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9:20 AM
@Jesse_b What company do you buy your drills from? And do you purchase them directly from the manufacturers?
 
Bosch!
 
9:53 AM
@Fabby Hello?
 
All my equipment is Bosch... the drill itself and the drill bits too.
 
@Fabby Ok. What has your experience been? And where are those tools manufactured? Do you do a lot of drilling?
 
 
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11:35 AM
@FaheemMitha Dad had Metabo, Brother has Makita, I have Bosch.
I've refurbished my own flat from this:
to this:
@FaheemMitha And the parts mostly made in China nowadays, but still German assembly and quality control and warranty...
 
@Fabby You do your own masonry work?
 
@FaheemMitha Yes, I did...
 
@Fabby Impressive.
And photograph it too, apparently.
 
@FaheemMitha Not so much: it's just laying bricks on top of one another and adding cement in-between keeping them straight.
 
@Fabby Perhaps I'm easily impressed. But I've never been much good with my hands.
As a child, I was always the last to finish in woodworking class.
 
11:45 AM
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And with chemistry experiments too.
 
You know I'm a Chemist, right?
 
@Fabby No, I think I'd forgotten.
 
Making cement if much more difficult than using cement.
 
@Fabby Oh?
 
11:50 AM
Portland cement is the most common type of cement in general use around the world as a basic ingredient of concrete, mortar, stucco, and non-specialty grout. It was developed from other types of hydraulic lime in England in the mid 19th century, and usually originates from limestone. It is a fine powder, produced by heating limestone and clay minerals in a kiln to form clinker, grinding the clinker, and adding 2 to 3 percent of gypsum. Several types of Portland cement are available. The most common, called ordinary Portland cement (OPC), is grey, but white Portland cement is also available. Its...
 
12:01 PM
@Fabby I don't know if this means anything to you, but I heard that lime plaster is beter than what they are using now (cement?), at least in India. But here it's not an option.
I'm not sure whether it's an option elsewhere.
 
@FaheemMitha It is an option in the desert...
Not so much in a humid climate.
 
@Fabby What is an option in the desert?
 
@FaheemMitha Lime plaster?
 
@Fabby Oh. I don't see why it can't be used in humid areas. It used to be used here, I believe.
In fact, I think it's been used in my own home.
 
@FaheemMitha On the inside, not as a replacement for cement.
Cement ois cheap to make and very sturdy:
 
12:14 PM
@Fabby I don't follow.
 
If you throw a bag of cement in the ocean, it will harden.
@FaheemMitha Read that article
and then read this one:
 
@Fabby Article? What article?
 
A cement is a binder, a substance used for construction that sets, hardens, and adheres to other materials to bind them together. Cement is seldom used on its own, but rather to bind sand and gravel (aggregate) together. Cement mixed with fine aggregate produces mortar for masonry, or with sand and gravel, produces concrete. Cement is the most widely used material in existence and is only behind water as the planet's most-consumed resource.Cements used in construction are usually inorganic, often lime or calcium silicate based, and can be characterized as either hydraulic or non-hydraulic, depending...
 
By articles, you mean Wikipedia?
I've read a bunch of stuff about lime plaster vs cement plaster. It isn't such an interesting topic.
The consensus seems to be that lime plaster is generally superior, but it not used because cement is faster and cheaper. Plus people have forgotten how to make and apply it. That last bit is definitely true here.
 
12:36 PM
We still use lime plaster on the inside of buildings.
 
 
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2:01 PM
@Fabby I was actually talking about the insides.
 
 
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4:53 PM
Ah... Sorry, misunderstood you then...
 
 
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6:19 PM
@Fabby I didn't make it clear whether I was talking about interior or exterior. But yes, I meant interior. I'm not sure what the options are for exterior.
 

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