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  • Compacting Stump Holes

    I'm about to pour a slab on a site where several stumps were removed, leaving 2- and 3-foot-deep holes about 4 feet across. The backhoe operator went ahead and filled in the holes with dirt from the site (sandy loam, pretty good stuff), drove over them a

  • Installing Stone Counters

    Stone counters require meticulously planned cabinetry and sturdy support. A stone contractor tells what you need to know.

  • Building a Reinforced Concrete Block Wall

    A mason describes how he detailed a pair of large block walls to carry severe lateral loads.

  • Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Flange

    Remodeler takes on toilet flange

  • Pouring a Structural Slab

    An East Coast builder describes the process of forming and pouring a structural garage slab using polystyrene deck forms.

  • Preventing Chimney Cap Failure

    Chimney caps are too often poorly detailed and are the first part of the chimney to degrade. A mason explains how to build a durable cap.

  • Shower Pan on a Slab

    Q. While I was removing the old tile from a concrete shower pan in a slab foundation, a portion of the 1x5-inch raised concrete lip separated from the slab below. It appears that the lip was formed and placed on top of the slab, and there is nothing tying

  • New Slab Over Old?

    Q. I am renovating a barn where the existing concrete floor slopes approximately 6 inches in 30 feet. The architect wants me to build a level floor using wood sleepers with foam insulation in between, then pour a minimum 11/2-inch-thick radiant slab betwe

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  • Post-Tensioned Slabs

    Expansive soils can wreak havoc on conventional wire-mesh reinforced slabs. A California structural engineer explains why post-tensioned slabs have become a popular solution for building on problem soils.