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Contractor education requirements, bolts for attaching sills to foundations, energy-saving tips, sprinkler mandate
JLC visits the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain to see how Placetailor architect-builders and their crew build an insulated stemwall and slab foundation using ICFs on a tight urban lot.
The Diamond Pier system consists of a precast concrete head, which you install at the ground surface, and steel bearing pins that you drive through the head into the ground.
This stand-off base keeps the post the code-required 1 inch above the concrete, and can be cast in place or anchored to an existing slab.
This follow-up article to "Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation" describes techniques for framing the first-floor deck.
There are two good sources for designing frost-protected shallow foundations (FPSFs).
Reduced excavation and forming time make ICFs a cost-effective way to build a frost-protected slab-on-grade or crawlspace.
When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive.
When it comes to laying out a complex foundation, attention to detail makes the rest of the house easier to frame.
How do you protect the footing and foundation from frost in a very cold climate that has a doorway in the foundation for a walk out?
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