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The Crackman Podcast

The Crackman Podcast
This podcast provides expert wall and basement crack repair tips for homeowners and businesses. A1 Foundation's valuable insight and information will help avert the disaster of a flooded basement and save you money.

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Created by: Rich Comeras
Created on: 17 Feb 2014
Language: English


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Add this to another station Episode 32 - How to Protect Your Basement before the Snow Melts (4.58MB; download) -- This episode contains practical tips homeowners should heed as the snow piles up around the house. The Crackman covers basement water prevention tips for both the interior and exterior of the home.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:10:03 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 31 – De-Icing products: they save your bones but are they killing your concrete? (2.52MB; download) -- With all the bad weather you tend to see a lot of de-icing products in use all over the place, which is good from a safety perspective but are the slowly killing your concrete?
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:21:27 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 30 - How to Protect Your Concrete from Flaking, Pitting, and Spalling (4.47MB; download) -- In this episode we discuss why and how concrete ages. Then, Rich provides the main 4 steps to repairing damaged concrete.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:58:10 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 29 - Practical Advice for Pouring Concrete Walls in Cold Weather (3.25MB; download) -- This episode gets started with a definition of cold weather from Concrete's perspective. Then, Rich explains why Concrete needs to be Protected against Freezing and methods that are used to do it. 3. Okay, so I'm guessing that concrete construction doesn't just stop in the winter. What do concrete professionals do to help the pouring and curing of cement in cold weather?
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:53:18 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 28 - Crackman Case Study: Solving a Leaky Basement Pipe in Cape Cod (2.51MB; download) -- This is a very interesting case study about a customer in Cape Cod who had a leaking pipe penetration in their basement causing a sever flooding problem. The Crackman describes the problem the customer was having after several failed DIY attempts. He was smart enough to call the Crackman so Rich talks about how he solved the problem.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:31:06 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 27 - How does sub-zero temperatures adversely affect a foundation? (3.13MB; download) -- For most homeowners, the hazards of freezing pipes are widely known and prepping exposed pipes is something that should've been done a month or 2 ago. We actually discussed that in Episode 21 of the Crackman podcast. But for this episode, the Crackman talks about how sub-zero temperatures affect your foundation.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:40:47 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 26 - How Cement has Improved to Benefit Your Home (3.13MB; download) -- In this episode, Rich talks about how concrete production has improved over time. He covers everything from cement plants, to transportation, and techniques that have improved its strength. It's a great history lesson.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:40:38 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 25 - Case Study: Stopping Basement Water in Newton MA (3.96MB; download) -- In this Episode, Rich talks about a recent case study where he solved a serious basement water problem in a $4 million house in Newton MA. He had to stop water from pouring past a personal record 14 different pipes. It's a fascinating story.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:14:57 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 24 - Pew! Why Concrete Foundation Cracks Can Stink...Literally. (3.74MB; download) -- Boxelder bugs, commonly known as "stink bugs", can become a nuisance to homeowners throughout the New England area during late Fall and even into the winter months. When the cold weather hits, boxelder females search for a warm and dry place, and they somehow find a way into your home! In this episode, Rich, talks about how Stink Bugs enter the Home and what you can do to prevent it.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Wed, 24 Dec 2014 11:05:16 UTC
Add this to another station Episode 23 - Everything you wanted to know about sump pumps and more (5.99MB; download) -- The goal of a sump pump is to lower the water table that is underneath your basement floor. A properly installed sump pump with adequate gravel under your basement floor can solve most water problems through cracks in the floor or from floor/wall seams. In this episode, we discuss the various types of sump pumps and which one is likely best for your needs.
Selected by: Rich Comeras [ stations ], Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:49:11 UTC
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