Concrete Expansion

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A Rising Tide Lifts All Houses

With at least one-third of their country below sea level, the Dutch don’t take the... More

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Removing Rocks Without Blasting

Q: We're building a home on a site with difficult access, and we need to remove a lot of boulders without using heavy equipment. Is there a way to break the boulders into smaller chunks without having to deal with dynamite and the associated permitting? More

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Exposed Aggregate Concrete

A concrete contractor explains how he creates good-looking walks, drives, and... More

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Trade Talk: Understanding Mortar

Making sure of mortar types More

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Torchdown Roofing Basics

A metal roofing contractor explains why he uses single-ply modified bitumen for low-slope applications and how he installs it safely. More

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Tips for Crack-Free Concrete Slabs

A construction superintendent from Canada explains how to prep the subgrade and... More

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Glass Block Tips & Tricks

In this article, a veteran glass block contractor explains the details that make... More

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Q&A: Suitable Tiles for Outdoor Counter

Q: I’m building an outdoor patio, and the plans call for a ceramic tile counter near the grill. What types of vitreous tile are suitable for outdoor use? More

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Installing Radiant Snowmelting

The same technology used in radiant slabs also works outdoors to melt snow from... More

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Troubleshooting Roof Leaks: Problems & Solutions

A small roof leak can create expensive problems. An inspector with years of... More

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