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  • Concrete Without Steel?

    Q: Does the addition of fibers eliminate the need for steel in a concrete-slab basement floor?

  • Concrete Houses for the Coast

    Hurricane Katrina taught a valuable lesson: the only houses likely to survive the ravages of a major hurricane are made of concrete. Dave Pfanmiller, a custom-home builder in Gulfport, Miss., uses Wall Ties aluminum concrete forms to build these homes on the Gulf Coast. Pfanmiller and his friend...

  • A Pier-and-Beam Foundation For a Coastal Site

    Where unstable soil and periodic tidal flooding are a concern, helical piers topped with a concrete stem wall rise to the challenge.

  • Building With Precast Concrete Panels

    Produce industrial-strength energy-efficient homes with hollow-core planks and precast wall panels.

  • On the Job

    ICF retaining wall; no-sweat plumbing; overhead lift trailer

  • Fixing Cracks in Concrete

    Q: What is the best way to seal hairline cracks in a concrete driveway? The products I've found at home centers seem too thick, and my client is concerned that the cracks will get worse during the winter months.

  • Sealing a Garage Floor

    Q: A customer asked me about sealing a brand-new garage slab to keep oil drips from penetrating the concrete, in case she decides to have the slab finish-painted in the future. Is this necessary? What product should we use?

  • How to Build a Concrete Canoe

    If you don't know much about boatbuilding, start by welding rebar together to frame the gunwales and keel. Then form the hull with layers of chicken wire, and trowel a stiff 1/2-inch-thick mortar mix onto the mesh.

  • On Site With Pervious Concrete

    Stormwater runoff flows right through this porous concrete pavement.

  • Testing for Moisture In Concrete Slabs

    Before installing flooring over concrete, do a calcium chloride test to make sure it's truly dry.