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Building Foundations

  • Port of Miami Tunnel Project Gears Up to Go

     
  • Permanent Wood Foundations

    Pressure-treated wood foundations (also known as permanent wood foundations, or PWFs) have been around at least since the 1940s, and my own experience with them dates back 20 years or so.

     
  • Seal Seams In Crawlspace Liners

    The crawlspace of a home was consistently wet — in spite of the 6-mil poly liner. Here's how a builder fixed it to assure long-term durability of the foundation and floor frame.

     
  • Replacing a Slab Foundation

    When the original builder flubs a foundation, someone else has to clean up the mess.

     
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    TVA-ORNL Project Provides a Window on the Payback of Energy Upgrades

    Study finds that modest upgrades in insualtion and HVAC equipment dramatically reduce energy use in warm, humid climates.

     
  • Extreme Temperature Formula Low-VOC Subfloor And Deck Construction Adhesive

    Liquid Nails’ new Extreme Temperature Formula low-VOC subfloor and deck construction adhesive can be gunned by hand at temperatures down to 22°F, and will stick to wet, frozen, and treated lumber readily and won’t dissolve foams and plastics.

     
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    Pop Quiz

    Walter Moreau is executive director of Foundation Communities, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Austin, Texas.

     
  • Super-Insulated Slab Foundations

    Compacted drainage stone and a thick layer of foam prevent frost damage and keep the heat inside the building.

     
  • Foundation for a Problem Site

    A carefully engineered foundation and alternative septic system add value to a bargain-priced lot.

     
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    Dry Wall

    Cosella-Dörken’s three-ply Delta Footing Barrier keeps groundwater out of walls by providing a waterproof break between a building’s footing and its foundation

     
  • Pop Quiz - Walter Moreau

    Walter Moreau is executive director of Foundation Communities, a nonprofit affordable housing developer in Austin, Texas.

     
  • MacArthur Foundation Awards $6 Million toHousing Research

    he critical ways that housing matters to children, families, and communities will be explored in 13 separate research projects funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

     
  • Tree Roots and Foundation Cracks

    Can the roots of a tree actually dry out the soil beneath a foundation enough to cause the concrete to crack?

     
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    Framing a 16-Sided Addition

    Accuracy in laying out and building the foundation helped keep the rest of the job on track .

     
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    Attaching Deck Ledgers to I-Joist Cantilevers

    When I-joists are cantilevered over the foundation wall rather than directly supported at the sill plate, can a deck ledger be safely attached to the engineered rim joist?

     
  • Mudsills and Out-of-Level Foundations

    Recently we contracted to do a house with precast foundation walls that were set out of level - up to 3/4 inch over 30 feet, in some places. What's the best way to shim and air-seal the mudsill?

     
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    Replacing a Stone Foundation

    The trick was holding up the roof while leaving plenty of room to work.

     
  • Foundation Returns to Green Basics

    AUSTIN, TEXAS—Contractors for Foundation Communities are getting out their caulking guns— the nonprofit plans to make 1,800 of the affordable apartments it owns and manages more energy efficient.

     
  • Installing an Egress Window in an Existing Foundation

    With the right equipment, you can cut the opening and install the well in a day.

     
  • Block Foundations for Small Additions

    If your crew has the skill and you own the right equipment, it may make sense to lay your own masonry foundations.

     
 
 
 
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