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Compacting Stump Holes

I'm about to pour a slab on a site where several stumps were removed, leaving 2- and 3-foot-deep holes about 4 feet across. The backhoe operator went ahead and filled in the holes with dirt from the site (sandy loam, pretty good stuff), drove over them a Read more

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Forming a Brick Shelf in a Concrete Foundation Forming a Brick Shelf in a Concrete Foundation

Q. I'm planning to form a simple 4-foot stem wall foundation for a single-story garage using plywood, snap ties, and walers. It needs to have a brick ledge for the top 10 to 12 inches, which will show above grade. What's a simple, effective way to do this Read more

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Adequate Compaction

Q. When compacting a gravel base for a slab, how can you tell when the gravel is compact enough? Read more

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Q&A: Reinforcing a Slab Over Disturbed Soil

Q. I need to pour a thickened-edge slab foundation for a two-story garage apartment across a recently dug 2-foot-wide utility trench. The backfill over the trench has subsided, and I'm concerned that the foundation may sag and crack at that point. Can I add rebar to the slab to span this area, or is it better to mechanically compact the trench area? Read more

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Q&A: Stucco Over Concrete

Q. I'd like to finish the above-grade portion of a poured-concrete foundation with a color coat of stucco. The broken-off snap-ties are visible and are slightly rusty. Do I need to treat these with anything before I apply the stucco to prevent a rust stai Read more

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