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Getting rid of surface water
Draining the site
When it comes to keeping water out of the basement, there’s a big difference between dampproofing and waterproofing. A contractor with nine years of waterproofing experience tells how to choose and apply products that will really keep a basement dry.
Cool temperatures can reduce concrete strength unless precautions are taken. Here are the products and techniques that guarantee a successful pour — even when it’s below freezing.
A slab poured directly on top of a vapor barrier dries more quickly on top than on the bottom, causing cracking and curling in the concrete. Here’s one way to solve the problem.
Q: Puzzled by conflicting energy advice? We asked our panel experts to help out by summarizing the latest thinking on a number of thorny issues.
A concrete contractor shares tips for producing high-quality basement and garage slabs.
Q: The Journal’s panel of experts answers the most commonly asked questions from the job site.
A masonry authority describes the details and materials to make brick last the life of the home.
Whether block or concrete, basements always seem to leak. Now contractors can use man-made “geo” products to prevent leaks, and insulate too.
How to build strong, durable, and dry foundation walls with concrete block.
Exotic and costly materials are not needed to make a leakproof basement—just good sense and careful workmanship.
A leak-free basement may not be as elusive as you thought, says Paul Hanke, who offers some tips and gives an overview of some of the waterproofing products on the market.
Foundation Insulation, part 3
Foundation insulation, part 2.
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