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Combined with a working drain, this new type of plastic membrane keeps groundwater out of the foundation while allowing moisture in the concrete to evaporate to the outside. Here’s how it’s installed.
This single-ply membrane doubles as an impermeable, non-slip deck surface for porches and decks built over living space. A roofer shows how it’s installed.
A sunroom specialist shows how to frame, glaze, and flash a durable, elegant solar addition.
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Field testing of this new-generation OSB subfloor shows improved resistance to swelling, even in severe weather exposure.
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Contrary to popular perception, brick is not waterproof. Water gets behind it and can rot the structure and ruin finishes. A brick design expert describes the flashing and weep details that ensure water can get out from behind brick veneer before it causes problems.
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