JLC Field Guide: Footings

Footings serve to spread the load onto the soil for adequate bearing, and to provide a smooth, level surface for wall forms or for block and mortar work. Footings also resist lateral soil pressure at the base of foundation walls.

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Footings Featured Articles

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Foundation Drainage

Preventing frost action * Perimeter drain design * Details for removing roof runoff * Placing drain tile More

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Mixing Your Own Concrete

John Carroll explains how to save time and money with a small mixer and a little... More

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Setting Precast Footings

How a Massachusetts contractor perfectly aligned multiple precast piers for a 78-... More

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Underpinning a Garage Foundation

Before adding new living space above an existing garage, the footings may have to... More

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Footings Instruction

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Rules for Pipe Sleeves Through Footings

If you don't get the details right, a sleeve for a drain pipe or other mechanicals... More

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Curing Time for Concrete Footings

Temperature, admixtures, and fly-ash content can affect how long it takes for concrete to achieve its rated strength. More

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Why Soil Moisture Matters When Pouring Concrete Footings

Super-dry soil can suck water out of wet concrete, while very wet soil will add... More

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On the Job: Future-Proof Footings

Future-proof footings; fiber cement at a clip; squeak reducer More

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Q&A: Capillary Break at Footing

Q: I have been told that crushed stone should be placed beneath foundation footings as a capillary break to prevent moisture from migrating up the foundation wall into the basement or crawlspace. Won’t this make the footing settle? More

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