crane with clam shell bucket will work but be slow
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    Got asked to bid a very unusual project

    How fast is current in stream. in my area there are modular pontoons that connect for rent. crane with clam is what I have used in similar situations
  48. S

    Dog stories

    My fox hound mix is similar in shedding to bmc. He loves sunning his belly in warm weather
  49. S

    Never knew what a Texas U Turn was

    This is what is called Texas u turn in Ohio
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    truss boom design

    What thickness Tube wall are you using. You are making a boom pole and forces are rather simple to determine
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    Chert driveway

    Chert is type of sedimentary rock such as shale, limestone or sandstone
  52. S

    What happened to Massey Ferguson?

    Bankruptcies in the 90s killed all Massey dealers near me. Old iron I see ,not much of the new stuff.
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    Drainage across driveway

    Not much worry of crushing drain pipe with concrete driveway . With relatively flat ground excess flow should not be a problem
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    Drainage across driveway

    I would put a pipe under driveway if you can get grades to work. Arkansas can get heavy rain or freezing weather. Both can cause issues with overland drainage
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    Removing Oil stains on asphalt driveway

    5 gallon is typical limit for environmental clean up
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    Christmas Gift Ideas

    It gives your pet a nice shiny hinney
  57. S

    Reduced Torque with Lubricated Bolts

    Torque is indirect method to determine tension in bolt. Any lubricant will lower torque for given tension on other hand dirt or damage to thread will increase torque for given tension
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    Real questions that you would like to get an answer…

    In Ohio insurance is on vehicle typically, but you can get other drivers excluded. insurance doesn’t require accident to be on road
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    Removing Oil stains on asphalt driveway

    It is easy to damage the asphalt by overheating. Be very careful if you go that route. There are many different sealers and surface treatments for asphalt ranging from paints to asphaltines. Not sure if the better sealers can be bought noncommercially. what is property owner saying. Will he be...
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    Do you have a thermal expansion tank on your water heater?

    tanks have been code in my area for at least twenty years. I did not put one in when I replaced my water heater. I have seen several tanks rusted and leaking
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    Removing Oil stains on asphalt driveway

    Save others from reading thread.The asphalt company recommendation was replace due to damage. Dawn was also listed
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    Removing Oil stains on asphalt driveway

    As Paul Harvey said transmission fluid is solvent for asphalt. What you are seeing is structural damage to asphalt. Try dawn to minimize damage by removing asa much of spill as possible. I would hand scrub and not use pressure washer
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    How do you do roof work?

    Safety lines on steel structures were not used before the late 1980s. Many iron workers in New York are Indian
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    How do you do roof work?

    Early in my career I worked on steel bridges with no safety equipment. I even managed to climb new river gorge bridge. 100 percent tied off now for bridge work
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    Rope cinch

    Materials are usually retired after they have been used in a fall
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Hyatt failure was fabrication change.. original design was balcony supported by three story threaded rod with anchor at roof. Fabricator requested and received approval to have rod only continuous from floor to floor. The floors were not strong enough to support floor below and the floor failed...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    That was the actual repair done
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    some people are recommending changing the truss by removing lower chord. Making center column in two pieces drastically increases stress in the joints
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Fabricator Modified design which greatly increases stress In member. Member failed due to increase stress
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    Metal 40’ Chicken house truss pole barn

    Nice reuse of materials where are you located do you have braces between trusses, needed for wind or snow loads cute picture of your helper
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    If you take out the bottom chord, you are dramatically changing the stress on the members and their connections. the original failure was at connection and your recommendation is increasing stress in those connections have you ever heard of the collapse of the balcony at the Kansas City Hyatt...
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    The bottom chord is holding your walls in. Remove it and you just have your connections holding the walls in
  73. S

    Putting a drain pipe through a retaining wall

    electriCal contractors have heat box for softening conduit to bend it
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    Putting a drain pipe through a retaining wall

    You want a non woven filter fabric for the wall. They make various types and grades of fabric. Make sure the fabric you buy is water permeable. Backfill entire depth of wall with uniform sized gravel
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    I would like more pictures of the truss to post connection. From your pictures the split 2x6 on the column looks like a temporary piece used during construction. Did lower chord break through support bolts. By design the lower chord should not have bending stress to break the way it failed
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    DO NOT REMOVE MEMBERS OF THE TRUSS WITHOUT ENGINEERING REVIEW. This could lead to collapse of truss.
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    Putting a drain pipe through a retaining wall

    If they use ductile water main in your arena you should be able to get short piece of pipe from water main contractor and sleeve the sdrthrough it. They make perforated sdr pipe for behind wall
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    The easiest and probably best repair is add a couple of pieces of steel angle iron to the bottom of the cracked member. use structural screws to attach angle to beam. The connection points of the truss are designed and would need to rebuilt in similar strength
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    Gravel Driveway Maintenance

    A eight ton roller will crack Ohio limestone
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    Roof Beam replacement.

    Could be very bad plan. Not a beam, but part of truss that is broken. Removing the broken tension member could cause the building to expand outward and collapse roof. How long has member been cracked. I would try to add reinforcements to existing beam rather than replace the broken member...
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    Where Does Your "Handle" Come From?

    Engineer on the Cincinnati streetcar
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    Gravel Driveway Maintenance

    Crushed granite is not common in Ohio. Op needs to top with 304, crusher run common Ohio designation. Rubber tired rollers are for rent at construction equipment sites but are typically 20 tons weight in ohio
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    Weight capacity of my concrete/steel bridge?

    The bridge is not old enough to be lower than 36ksi
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    Cost of Classic Tractors

    Where are you located
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    Weight capacity of my concrete/steel bridge?

    Find steel table with capacity of the beams , ignore deck for load capacity.
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    Tree cutting accident

    My regular glasses are safety version. Thirty years ago when I started working on bridges my safety equipment was a hard hat
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    2001 JD 6x4 Gator

    They have parts for my 4x2 gatorof same era. One of benefits of green paint
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    New from Ohio

    Welcome from southern Ohio
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    Rentals getting a bit crazy

    Shovels can be rented for $15/day
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    If you were in Alaska for the first time, where would you go and what would you do?

    I am doing cruise this month anchorage, Ketchikan and skagway , any recommendations
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    Finally got the bridge started.

    As dodge man said abutment is weak point, what are you using as deck
  92. S

    How did you meet your better half?

    She was secretary at work. She was engaged at the time to a jerk. When she broke off engagement coworkers talked me into dating her. Married 32years
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    Massive storm clean up

    Similar damage in my area a couple of years ago. Most of the trees were chipped on-site. Very little was logged. They used huge chipper. Used excavator to move trees to chipper. On clearing site ,tub grinder was slower and messier.
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    How much weight can be added to disc

    Do not use sand bags for weight, he movements of the disc will quickly destroy them
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    What happened?

    Verizon is upgrading network and having issues
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Make sure to place riprap on the down stream side of stairs. This is commonly forgotten and can lead to failure
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Order low slump concrete (2 or less)and pour slow. I would add both external 2x6 and internal form ties. The internal form ties should have large washer against the wood forms to prevent the ties from pulling through the forms concrete will be pushing around 150 pounds per cubic foot against forms
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    guessing finished weight will be between 4to5 tons
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    I would add more support of Osb . There will be a lot of pressure from concrete on forms. on side note bottom of riser is typically cut at 45 degree angle to aid finishing tread
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    It is hard to use tremie without equipment to hold and then raise pipe
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    A couple of questions do you play to add reinforcing steel to the stairs how are you going to place concrete in the forms how do you plan to keep concrete from flowing out gaps under forms
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    How do you plan to get concrete to the bottom of the stairs ? tool rental stores may rent tremie Tremie for placing concrete under water is stiff walled pipe. It has to support the weight of the concrete that forces the water out of the forms. You fill the tremie with concrete with tremie end...
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Concrete tremie is used to place concrete underwater
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Although I am not a professional engineer in Tennessee, I have worked on many structures in the water. Some important things to consider: make sure steps have foundation below creek bottom. Have reinforcing steel going from foundation along length of stairs. Restore riprap along edges of...
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Pressure treated lumber was reformulated about 20 years ago. More water less preservatives
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    Always carry a valid spare tire and tools to change it.

    I had a ford fusion as company vehicle, the year it came out. I put a nail through the sidewalk the first week I had it. It took a week to get replacement tire . It is not just high end vehicles with odd sized tires
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Have you noticed all of the concrete structures on streams that have lasted for decades
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    You should put foundation at the bottom of stairs, something like 3x3 by width of stair dug into creek bottom
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    How big is the drainage area of the creek. Is most of area upstream farm land
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    Exposed Aggregate concrete help

    The capability of a precast plant far exceeds what homeowner can do. That is why the potential solutions are different
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Many bridges use spread foundations on existing soil. They are designed that bottom of foundation is below the anticipated scour. The rebar along the length makes stairs act as a beam and the foundation protects the stairs from scour
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Concrete stairs should have negligible effect on the riprap and filter fabric. You are slightly reducing the capacity of the stream . Worst effects will be when the channel is just at point of overtopping
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Typically the steps have rebar along the length and foundation at the bottom
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    Pouring steps down to the creek/swimming hole...nope, never done it before!

    Lots of hydrostatic pressure at seven feet of height. Make sure steps are well braced and anchored
  115. S

    Septic tank and leach field

    There are cameras that go down drainpipes. The camera can be located by handheld sensor. This will trace drain to septic tank. Many plumbers have these cameras. How are you emptying tank of solids
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    Exposed Aggregate concrete help

    Angle grinder with diamond blade. Surface will be smooth
  117. S

    Exposed Aggregate concrete help

    Grinding will give a different appearance than the exposed aggregate
  118. S

    Exposed Aggregate concrete help

    I would try as high of psi as I could get. If too abrasive you can get wider spray pattern
  119. S

    Exposed Aggregate concrete help

    I would try pressure washing the surface. Professional repair would be sandblast
  120. S

    All thread rod as rebar

    Standard rebar is weldable. Some specialty rebar may not be weldable. Loading of bar determines whether it should be welded or not
  121. S

    All thread rod as rebar

    Rebar is weldable. welding is used primarily on large diameter bars
  122. S

    All thread rod as rebar

    Four inch thickness will be hard to get any practical use from reinforcing steel except as crack control
  123. S

    All thread rod as rebar

    Mild steel is just weaker rebar, the high end all thread is stronger rebar. I have repaired bridge piers using all thread as the reinforcement by design
  124. S

    All thread rod as rebar

    Most rebar is uncoated because that is the cheapest
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    All thread rod as rebar

    Do you know the strength of the all thread. Old rebar was smooth, 80 years ago. If strength of all thread is 60 to 80 ksi use it as you would rebar. If strength is lower use more all thread reinforcement is used based on its material strength
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    What is some of your Pet Peeve's

    If I am stuck at airport, I prefer to be stuck at big airport. I was stuck at Seattle because it was scheduled to snow the next day. No comps as it was weather delay.wife and I were flying with our mothers. United wanted to fly my mother and mother in law on standby to dc. Both were late...
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    Easements

    In Ohio For approved project , the government can take your property. They will pay as minimum fair market value. there are not many alternatives if the bike route is already approved. it is very rare to split property through eminent domain except if owner wants the remainder
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    Easements

    in Ohio, a win in eminent domain is getting the price you want. You can’t stop an approved public improvement. When bike trail went in by me there were initial protest, now neighbors love it
  129. S

    What is some of your Pet Peeve's

    Pre existing is just insurance term. the condition was around longer than the insurance
  130. S

    Making Copper Pipe into Overhead Sprinkler

    I have not seen a hole in a pipe that wasn’t a stream of water. You need a spray head for fire suppression
  131. S

    On flat but wet ground, will a zero turn or tractor have better traction?

    My John Deere 1025r with r14 tires is hands down better in wet ground than exemark with turf tires. Both 60 in deck, exemark will rut wet areas,
  132. S

    Planting cover crop on a hillside

    Hydro seeder rental-was trailer mounted. the pulp mixture stuck to utility poles
  133. S

    Planting cover crop on a hillside

    Many tool rentals have hydro seed machines. I rented one with about 100 ft spray reach
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    1.5 acres. Am I nuts for thinking about a tractor?

    Good post ls tractor owner, I went against grain for this forum and got smaller tractor, for maneuverability and less damage to lawn. Deere 1025r with r -14 tires. I use smaller tractor more
  135. S

    What to add to this "soil"?

    Limestone would not have low ph
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    1.5 acres. Am I nuts for thinking about a tractor?

    Moss road has power trac and likes it have Deere 1025r with backhoe. It is very useful on small property
  137. S

    I think women would go extinct

    I had someone mow softball field with deck in raised position. Field has uniform 4 1/2” height
  138. S

    The day the music died.

    Queen of rock
  139. S

    Building a tractor bridge, long-ish span

    I would go with the trailer, 35 ft is huge span to guess at load capacity
  140. S

    Best midsized SUV

    With good tire never had a snow problem in ten years we owned our minivan in Ohio. Fed chevy
  141. S

    Best midsized SUV

    2006 highlander loved to drink oil, quart about every 700 miles. Plus numerous little issues. Happy when it died in wreck
  142. S

    Pick Up Bed Liners

    Bought a used truck with plastic Bed liner. It was slick. current truck has line X , still looks good after seven years
  143. S

    Galvanized chain link fence in concrete pour

    Fiberglass rebar does not rust , regular rebar rusts. Fiberglass is used in corrosion environments
  144. S

    Lead Contamination at Shooting Ranges

    I cleaned up shooting range that was used by club in 40s and fifties. To make it worse national guard used areas to practice equipment operations. 10 acre site 1.4 million dollars . Heavily fertilized soil and hauled it to landfill to use as cap. We excavated down six to eight feet to remove...
  145. S

    Mayfield, seven months after tornado

    When flood hit near my town, the Red Cross was good at putting up banners for other people feeding the workers. They also had paperwork to fill out before you were allowed to help their clients
  146. S

    Should I build a greenhouse?

    As big tiller said year round requires supplemental heat and ventilation . I would start with simple hoop house to extend season on each end. If you like results you can expand. From my limited experience rodents love greenhouses
  147. S

    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    asphalt milling would be closer to a 304 mixture with some larger chunks
  148. S

    Iron planet auctions.

    Many times the auction is extended if there is a last minute bid
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    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    mixtures of stone do not have a size call out. At most they have maximum size
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    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    304 is a mixed stone specification so there is no size to call out
  151. S

    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    304 stone meets the requirements from the odot specifications, also known as b19 to old guys in Ohio. B19 is old spec number for 304
  152. S

    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    All stone sizes listed ,except 304 and 411 which are from odot specifications ,are stone that is captured by standard screen sizes
  153. S

    Limestone road base issue

    In many locations crushed stone is limestone
  154. S

    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    The original poster is in Ohio, so I gave him Ohio stone terms For the topping material. #1,#2 &57s are from national standards
  155. S

    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    304 is odot specification number since op is in Ohio. It is one inch minus. 57 are stone sized between the 5 and 7 standard sized sieves
  156. S

    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    57s are not good top coat for parking, 304 is better option.
  157. S

    Any Excavation Professionals Feel Like Giving Advice?

    Ohio does not use granite screening, trucking is too expensive
  158. S

    Starting my bridge!!

    Bowing of the truss will be how it fails, why would you want to give it a head start to failure. end post can be the easiest length to weld
  159. S

    Small creek bridge abutment design?

    If he worried a bridge over the creek will run into wetland issues, a culvert will not work
  160. S

    Starting my bridge!!

    For a short span bridge you don’t need to worry about expansion at you abutments
  161. S

    Starting my bridge!!

    Making the truss into your railing, introduces lateral stability issues that should be accounted for. Can lead to sudden failure of your bridge. These calculations are not read chart and get your member type designs. king post under bridge is a much simpler design for stress and loading. your...
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    Starting my bridge!!

    Yes the bridge can be totally redesigned to get rid of king post, but you are making the structure a lot more complicated and harder to build safely . in a suspension bridge the towers are in compression and have relatively equal forces acting on each side the bridge under discussion is truss...
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    Starting my bridge!!

    if the king truss is used above the deck you are making the railing a main structural element. Below the deck the deck is the compression member. You are also inducing a lot of stress in the end post connection. In former career I was lead bridge inspector
  164. S

    Starting my bridge!!

    Get bigger bar rather than try to double up bars would be easier in most cases
  165. S

    Starting my bridge!!

    Gusset plates are huge because they have a lot of holes in them. They splices are usually placed in areas of zero moment for the dead load, so they are designed primarily for shear
  166. S

    Small creek bridge abutment design?

    You want to be at least a foot back from existing creek bed with your piers. The pedestrian bridge is failing from scour. Having new bridge footing below the creek bed helps protect against scour
  167. S

    Small creek bridge abutment design?

    Drill hole 12 in or more in diameter . Go below existing creek bottom. One hole at each end of abutment put rebar in hole, rebar should extend into your abutment fill hole with concrete, pour abutment on top of piers with rebar in abutment
  168. S

    Small creek bridge abutment design?

    Can you drill piers below creek level
  169. S

    Starting my bridge!!

    Rebar pins going into the ground are cost and effort that give you little strength in return. If you want to drive pins use tubing not rods. The pins will be in compression
  170. S

    Starting my bridge!!

    Rebar is very weldable. Use it or rod which ever is cheapest
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    Starting my bridge!!

    Rebar is terrible when loaded by itself in compression. This is situation if you drive it into the ground to support the abutment. pretensioning works for steel or concrete. It will help in this structure by putting the tube in compression. pretensioning helps because there is less material in...
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    Starting my bridge!!

    My degree is in civil engineering and I have worked as structural engineer. the pretensioning will put tube in compression and it will work similar as concrete beam rebar is just round steel bars. The steel does care about its shape it just resist loads applied to it. Rebar has been welded on...
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    Starting my bridge!!

    In stall your reinforcing king truss as soon as you can. Additional dead load of bracing and deck will help load it
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    How do I remove rimguard beet juice?

    Antifreeze is approximate 8.5 ,it is mostly water which is 8.34 pounds per gallon
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    Trailer painting

    Surface prep is the most important thing when using poor-15. It is almost impossible to get trailer clean enough with wire brush to use por-15. It will start flaking off in the corners and then quickly progress over the rest of the trailer.
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    Disposing of contaminated diesel

    Diesel is the same as home heating oil, what is contaminated
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    Advice request from mechanical engineers

    Your question is structural and not mechanical the all thread has safety factors for the load to assure the rod is not damaged or fails by fatigue. without the proper equipment you can not measure strain on the all thread as others noted there are different grades of steel with your procedure...
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    Sad and Tragic Recovery Accident in AZ.

    The stuck truck was a heavy duty pickup, not many vehicles can pull it from stuck position without assistance
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    Using Railroad Track for bridge beams

    You have be a good welder as crack can lead to entire bridge falling
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    Using Railroad Track for bridge beams

    Railroad track around is commonly used in retaining walls from comments here, most of you have not seen a bridge beam prior to lateral bracing installation. They can be move with your hand
  181. S

    Using Railroad Track for bridge beams

    Railroad track is used for many structural applications. You need to brace the beams for lateral movement. do You have a way to move them into place
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    Old Barn used for equipment, You think this will work?

    Removing the siding can reduce lot capacity of the roof as well as shear depending on framing method in attached example there is no need for beam because there is nothing above door
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    Rant: Modern household appliances are of poorer quality

    I had control board on my dishwater go bad, the machine would start but not go to the step step unless you manually pushed the button for that phase. $500 part for five year old machine. bought new machine
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    What size earth auger bit do you use for a 4x4 fence post?

    The sika product for homeowners is similar to the utility product. The residential poles are typically eight feet in the ground. Over bore is approximately two inch wider than pole
  185. S

    What size earth auger bit do you use for a 4x4 fence post?

    For the past five years local utility is using foam when setting poles. They are not having poles fall over
  186. S

    How to spend your legacy?

    For decades we had one hospice with several locations. They did all of that stuff, one year my son was young volunteer of the year. Just before Covid second organization started. Last year another started.
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    How to spend your legacy?

    Apparently hospice is money maker now.in the past few years several new hospice organizations have opened in my area
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    Locked in the Car and Unable to get Out - Food for Thought

    Ford has automatic setting that will do this but she pushed switch to manually on
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    Locked in the Car and Unable to get Out - Food for Thought

    With Ford Edge,wife left headlights on and drained battery. Car automatically turned off lights at 8 volts. Locks worked but it would not crank
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    How to spend your legacy?

    Dementia is terrible disease. Patients have good days and bad ones. It is toddler in reverse. With babies you track the new things they can do. Dementia causes you to see the things they use to do and may not be able to complete in the future. Patients are easily confused and become angry...
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    How to spend your legacy?

    I had great uncle that had to be put in home, was in great physical condition but liked to walk with dementia. Lock down facility
  192. S

    How to spend your legacy?

    Money to pay off the tab will just go to the state, better if you find good place that helps them stay in their own home. my mom got sick and went in hospital and they thought she would die any day as she was unresponsive and would not eat. We got her in hospice at home. She was happy eating...
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    COYOTES

    Eastern coyotes has little genetic mixing, natural selection favors different body size in different climates
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    TruFuel 50-1or Stihl 50-1 or Red Armor 50-1??

    i use the stihlbrand and like it, no experience with other two. use because I have intermittent use of chain saw. For blower I use ethanol free gas. I am lucky that neighborhood station has it
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    How to spend your legacy?

    There was a guy in Cincinnati that died without family. He left his money in trust for park improvement 100 years after he died. Now there is dog park and accessible playground in his name With grants to other parks in area
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    concrete bunker blocks pond dam

    I hope your cousins are doing well
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    concrete bunker blocks pond dam

    Eddie most of the times a leak will get worse on a dam. the leak will concentrate flow in one area and scour a large hole. A cheap solution is many times the most expensive in the long run. ps why is your Facebook tag in Cyrillic
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    concrete bunker blocks pond dam

    The v blocks are not water tight at joints or beneath blocks. The constant leaking will cause problems.
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