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04:42 pm: More Ripping
I saw Luke's daughter coming in, so I met her on the stoop and showed her the player and she thinks her dad can use it. She said she got all the CDs out of the changer but she'd look for the others and when she came back down and knocked, she said he had a second changer, plus she'd found another CD, so we're on the third of six now.

Earlier, the new concrete guy came by -- has the license, is insured, will give me a two-year warranty. The cost is equivalent to how much I've paid on the vet bill so far, so I can put it on my credit card without the payment going up. He's three weeks behind and will call a few days ahead to let me know when they'll be here. It's only a one-day process so I'll just be in that day. I asked how they made ramps without the concrete settling and it turns out they use very dry concrete so it doesn't move. Since he left, I've wondered if we can color the edges of the ramp. I know Luke will have the white ramp and the green grass to tell where the edge is, but an additional cue might help. I know you can color concrete; I wonder how much trouble it would be to color the top half-inch on each edge of the ramp.

We're due for Hannah tomorrow -- strong winds, lots of rain -- so I may end up seeing Luke on Sunday.

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From:soon_lee
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
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Wouldn't it be easier to paint it?
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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Yes, but paint doesn't last and we'd have to keep finding people to repaint. The colored concrete would last many years.
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From:soon_lee
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
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Agreed. You'd have to ask but I would expect it to be dearer from having to lay two sorts of concrete, uncoloured & coloured. So it might come down to cost.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
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I don't know. I'll ask Luke when I see him (almost certainly on Sunday) if there's a color he sees better, and then I can call Marcos and ask about the edging.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
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Paint should last quite a few years as well. But concrete can be colored. May well be worth looking into.
I hope Hannah won't inconvenience you too much. Just take it easy tomorrow.
Doris
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks! If the winds get too strong, I can bring wet resin furniture in. ;)
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From:capemaynuts
Date:September 6th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
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How long long is the ramp? Maybe you can get those reflective plastic strips inserted on the sides. They should last longer then paint, shouldn't fade like dyed concrete can and will be easier to see in low light? The plastic gets placed flat into the concrete so there's no tripping hazard. The towns in my area have been using them to line dangerous pedestrian cross walks. If they are too hard to find or expensive, a neighbor of my mother's lined her driveway with bicycle reflectors. She had them pushed into the tar when the driveway was being resealed years ago.
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From:mjlayman
Date:September 6th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
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It'll be 11 feet. ADA requirement is 8.5 (My eye-estimate was off by a half-inch on the step to the threshold and a whole inch on the step to the stoop), but it will have a more gentle incline if we go all the way to the center sidewalk, and that's 11 feet.

I hadn't thought about reflective strips, I'll have to talk to Luke and then Marcos about those, too. Thanks, Ida!
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