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Regardless of what the flood maps say today, the statistics show that flood zones will likely change during the service life of a home, making flooding an often inevitable consequence of coastal living. The answer, says building scientist Joseph Lstiburek, is to use drainable, dryable assemblies...
Sealed Crawlspaces in Flood Zones
Instead of subcontracting the work, invest in a few masonry tools and put your own crew to work building your basements.
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Termite Defenses for Slab-on-Grade Foundations - Making Sense of Air Barriers
Seaside Surge Solutions
Skip the exterior excavation and waterproofing -- an interior perimeter drainage system can work just as well.
Q: I need to install a basement egress window in a concrete-block foundation wall. What kind of header should I use to support the eaves wall above the new window opening, and how should I install it?
Supporting this home's brick veneer while cutting through the concrete foundation required careful planning and good temporary support.
This modular plastic footing form doubles as a perimeter drain.
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