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JLC • NEW ENGLAND EDITION • SEPTEMBER1994 When a foundation will be backfilled to just below the first floor, every builder puts in a full-height basement wall. That's because the wall must hold back the earth in addition to holding up the house. But present the same builder with a wall that will be backfilled only part of the way — a house bermed into a hill, for example — and the solution may be quite different. In such a case it seems sensible to step the wall up the slope, pouring a concrete wall or laying up a block wall to just above grade, then spanning the rest of the distance with a wood-framed