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im digging a room under my garadge and the ground 4 feet down is sand whats the best way to support the walls? Answered

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bwrussell (author)2012-03-22

This just in: Man found buried in makeshift room under garage. Widow grieves, children weep.

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steveastrouk (author)2012-03-21

It should be pointed out that Burf is an EXPERT in construction - if he says its unsafe, I'd stop right now.

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Jayefuu (author)steveastrouk2012-03-21

What happened to that darwin awards group?

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steveastrouk (author)Jayefuu2012-03-21

Its still there, buried, so to speak....

Steve, in Jakarta.

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Jayefuu (author)steveastrouk2012-03-21

I don't undersand what you mean :p

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Burf (author)Jayefuu2012-03-21

I'm guessing its because Indonesia turns out (or should I say inters) more Darwin Award winners than Kenya produces champion long distance runners.

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Jayefuu (author)Burf2012-03-22

Nevermind, there was a pun there. Perhaps I should have said underSand

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steveastrouk (author)Burf2012-03-22

Yes, and they all appear to ride on motorscooters. If only I were in the organ transplant business......

Steve

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BurfBest Answer (author)2012-03-21

You're digging a room under you garage and you don't know how to shore up the walls? Do you know anything about construction?
My strongest advice is STOP! Get a contractor and/or engineer out to take a look at what you have done and try to figure out a way to fix it.
What you are doing is dangerous and potentially deadly.

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raddam (author)Burf2012-03-21

what I ment was the best way,your not a very nice guy are you?
and if you are then im sorry,but just because your a pro at construction BURF
I BET YOUR ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO THINKS ONE WAY MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY KINDA GUY. HONESTLY THE LAST THING I WOULD WANT WOULD BE FOR THE CITY AND EVERY OTHER CAPITAN CLIP BOARD IN THE CITY LOOKIN A ROUND FOR WAYS TO FINE ME BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THATS WHAT THEY WOULD DO.
Burf are you a city inspector?

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Burf (author)raddam2012-03-22

I'm not a nice guy? I am a civil engineer and a general contractor; I get paid to be smart, not 'nice'. If you're really looking for 'nice' try the Disney channel. And by the way, as a General Contractor, I outrank "Captain Clip Boards."
Have a 'nice' day. :):) :) :) :) :) :)

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CatTrampoline (author)Burf2012-03-22

I thought your reply was civil and to the point. You did not call Raddam names or use unkind words. You gave exactly the advice had in mind when I read the very alarming question.

"Hey, Stop! You are going to get hurt/killed!" is acceptable to almost everyone.

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mpilchfamily (author)raddam2012-03-22

I think he is a very nice guy. He is looking out for you. What your trying to do will destabilize your house's foundation. Since your asking for help here its obvious you have not consulted with any engineers or done anything to comply with any city or state regulations on this. Building codes are set for your safety.

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steveastrouk (author)raddam2012-03-22

Mm. No, I think you'll find he's a civil engineer.

I LIKE caution in civil engineers.

Steve

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Re-design (author)canucksgirl2012-03-22

+1.

People who know what they are doing in dangerous situations tend to YELL AND ORDER PEOPLE AROUND when they see some one doing something very dangerous. Sometime what you don't know can really hurt you. Ignorance is not always bliss.

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Vyger (author)2012-03-21

Beer cans filled with cement and then stacked on their sides super glued together.
Check with Homer Simpson for a supply of empties. He might also give you a few pointers.

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