A couple of days ago I used some Mortar Mix (Sakrete or Quikcrete or
similar) liberally dosed with Acryl 60 to parge the front of my house
and repair some broken-out between-the-bricks mortar. The repairs are
just now getting hard to the point where I can rub the surface and not
rub off the mortar. Further the result seems excessively "sandy"
although the mix looked normal. Whether this affects the final quality
of the repairs remains to be seen.
The (opened) bag I used was at least five years old (maybe even ten)
but the contents, although not flowing like...oh, flour...had only a
few lumps which were easily broken up in the mixing process. I've used
similarly old concrete mix without any problem but I wonder if there's
something unique to mortar mix that causes a problem with age. Unlike
shellac (for ex.) there's nothing on the container to indicate a
useful life. I'm sure if asked the mfg would blame the consumer so
that's pretty pointless.
Has anyone had a similar problem?
Yes, mortar mix does go bad. I had an experience with some 20+ year old
mortar mix. Looked good in the bag, had never gotten wet, but it never
hardened properly and crumbled after drying, causing me to need to redo the
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replying to m Ransley, J. EARL wrote:
IT CERTAINLY DOES GO BAD. Wish I had read these comments earlier. Have had
two projects go bad from failure to toss unused mortar. I live in a very humid
climate. *_*IS THERE ANY WAY TO TELL THAT IT'S GONE BAD BEFORE ITS APPLICATION
| What? I can't hear you. You'll have to shout a little louder.
| Maybe you should use more all caps, more asterisks and more punctuation
| emphasis to make sure we understand what you are saying.
I wish there were a way to block this homeownershub
spam. I wonder how many of the posters are even real.
In any case, it keeps getting worse. I've taken to just
ignoring all original posts I see that start with Re:, assuming
them to be either homeownershub or originating from a
poster who I've blocked.
On Friday, July 29, 2016 at 11:10:07 AM UTC-4, Mayayana wrote:
Well, I don't know if it can be called spam, but I agree that most of the
posts are annoying.
There seems to be 2 types of homeownershub posts:
1 - Those that appear to be direct responses to very old posts, as if the
post was made yesterday. i.e. no indication that the responder noticed
that the date of the last post was Feb 06, 2006. Those are the most
2 - Those that appear to be "I searched for a topic, found this 10 year
old thread and was wondering if a solution was ever found." i.e. they know
it's an old thread, but they are now experiencing the original issue.
While the 2nd type may be annoying, they are at least "legitimate" in that
the responder is actually looking for help. The annoying part is that the
odds of the original poster still following that thread is minuscule at best.
I participate in a few forums where old threads are resurrected on a
consistent basis. It is the norm and it is expected. Members are "reminded"
to search the archives for threads related to their issue and if the
answer isn't in that thread, feel free to continue the thread, adding
any new information or questions that apply. "My tranmission is shuttering
at 60 MPH. I've followed all the advice in this thread and none of it has
helped. Is there anything else that I can try?"
That saves the constant re-hashing of old information that we often see
in usenet when new threads on old subjects are started.
One fun part of these old threads is that sometimes we get a chance
to read stuff that we wrote 10+ years ago. ;-) There have been times when
I didn't even recognize the title of the thread, only to scroll through
it and see that I was a major participant. It's obvious that these old
threads originated in usenet and were gathered up by homeownershub,
because many of the recognizable participants, like myself, were never
| It's obvious that these old
| threads originated in usenet and were gathered up by homeownershub,
| because many of the recognizable participants, like myself, were never
| homeownershub subscribers.
Yes. They're parasite websites that gather usenet
posts as content. Not so terrible, except that they
make it hard for people to discover usenet. (I've also
come across my own posts in searches, reprinted by
sites that list me as an unregistered user or non-member.)
I call this particular one a spammer
because they seem to be trying to lure usenet
people to their site. Numerous posts are showing up
with a link at the bottom to get the full thread at
homeownershub. I see no reason to think the posters
are doing this. If they even knew about usenet
they probably wouldn't be posting at homeownershub.
That leads me to conclude that people at homeownershub
may or may not be making up these posts, but *are*
spamming usenet with them as advertising, by cross
posting to usenet and adding the link.
Unfortunately, my reader is not capable of blocking
based on message content. It it were I'd set it to
block all messages containg "homeownershub".
On Friday, July 29, 2016 at 12:24:22 PM UTC-4, Mayayana wrote:
What's left to discover? usenet has dwindled to a former shadow
of its old self and I seriously doubt that the "high tech" folks
of today would care for it if they found it. Heck, I'm an old fart
but even I wish I could bold text, add an image, and do some of
other stuff that web-based forums allow.
Sent from my iPhone ;-)
I don't necessarily agree, as per my comments above.
Now, please don't tell me to run off and join homeownershub.
I do use a web based forums for many things, but there are
couple of old-school ng's that I enjoy, such as a.h.r.
That makes sense.
One thing that I have found is that it is fairly easy to tell
which threads have been revived via homeownershub without even
opening them. When a thread shows up with an unfamiliar (to me)
subject line, 27 read posts and only 1 or 2 unread posts, I can be
pretty sure that it's a homeownershub cross-post.
| > I wish there were a way to block this homeownershub
| > spam. I wonder how many of the posters are even real.
| > In any case, it keeps getting worse. I've taken to just
| > ignoring all original posts I see that start with Re:, assuming
| > them to be either homeownershub or originating from a
| > poster who I've blocked.
| Can your reader filter on the body? I notice they often have the URL as
| a sig.
That's what I was thinking, but for some reason
I can't filter newsgroups in the ways that I can
Add this to your filters
That gets rid of all of them from Homeowners Hub.
Unfortunately people keep replying to them, so we end up seeing the
replies anyhow.... I dont reply to them, if I know they are from the "H
The way I see it, this newsgroup as well as all of usenet is about dead.
There is little worth reading on here anymore. I'm now deleting 95% of
the posts on here, (either with filters or manually). It's not worth my
time anymore coming on here.
And since I find the web has been taken over by facebook, I'm wasting my
money paying for internet service. I cant even use Craigslist anymore
since they put on those captcha things, which require a fast internet
connection and all sorts of flash crap. I already decided that at the
end of August, I'm canceling my internet service. The only reason I am
keeping it another month is for email. By that time, I'll get a newer
cellphone so I can do my email on the phone. (My old phone cant do it).
I saw the end of usenet coming over a year ago. But did not expect the
web to also die, which it has. From the early 90's till now, the
internet was a great and useful tool, but it's gone the same way as the
CB radio died in the early 80s. The internet was bound to fail, and it's
happened. All it is now is a place for mindless morons to chatter their
mindless bullshit on facebook, or troll usenet. The net no longer serves
any real purpose.
I wish there was a way to just get email on a computer without having a
full internet service, but I guess the only way is on a cellphone now.
That's ok, but I find it real hard to type on a phone. But I'll learn to
live with it, and just make my emails short, and spend more time calling
people instead. Heck, I might even go back to getting the newspaper and
mailing real letters to friends and relatives.
On 7/29/2016 9:08 PM, email@example.com wrote:
The internet and Usenet isn't dead - it's just changing. If you get
email on your smart phone, you'll need the internet to get email.
You'll still be able to access Usenet via your phone, and anything on
the internet on your phone.
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