Basement

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Where Are They Now?

. I've been going through some boxes of stuff hidden away in the basement. Many... More

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Will this Design Work?

I’m a mason working in an area devoid of building codes and cannot afford an engineer. I’m building a 16-foot diameter circular gazebo that will have a concrete floor. I will lay 12-inch half blocks side by side in a circle beginning 9 feet below grade and would like to use this space under the gazebo as a basement. The floor above this basement (or the basement ceiling, depending on how you look at it) must be concrete. So I will pour the wall solid and pour the floor at the same time, tying it in with the wall with a grid of 1/2-inch rebar on 8-inch centers to reinforce the floor. Is this rebar spacing, 2 inches up from the bottom of 6 inches of 2000 psi concrete, sufficient for this application? More

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Concrete Palsy?

My husband is a concrete contractor. He does basements, walls, slabs, etc. A doctor has told him that he has "concrete palsy." The first time it appeared was after he had cleaned out the inside of a drum on a truck, which involved vibration and a lot of dust. About three days afterward the skin on his forehead, hands, lower legs, and feet was an ashen color and very irritated and it peeled away. That lasted about three weeks. Now when he pours a lot of concrete it shows up again. He did say they use portland cement, but that's about all the information I have. What can you tell me? More

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Manufactured Concrete Products Go Home
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Precast Panels Build Better Basements
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