Cast-in-Place Concrete

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Simpson Strong-Tie CPTZ Post Base

This stand-off base keeps the post the code-required 1 inch above the concrete,... More

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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. More

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Glass-Block Shower Window

A cast-in-place concrete sill sheds water outside and protects the framing on the... More

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Cast-In-Place Concrete Counters

Forming concrete counters on-site requires careful preparation and perfect timing.... More

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Building Poured-Concrete Homes

Forming and pouring four 2,500-square-foot houses is all in a day's work for this... More

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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. More

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Carbide-tipped rebar cutter, inflatable knee pads, flood-detector sump pump, magnetic gate latch, flexible screening, new drywall corner bead More

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Truss bracing, pressure-treating chemicals More

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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. More

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