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Insulated slabs usually have vapor barrier underneath. Since you did a test and found no moisture, there should be no problem installing vinyl flooring on it.


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with ease 5/32" is just 1/16" smaller than 3/16". My guess is that, either due to a really good hammer-drill or relatively soft or brittle surface, you drilled the holes a little too big. If the location of the holes is critical (i.e., have to be where you already drilled) then get some larger screws - e.g., 1/4". If the location is not so critical then ...


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To strictly answer your question : Add the most amount of water per the manufacturer instructions and no more. The better answer is that you don't want to rely on water to control your workability. I hope you are planning to do this a few times, because you will have some trial and error. Your mortar will want to shrink, so it might crack. Excessive water ...


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Your plan to use an angle grinder is the way to go. The masonry disks for your grinder will cut the metal reenforcement wire or rebar. The metal will reduce the blade or disk life so get more than you think you need you can return unused ones. Cutting concrete is really messy when done dry, make sure to have a quality dust mask and you may want to seal off ...


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The lard will work fine. The laminated wood would give you smoother sides and bottom.


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Whether your concrete base will survive is irrelevant, because your beam will fail. See: https://www.amesweb.info/StructuralAnalysisBeams/Stresses_Steel_Hollow_Structural_Sections.aspx Input: Output: Notice the highlighted field of the output. That's the stress you'll be putting on the connection with the ground, (assuming it's rigid). The yield ...


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You'll want to use vegetable shortening, not lard. It will be a lot cheaper unless you have local market conditions that create a glut of pig's fat. Where I come from, you have to go to an artisan grocery to even get lard. The cheapest hydrogenated vegetable shortening is fine for this, but don't eat it because there are health issues with it. For ...


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You need to clean up that area and fill it up with gravel. Compact it the best you can shoving the gravel down and to the back. When you're a few inches from the hole pour in cement. Pour in enough so it's a few inches above the hole and then slope it down away from the hole to deflect water from there. Fixing the gutter problem, maybe adding another ...


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Not using graded lumber can get you in trouble. Or what I mean is using a lower grade than allowed for a residence. If you ever have an earthquake this could be an area that the insurance company says they won’t cover your loss. And you want to use material that is below grade 2 and specifically listed as not for structural. I would not have this prior to ...


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If you're building something that is hard to tip over, it needs to be wide and heavy. Your poles unfortunately have a huge lever arm compared to the base. The weight of your base multiplied by its radius needs to be more than the tension in the sail cloth multiplied by the height of the pole. If you have a 6' pole and a 16" wide base, the leverage works ...


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It will be very hard to give guidance as to if a particular size of base will be adequate for your application. Here are some of the variables to consider: Length of the metal pipe that holds the sail cloth. The longer (and presumed higher) this pole the more lateral leverage it can apply to the base. Span of the sail cloth overhead. The longer span you ...


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A angle grinder with a concrete blade will be pretty awkward. I would use a circular saw with the concrete blade. It will cut the metal reinforcement wires too. You'll still have a lip that the circular saw can't get to so then use the angle grinder with the concrete blade or just cold chisel and hammer it out.


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If your main goal is privacy, take advantage of the fact that you are in Florida. You can grow things. Grow a hedge. source: https://www.ehow.com/info_7984475_plants-hedges-southwest-florida.html Bob Vila gives 10 options for Florida hedge plants here. https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/the-best-10-plants-to-grow-for-backyard-privacy-50057 Hedges will ...


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