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Building Foundations

  • Q&A: Service-Entrance Cable Under a Garage

    Q: The proposed location for my client's new detached garage is right on top of a buried service-entrance cable. The electric meter is mounted on a pedestal about 100 feet from the house, and a conduit runs to the house through the area where the garage —

     
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    Piling Costs ~ Coastal Plans Source ~ Trade Knowledge

     
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    Building on Ledge - Erosion of Light-Commercial Property

     
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    Review: Strong, Safe, Foundations

    Faced with an unprecedented coastal reconstruction need post-Katrina, the mitigation arm of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released FEMA 550, Recommended Residential Construction for the Gulf Coast: Building on Strong and Safe Foundations. This must-have document for coastal building...

     
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    Low Country Rx: Wet Floodproofing

    Regardless of what the flood maps say today, the statistics show that flood zones will likely change during the service life of a home, making flooding an often inevitable consequence of coastal living. The answer, says building scientist Joseph Lstiburek, is to use drainable, dryable assemblies...

     
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    Soundings: Sealed Crawlspaces in Flood Zones

    Sealed Crawlspaces in Flood Zones

     
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    Building A Block Foundation

    Instead of subcontracting the work, invest in a few masonry tools and put your own crew to work building your basements.

     
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    Seismic Retrofit For Cripple Walls

    A good job addresses the building's weakest link - where the foundation attaches to the first floor.

     
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    Termite Defenses for Slab-on-Grade Foundations - Making Sense of Air Barriers

     
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    Design: Seaside Surge Solutions

    Seaside Surge Solutions

     
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    Foolproof Cure for Wet Basements

    Skip the exterior excavation and waterproofing -- an interior perimeter drainage system can work just as well.

     
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    Retrofitting a Window Into a Block Foundation

    Q: I need to install a basement egress window in a concrete-block foundation wall. What kind of header should I use to support the eaves wall above the new window opening, and how should I install it?

     
  • Job Log: Adding a Walkout Basement

    Supporting this home's brick veneer while cutting through the concrete foundation required careful planning and good temporary support.

     
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    On Site With Form-A-Drain

    This modular plastic footing form doubles as a perimeter drain.

     
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    Rescuing a Block Foundation

    Two foundation remediation specialists show how they use an engineered system of pin piles and wall ties to give new life to a failing foundation.

     
  • Insulating Basement Walls

    Q. I'm doing a basement remodel and am thinking of finishing the block foundation walls by painting the masonry with Drylok, then adhering 4-mil poly over that. Next, I plan to fur the walls with Z-studs, put 2 inches of foil-faced polyiso board between t

     
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    Heavy Lifting: A Housemover's Journal

    A Massachusetts building mover details the process of lifting a 1772 post-and-beam house completely intact, transporting it over land and water, and setting it to rest at its new home.

     
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    Piling it On

    Storm surge can exert pressures against pilings in the hundreds or even thousands of pounds per square foot. Post-storm analysis may result in new design standards for oceanfront homes.

     
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    Various 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

     
 
 
 
 
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