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Mix concrete by the bag Mix concrete by the bag

A reliable and back-friendly approach to a common chore 

An Energy-Smart Foundation in Two Days
An Energy-Smart Foundation in Two DaysOnline Membership Required

A compacted gravel footing is the only prep work required, and you don't have to wait for the weather

Mixing Concrete in a Wheelbarrow
Video: Mixing Concrete in a Wheelbarrow

A simple wheelbarrow, a stiff rake, and a reliable process transform the task of mixing concrete from backbreaker to no-brainer

Hebel block
Hebel block

A great wall system that masons love to hate

A Fast Foundation for an AdditionOnline Membership Required

Thanks to interlocking foam forms, you can form, pour, and insulate any small foundation in a single day

Q & A: Retro footing

Q & A: Frost vs. pier foundation

Footing and Foundation in One PourOnline Membership Required

For small projects, you can save time and money if you form and pour everything at once

Q & A: Concrete porch floor

Mudsills: Where the Framing Meets the FoundationOnline Membership Required

Even if the foundation is not square or level, getting the mudsills right will get you back on track

Using a Builder’s Level
Video: Using a Builder’s LevelOnline Membership Required

Find the high spots by comparing measurements taken at different points along the foundation

Plumbing Under a Concrete FloorOnline Membership Required

Layout is critical when the pipes are cast in stone

A Firm Foundation for a Backyard Shed
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A Firm Foundation for a Backyard Shed

Carpenter Joseph Truini offers construction details for four types of basic, on-grade foundations suitable for backyard buildings

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