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  • Fixing a Bowed Basement Wall

    Q. A foundation wall in my customer's two-story home has a 2-inch bow in the middle of its 53-foot length and two stress cracks located 10 feet from either end, all probably caused by backfilling while the concrete was still green. As far as I know, no re

  • Best Flooring for a Humid Climate

    Q: I'm planning on installing laminate flooring on the first floor of my North Carolina house, which is built on a ventilated crawlspace. But I'm concerned that the laminate finish will trap moisture and eventually lead to rot damage in the subfloor and f

  • Will Carpet Stifle a Radiant Slab?

    Q. I'm finishing a basement room for customers who want to put carpet over the radiant slab. I'm concerned the carpet will insulate off some of the heat, but I can't talk them out of it. The slab is 4 to 5 inches thick, and the 1/2-inch PEX tubing is laid out on 12-inch centers, with 11/2 inches of...

  • 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.

  • Backfill

    Scrap vs. itch

  • Backfill

    A hull of a basement remodel

  • Basic Scheduling for Increased Efficiency

    A combination of to-do lists, paper calendars, and a computer contact manager keeps multiple jobs on track.

  • How Bidding Errors Affect the Contract

    I just had to explain the doctrine of "mutual mistake" to a small bidder on a local construction project. It was painful for both of us: painful for me because I didn't like telling him he was stuck between a rock and a hard place, and painful for him because he was stuck.How bidding errors affect...

  • Letters

    Immigrant labor; sealed crawlspace follow-up; a remodeler risk; more

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    Holiday gift ideas; foundation waterproofing; pools & spas; mud management