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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Rory Phoulorie » February 15th, 2018, 12:28 pm

Please ensure that when you are forming the stirrups that you use the appropriate size "pin" to bend the steel to the required diameter.

Mild steel, which is usually smooth, is bent around a pin three times the diameter of the steel being bent.

High tensile steel, which is usually ribbed, is bent around a pin as follows:
- Four times the diameter for steel ranging in size from 6mm to 16mm
- Five times the diameter for steel 20mm and 25mm in size
- Seven times the diameter for steel 32mm and 40mm in size

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Joey_nm » February 18th, 2018, 1:53 pm

Is soil testing needed before home construction and building a retaining wall?

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby jhonnieblue » February 18th, 2018, 2:25 pm

Joey_nm wrote:Is soil testing needed before home construction and building a retaining wall?
If you're building in an area with clay soils it's recommended that you do get some testing doesn't to determine layering Dept to ensure you pile to appropriate depts.
Obviously you should have a general so is map of the area that would advise you on to how much of the area is a predetermined type of soil

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby rspann » February 18th, 2018, 4:12 pm

Rory , seeing that the pin size is determined by the thickness of the rods ,then buying those machine made stirrups might not be the best idea, because to me they all have corners like they were bent in a brake or a bender that makes the bend without a radius. Advise.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby nightcrawler » February 20th, 2018, 8:52 am

How strong should polythene be for construction purposes (foundation)

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby 88sins » February 20th, 2018, 9:08 am

nightcrawler wrote:How strong should polythene be for construction purposes (foundation)

strong enough so that when concrete is poured over it that it doesn't perforate, so the water in the concrete can evaporate at its own speed. polythene by design wasn't developed to be strong really, just to act as a moisture barrier.

when in doubt, double layer

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Marc Swift » February 20th, 2018, 12:50 pm

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nightcrawler wrote:How strong should polythene be for construction purposes (foundation)

strong enough so that when concrete is poured over it that it doesn't perforate, so the water in the concrete can evaporate at its own speed. polythene by design wasn't developed to be strong really, just to act as a moisture barrier.

when in doubt, double layer

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Marc Swift » February 20th, 2018, 12:52 pm

rspann wrote:Rory , seeing that the pin size is determined by the thickness of the rods ,then buying those machine made stirrups might not be the best idea, because to me they all have corners like they were bent in a brake or a bender that makes the bend without a radius. Advise.

Very certain the machine at Reesal Industries Ltd. compensates the pin size based on the steel size. Not sure about other factories.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Marc Swift » February 20th, 2018, 12:55 pm

Joey_nm wrote:Is soil testing needed before home construction and building a retaining wall?

Did someone advise you to test the soil or did you see any reason for concern?

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Rory Phoulorie » February 20th, 2018, 3:33 pm

rspann wrote:Rory , seeing that the pin size is determined by the thickness of the rods ,then buying those machine made stirrups might not be the best idea, because to me they all have corners like they were bent in a brake or a bender that makes the bend without a radius. Advise.

The short answer to your question is yes.

If you check the radii of the bends in the pre-formed stirrups and see that the bends are not less than the recommended radii, then you are okay. If the radius of the bend in the steel is less than what is recommended, you could end up getting micro-tensile cracks in the steel at the bends, thus resulting in a weak point in the stirrup at that point. This is not good for the shear resistance that the stirrup provides in the beam or column.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Rory Phoulorie » February 20th, 2018, 3:55 pm

Joey_nm wrote:Is soil testing needed before home construction and building a retaining wall?

It all depends on what size house and what height retaining wall you are building and where you are building.

You could use the recommended soil parameters in the TTBS Small Building Code to design houses up to two storeys in height. Any higher than that, it would be recommended that you carry out a soil investigation to guide the foundation design.

Retaining walls fail in any or a combination of three ways with respect to the soil:
1) The soil cannot support the retaining wall and it fails in bearing
2) The lateral loads on the retaining wall from the soil and surcharge loads causes the wall to overturn (the wall begins to rotate at the top)
3) The lateral loads on the retaining wall from the soil and surcharge loads causes the wall to slide

You need to know the soil properties at a particular location to be able to design the retaining wall properly to withstand the imposed loads.

The average layperson will look at the new Courts facility in Freeport and see what appears to be a 4m high concrete blockwork retaining wall on the southern boundary, immediately behind which is a two storey house. They will then go and construct a retaining wall of similar height with concrete blocks to protect their mansion, and wonder why the retaining wall failed and their mansion collapsed after the first rainy season. What the layperson did not notice was during construction, the actual retaining wall at Courts in Freeport is a line of 600mm diameter reinforced concrete auger piles abutting one another, and the concrete blockwork is just a non-structural facing to make it look a bit more aesthetically pleasing.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby stang » March 1st, 2018, 1:28 pm

Need recommendations for persons that can tile a floor. Thanks

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

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stang wrote:Need recommendations for persons that can tile a floor. Thanks

A 2NR did my exterior tiling in 2017. I had no issues with the quality of his workmanship. IIRC, he did the exterior tiling at $6/sq.ft. for labour and small tools. I supplied all the materials.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby stang » March 2nd, 2018, 10:18 am

Thanks..called and awaiting some photos of his work,

Want to install 24x24 porcelain tiles as close together and to match the grout to the tile. Trying for a seamless floor. Do you think he is capable of doing something like this.

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stang wrote:Need recommendations for persons that can tile a floor. Thanks

A 2NR did my exterior tiling in 2017. I had no issues with the quality of his workmanship. IIRC, he did the exterior tiling at $6/sq.ft. for labour and small tools. I supplied all the materials.

Fazal Haniff - 709-3350.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Kronik » March 2nd, 2018, 12:02 pm

stang wrote:Thanks..called and awaiting some photos of his work,

Want to install 24x24 porcelain tiles as close together and to match the grout to the tile. Trying for a seamless floor. Do you think he is capable of doing something like this.

Thanks again,



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stang wrote:Need recommendations for persons that can tile a floor. Thanks

A 2NR did my exterior tiling in 2017. I had no issues with the quality of his workmanship. IIRC, he did the exterior tiling at $6/sq.ft. for labour and small tools. I supplied all the materials.

Fazal Haniff - 709-3350.

You could have just done an epoxy floor, guaranteed seamless

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

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Bess thread....

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby eitech » March 17th, 2018, 5:54 pm

So i will be moving into my own home very soon and the previous owner mentioned he wanted to put up a wall in the past but the neighbour “ give him trouble”. So, once my boundaries are defined, i guess i can proceed legally. But building on the boundary is the norm or maybe a foot away so i don’t encroach any anyone’s property?

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Strugglerzinc » March 17th, 2018, 6:10 pm

Neighbours tend to give trouble when you ask them to contribute to the wall. If you paying for it, usually the resistance goes away.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby rspann » March 17th, 2018, 7:04 pm

[quote=" Kronik]
You could have just done an epoxy floor, guaranteed seamless[/quote]

I'm building a new building for my business and I'm going with the epoxy floor. I did some research and I agree with you on this. Getting the concrete perfectly level before epoxy is my main priority ,because I can't bear to see a wavy floor ,and it will be highlighted by the epoxy. Rory and others ,any ideas?

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby rspann » March 17th, 2018, 7:13 pm

Strugglerzinc wrote:Neighbours tend to give trouble when you ask them to contribute to the wall. If you paying for it, usually the resistance goes away.


You are dead right. Once they know it's free ,they don't object. Expept I had this situation once where it was an old chain link wire fence and the neighbor refused to co-operate , he wanted me to build the wall on my side ,which would cause me to have to set back two feet to dig the trench while staying out of his 12" foundation.

Long story short ,when he came home the evening the fece was nicely rolled op in his yard, foundation dug and cast ,because we had already tied all the steel. He never said another word.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby eitech » March 18th, 2018, 12:03 pm

So closing day will be here and the owners still have furniture in the place. What happens if you close and their stuff still there? Is there a grace period still?

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby demboyzaudio » March 19th, 2018, 7:28 am

Can anyone tell me how you tie the steel for the lentil. The part over the doorway. Single door size. I know how to build boxing but I saw someone use two pieces of steel inside. I wanted to know if this is the normal practice

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby rspann » March 19th, 2018, 2:42 pm

I generally use a triangular shaped stirrup. i have seen people use the two pieces of steel ,but that is crazy.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Miktay » March 19th, 2018, 2:48 pm

Anybody ever use Roof Systems Ltd for replacing a roof?

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby pugboy » March 19th, 2018, 3:04 pm

where i live in woodbrook old house that is how they are just two 1/2" pieces near the bottom of beam
at least it is near the bottom where it is better than near the top of the beam.

rspann wrote:I generally use a triangular shaped stirrup. i have seen people use the two pieces of steel ,but that is crazy.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby Rory Phoulorie » March 19th, 2018, 6:18 pm

rspann wrote:[quote=" Kronik]
You could have just done an epoxy floor, guaranteed seamless[/quote]

I'm building a new building for my business and I'm going with the epoxy floor. I did some research and I agree with you on this. Getting the concrete perfectly level before epoxy is my main priority ,because I can't bear to see a wavy floor ,and it will be highlighted by the epoxy. Rory and others ,any ideas?[/quote]

Call SCL Trinidad Limited (675-5555) and see if they have a self levelling screed that could be applied over the floor with proper bond on which you could apply the epoxy coating.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

Postby rspann » March 19th, 2018, 7:33 pm

Thanks for the info ,will call tomorrow.

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Re: Building a house in Trinidad

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