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Building Foundations

  • Lumber for Permanent Wood Foundations

    Q: Is ACQ-treated lumber and plywood suitable for building permanent wood foundations?

     
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    Wet-Set Mudsills

    With careful layout, placing sills directly into the wet concrete can save time.

     
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    Installing a ScapeWel

    This oversized window well adds emergency egress, light, and ventilation to basement living spaces.

     
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    Underpinning a Foundation

    Before adding new living space above an existing garage, make sure the footings can handle the load.

     
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    Framing the First-Floor Deck

    The work goes faster if you use a laser, install anchor straps instead of anchor bolts, and measure as little as possible.

     
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    Supporting Brick Veneer On Wood Framing

    When you can't support brick veneer on a masonry foundation, code allows you to use steel angles bolted to the framing - with strict limitations.

     
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    Block-Laying Basics

    Masonry techniques aren't hard to learn and can be valuable on small jobs

     
  • 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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    Soundings

    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.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking