Simpson Strong-Tie CPTZ Post Base
This stand-off base keeps the post the code-required 1 inch above the concrete,...
Do Precast Foundation Walls Need Waterproofing?
Q: Are precast concrete foundation walls subject to the same dampproofing or waterproofing requirements as cast-in-place and block foundations? I've heard that because these walls are made of a high-strength concrete that's virtually nonporous and impervious to water, they don't require extra dampproofing or waterproofing. My building inspector disagrees.
Glass-Block Shower Window
A cast-in-place concrete sill sheds water outside and protects the framing on the...
Cast-In-Place Concrete Counters
Forming concrete counters on-site requires careful preparation and perfect timing....
Building Poured-Concrete Homes
Forming and pouring four 2,500-square-foot houses is all in a day's work for this...
Spray-Applied Foundation Waterproofing
One way to ensure a dry basement is to coat the foundation with a waterproof membrane. We look at the available options and explain how to prepare for and apply them properly.
Carbide-tipped rebar cutter, inflatable knee pads, flood-detector sump pump, magnetic gate latch, flexible screening, new drywall corner bead
Truss bracing, pressure-treating chemicals
Writing Your Own Warranty
Homeowners can be fussy about minor defects that appear during their first year in a new home. Here’s how one company solved the problem by adding quality standards to their warranty.