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I work for the Spatial Ecology Lab at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. We are building and maintaining an ecosystem model.


Feb
20
comment options for new floor over concrete slab
do you have experience with using the scraper (demo hammer with flexible blade) vs a "floor maintainer" with some kind of carbide or diamond blades/paddles?
Feb
20
asked options for new floor over concrete slab
Oct
24
comment Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu rough opening without wood buck?
There are a bunch of factors - hard to go wider because the blocks on each side were poured full, so harder cutting, and if I remove the entire poured column, I need to re-fill the new side column. Also wider brings up potential structural issues in needing a different header system which drops the top of the window closer to grade. If I go deeper, it is easy to cut, but then I have more below grade window that I have to worry about drainage in front of, stuff like that...
Oct
24
comment Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu rough opening without wood buck?
Cool, thanks for the advice. I do not have a tapered masonry opening - just square cut CMU wall. The old windows were in the middle, but the steel frame extended to the edge and was actually set into the masonry (must have been installed before the final course of blocks). @Pigrew, that is good to hear. I might be able to do that on the wall that is parallel with the floor joists to buy myself a few inches.
Oct
23
comment Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu rough opening without wood buck?
The window vendor I was planning on using does not sell a window without a flange. For retrofit windows, they recommend scoring and snapping off the nailing fin and fastening through the brick mould into the buck (vinyl window with built in brick mould). Supposedly works well to replace windows in a framed wall without needing to remove siding.
Oct
22
comment Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu rough opening without wood buck?
you don't think the tapcons will blow out the corners of the masonry (screws/holes may only be 1/2" to 3/4" in from edge of the block wall)?
Oct
22
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Oct
22
asked Does anyone have experience installing window into a cmu rough opening without wood buck?