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Improper soil compaction leads to a host of concrete failures, from cracked pavements and slabs to leaking basements and settling foundations. A concrete expert tells how to avoid these problems by identifying the soil type, using the proper amount of moisture during compaction, and choosing the...
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Marking up allowance overruns, OSB skeptic
California condo debacle, builder returns to Vietnam, new OSHA scaffold standard
Q: Are there any special requirements for electrical grounding when using metal studs?
Q: What’s the best way to build a skirt around an addition that’s built on piers or posts?
Refining affordable house plans
Thorough contracts protect both builder and client
Inserting contract clauses
Guides for cold-climate builders
Post-formed countertop options
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A look at two new compound miter saws
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