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  1. Great Thanks for replying
  2. I was working in FL about ten years ago and came across someone on the project and they introduced themselves as a certified haybale and silt fence inspector. I thought they were joking but they were serious. Is this really a cert.? Has anyone come across one of these inspectors. They verify that the stakes are properly seated to the right depth.
  3. try a career at Contech or ADS Pipe, Gravitech, Geokon These companies you can be in sales and engineering at the same time.
  4. Can you anyone tell me how much the insurance costs for an engineer to do part-time consulting out of your basement. I wouldn't think anyone would accept a design or recommendations unless you could provide proof of liability insurance. I have a lot of residential building experience and when I get my PE I would like to start my own small business on the side designing joists and beams for residential contractors, maybe doing home inspections. I guess you want to try to drum up some work first and then go buy the insurance so at least you know you could pay the premium and earn some money in the beginning, then hopefully you can get more customers.
  5. I got into an argument with another engineer over the embedment depth of concrete light bases. A contractor wanted to cut 18" off the bottom of the base, that measured 5'-0" and he wanted to make them 3'-6". I told him no because the stability is met by the embedment depth and concrete weight to resist overturning. If you chop off 18" of concrete you are losing that weight. Another engineer said I was wrong because once these are buried and if you have sufficient embedment depth, the weight of the base has no effect on the stability of the light pole. I don't agree because although depth and compaction around the base is important, if the base is too light the light pole could potentially want to have a "rocking effect inside the hole". What I mean by this is say you have a 16" hole with a 16" diameter base, you could back in a year and the light pole may still be standing, but there is now an annular space around the circumference of the concrete and the soil backfill due to slight movement over time. I just wanted to get some other opinions here.
  6. Thanks for the responses I feel the same.
  7. I installed hardwood floors over advantech sub flooring and the salesman at lumber liquidators convinced me to try the extra padded underlayment. I am glad I did! walking on the hardwood floors is so comfortable. You could strip her existing floor down to the concrete and put this underlayment over the concrete, plastic barrier first for moisture if needed. Then use a laminated hardwood floor that does not need to be nailed down, it just snaps together, or go with carpet.
  8. Hi, I am new to the forum and wanted to mention, I found some good advice here while studying for the exam. I wanted to share my experience to help others. I took the Dr. Tom's Civil Classroom Course for the depth, I thought it was okay, has anyone else taken this course while studying for the April Exam? What did they think? I was also stuck on some problems where i didn't think they were quite delivered well, what did others think? I made this comment to NCEES on the survey.