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  • Slab-on-Grade Foundations

    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.

  • Sonotube Tips

    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.

  • Practical Engineering: Concrete and Steel -- An Effective Partnership

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  • Q&A: Cutting Concrete

    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&A: Flashing Tile Roofs

    Q: What’s the best way to flash a skylight on a mission tile roof?

  • Q&A: Is Rusty Rebar OK?

    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?

  • Rebar Tips

    Steel reinforcing bar is essential for strong concrete. A foundation contractor explains the fine points of proper sizing, handling, and placement of rebar.

  • Fast Forming for Stepped Footings

    A builder describes shortcuts he developed to simplify and speed up the forming of stepped footings.

  • For What It's Worth

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    A master tilesetter shows how to incorporate glass block into a tiled bath.