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Originally Posted by Greger
... maybe today they'd require galvanized rebar...\
I'm guessing epoxy coated.

I'm placing my bet on a sinkhole!!!


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There are a lot of ways you can strengthen or modify concrete so it's more resistant to decay. Every concrete company has several. The builder just has to specify what they want in the mix, and pay a bit more. They go right in the concrete truck and get mixed in on the way to the job site. It's amazing how much better they can make it than the cheapest patio slab concrete. They can also add calcium nitrite, to eliminate rebar corrosion from chlorides in the concrete.

I wonder if they can use other materials for rebar, that can't corrode. Like carbon fiber.


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116-degrees when I got off from work today. I felt like I was living in El Lay again. crazy


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Originally Posted by pondering_it_all
I wonder if they can use other materials for rebar, that can't corrode. Like carbon fiber.
Carbon fiber would be great, though currently cost prohibitive. The addition of carbon to the concrete mix, in the forms of CO2 and biochar, are proving to be beneficial in several ways, including high early strength and durability - it’s also a way to sequester atmospheric carbon for long periods.

Air entrainment in the concrete is also a formulation that has been established commonly over the past several decades, reducing weight while decreasing water permeability and improving resistance to cracking and spalling.


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Oddly enough, this week in southwestern NM feels like Seattle - yesterday the high was 66 and it was raining lightly.


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I heard somebody say that the people, in the building, had been paying the owners one million dollars a year for building upkeep. He pointed out that nobody seems to have figured out where that money went. I am not a real big fan condos.

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Per Zillow, Apt 910 which closed escrow on 06/17/21 (not 05/17/2 as previously noted), the monthly HOA is $876 per unit. Not sure how many units there were in the building. Hmm But, if the monthly total did run $1M a year, that is only for general maintenace (pool upkeep, grounds upkeep, keeping the building looking fresh and crisp.) For major repairs that would be a "special assessment" which is a separate bill from the monthly HOA dues.

From what I read, as a result of the 2018 Engineering Report, each unit was facing $200K to make the needed major repairs to address the concerns of the 2018 report.

This morning on NPR, the guy who wrote the "inspect once every 40 years" regulation was interviewed. NPR asked him, why do you think once every 40 years is acceptable? The guy said, that was for a major once-overw and that buiilding ownews would of course, maintain their buidlings more often than once every 40 years.

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Puh-leeze!!!!! crazy Cheap and chintzy building owners in red states are not going to do more than what is required. Is this guy serious?!? rolleyes


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There wasn't a "cheap and chintzy building owner" involved. It was a condominium. Owned and maintained by the residents.

The building sat on top of deep pilings, sunk into limestone. I imagine those pilings are completely intact. It was the area beneath the pool deck which has most come into question. Corrosion, cracking, spalling...

Something caved into the basement/parking garage below the pool deck and the rest pancaked down on top. Nobody in the 80s was taking any special precautions about protecting re-bar or special additives to strengthen the concrete in cheap-assed condos.

Regulations and building codes were lax back then. Not so much anymore.


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Originally Posted by logtroll
Oddly enough, this week in southwestern NM feels like Seattle - yesterday the high was 66 and it was raining lightly.

It's been a lovely summer here, so far. Lots of clouds and rain, cool breezes, pleasant mornings and evenings. June is gone...two months to go...Talked to my youngest yesterday, it was hotter in Maine than it was here.


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It's been kind of like spring here, highs in the 80's, lows in the 60's. For the last couple of years we've had cooler summers and milder winters than normal. I'm fine with that. We normally get a week of 100 degree temps, but it's been at least 4 years or more since that happened. I looked it up, 24 June 2016 was the last time it hit 100 where I live.


many places up north have had hotter weather then we've had in Georgia. High for today 86, low for tonight 66.


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