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Where deep frost is not a danger, shallow footings and floor slabs can be formed and poured together. A New Mexico contractor takes a step-by-step look at how to excavate, form, brace, and finish monolithic slabs.
For decks and small additions, concrete piers are an affordable and sturdy alternative to footings and frostwalls. A veteran contractor shares tips and techniques on how to excavate, lay out, reinforce, and pour pier foundations with tube forms.
Q: What’s the best way to cut through a concrete wall? A concrete saw won’t cut all the way through an 8-inch foundation wall. We’ve even tried suspending a jackhammer from the floor joists, but this is awkward at best and leaves a ragged edge.
Q: What’s the best way to flash a skylight on a mission tile roof?
Q: All of the foundation specs we build on require rebar to be free of rust and mill scale. For years this hasn’t been an issue, until recently when a project manager called us on it. All we can think to do is wire brush the entire lot of rebar. Is this really necessary?
Steel reinforcing bar is essential for strong concrete. A foundation contractor explains the fine points of proper sizing, handling, and placement of rebar.
A builder describes shortcuts he developed to simplify and speed up the forming of stepped footings.
A master tilesetter shows how to incorporate glass block into a tiled bath.
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