Precast Pier Jig
A simple 2x4 brace helps make sure the pier ends up in the right position.
Setting Precast Footings
How a Massachusetts contractor perfectly aligned multiple precast piers for a 78-...
Are Windows Required in Basements?
Q: We’d like to start building basements with precast concrete panels, but we’ve been running into resistance from local code officials. Are basement windows required when a house is built with a full foundation?
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.
Building With Precast Concrete Panels
Produce industrial-strength energy-efficient homes with hollow-core planks and...
A Masonry Chimney in Six Hours
No one likes waiting for the mason, but manufactured zero-clearance fireplaces...
Q&A: Is It Necessary to Compact Slab Sub-Base?
Q. We need to pour a 24x24-foot concrete slab for an attached garage next to a...
Roof Deck Renovations
A third-generation roofing contractor describes the range of deck types you’ll find on commercial roofs and how to safely cut through in remodeling work.