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  • Q&A: Garage Slab Drainage

    Q. How should a garage slab be sloped for drainage toward the overhead door? At 1/4 inch per foot on a 24x26-foot foundation, the height difference from front to back would be more than 6 inches. Do I need to grade the sand and gravel sub-base at the same slope so the slab can have a uniform 4-inch...

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  • Framing Guidelines

    Notching & boring joists & studs * Structural rules of thumb for wall, floor & roof framing * Shed dormers * Structural ridges * Framing solutions with metal connectors

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  • Installing Precast Garage Slabs

    Precast concrete slabs can add clear-span basement space for an unbeatable price, and are especially cost effective on steep slopes, as this case study shows.

  • Garage Door Options

    From steel to plastic to custom wood, builders today have a wide range of garage doors to choose from.

  • Q&A: Building a Wine Room

    Q: Can you provide some advice on construction details for building a small wine storage room in a corner of a garage?

  • Q&A: Sealing Garage Floors

    Q: Is a concrete sealer effective at protecting a garage floor from road salt damage? If so, what is the best product to use — a floor paint or a clear waterproofing sealer?

  • By Design: Downplaying the Garage

    Creating a courtyard feel with a front-facing garage

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