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  • Who Pays If Something's Wrong With The Plans and Specs?

    You're looking at an invitation to bid, complete with plans and specs. It would be a big job for you — very profitable.

  • On the Job: Salt-Finished Concrete

    Salt-finished concrete

  • Block-Laying Basics

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

  • Q&A: A Use for Recycled Concrete

    Q. One of the contractors I'm interviewing to install a driveway surfaced with interlocking concrete pavers has suggested using recycled concrete rather than processed stone as a base material. He claims he's used it already on several driveways and that

  • Letters

    Radon check; backfill pressure; Spanish lessons; mold precautions; source for rising hinges; more

  • Soundings

    Termite Defenses for Slab-on-Grade Foundations - Making Sense of Air Barriers

  • Building Brick Stairs

    A long-lasting set of masonry steps starts with a solid base and includes good drainage

  • Insulated Swimming Pool, Anyone?

    When builder Todd LaBarge wanted to install a vinyl-lined swimming pool at his home, he looked no further than the stack of ICF forms left over from the construction of his house and workshop foundations.

  • On the Job

    Retrofitting a Lally column; roof demo by crane; working wireless

  • Replacing a Beach-House Foundation

    A modified mat slab saved this cottage from the sea.