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  • Getting Power to the Site

    Whether you have an electrician make up a temporary pole, rent one, or make a deal with a neighbor, safety should be a primary concern. Here’s one contractor’s approach.

     
  • Life & Death of a Building Lot 'Subject to Perc'

    Soil experts think many suitable building lots are passed over due to arbitrary perc-test regs. We examine the testing procedures and how they are used and abused.

     
  • Lots of Opportunity

    There are inherent risks - and opportunities - in buying and holding land. Three builders describe how they cope with the prices and pressures in their individual markets.

     
  • Repairing Stone Foundations

    Two masons with extensive experience repairing stonework discuss how stone walls fail in house and barn foundations and how to repair them.

     
  • Seismic Bracing

    Stiffening up cripple-walls and other structural components is vital to retrofitting homes for earthquake protection. Here are practical steps from an expert.

     
  • Shallow Foundations: Beating the Frost

    An energy-conscious Iowa contractor tells how his switch to frost-protected shallow footings cut his foundation costs while maintaining quality and energy savings.

     

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