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  • First Time Out With ICFs

    Foam forms can save time and money while providing a superior finished product. The key, an ICF newcomer reports, is providing strong connections and plenty of bracing.

  • Q&A: Gas Appliances in Basement

    Q. I am remodeling a single-family house with a full basement. The furnace and water heater are located in the basement. The local fire marshal said that it's okay to locate propane appliances such as furnaces and water heaters in the basement. He cites t

  • Q&A: Sinking Foundation

    Q. I'm looking at a wood frame house with a block foundation that is settling. The basement wall sits on a 20-inch-wide concrete footing, but someone later poured a concrete brick shelf from footing to grade and then put brick veneer siding on the house.

  • Q&A: Ceramic Tile on Basement Slab

    Q. What's the best way to vapor-seal a basement slab before tiling over it?

  • Stabilizing Basement Walls with Steel I-Beams

    A foundation repair contractor shows how steel I-beams, placed vertically against the basement wall, can prevent soil pressure from pushing in a cracked wall.

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  • Waterproofing Basement Walls

    We survey the major types of foundation waterproofing, from spray-on to peel-and-stick membranes.

  • Retrofitting Basements

    Building restrictions in California are prompting homeowners who want more space to add on underneath the house. A concrete contractor tells how it's done.

  • Toolbox: Cordless Rotary Hammers

    Cordless rotary hammers

  • Notebook

    NAHB pulls out of NFPA code process, new device for drying basements, California claimed unfair to nonunion apprenticeship programs, suburb’s no-step entry requirement dropped, Business Tune-Up, more