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What is the best way to install vacuum insulation panels on house masonry walls?

What are the challenges that comes with installing VIP on a wall? Is installing the vip on the outside better than the inside?
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Brick parapet material

Can someone please help. I'm trying to determine if stone or metal coping is preferred for brick parapet wall in terms of weather-ability.
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Engineering in the great pyramid

From an engineering perspective, how are the 'relieving chambers' above the kings chamber supposed to work? The 5 layers of horizontal lintels separated by air-gaps are normally described by ...
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Help! How to cement plaster outer wall. If gap between the two walls are 1 feet only?

[House Plan Image] My neighbor is not allowing us to wall plaster of the side outer wall.(Facing Neighbor side) How can I plaster the outer wall, which has a gap of 1 feet between our wall and ...
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Cause of stepped crack up and away from lintel

What are the likely causes of a stepped crack up and away from the edge of a lintel? See the diagram below.
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Should the corbel angle always be estimated as 60 degrees in masonry construction, or is there a formula to use instead?

In educational construction material as well as engineering publications, the corbel angle for significant excess loads, and also for substantial openings, in an ordinary brick wall is usually ...
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Could pre-stressed graphene be used to reinforce granite block construction?

I am curious whether this will become an option, especially for longer lasting structures. Could pre-stressed graphene or another high tensile strength material by used to reinforce granite block ...
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Is a granite block tunnel longer lasting than reinforced concrete? [closed]

Assumptions Building Process exists Waterproofing is able to be replaced Notes Please answer yes or no with the science backing. This question is only about the strength and lifespan. This ...
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How to grind smooth hard rock to create a road surface

I have a situation where I have a rough granite roadway about 15 feet wide and 50 feet long. The granite is solid granite. The surface variability is on the order of a maximum of about 4 inches. In ...
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Stability Check of Masonry or Brick Vault (or arch)

I need Some help in Checking the stability of a masonry vault (Voute in french) or even an arch. Hand Calculation: If anyone know any article or reference that can help me to check the stability of ...
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using air pressure as a liquid pump

I have a $100\ \text{psi}, 300\ \text{cfm}$ air compressor that we use for running power tools, I need a way to inject mortar deep into a small opening and was wondering if anyone had experience with ...
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How is brick size decided?

I am always fascinated to watch construction on field as it helps me to build my knowledge deeper. The answer to a question what I am looking upto is HOW is the brick size decided ? Like in India we ...
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Can masoned ceilings be flat?

In historical or modern buildings, flat ceilings are typically made of concrete, wood, metal, solid bedrock (for carved tunnels), or generally a material that can withstand pushing forces (pressure) ...
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How is biaxial bending considered for reinforced masonry design?

I am faced with a problem where I have to design a reinforced masonry beam for biaxial bending. The governing code is ACI 530-11. I cannot find a provision in this Code for biaxial bending. The only ...
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Would engineering bricks explode if used to build an oven?

I'm building a pizza oven and, to do so, I bought a whole load of engineering bricks (not these but similar). They've got five holes vertically through them, each hole is 2x6x6.5 cm (80 ml) and the ...
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One large fireplace flue versus two smaller ones

I am a mason contractor whom specializes in Rumford Fireplaces. I am helping design a fireplace that had a problem fitting in a single 18" x 18" flue pipe. So I installed two 13" x 13" pipes adjacent ...