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Site Work and Foundations

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The Greenest House in America?Online Membership Required

Although it's healthful, low maintenance, and easy on the environment, this Texas home is also lots of fun to live in

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

Graphic Guide to Site Construction: Grading and Drainage Principles
Graphic Guide to Site Construction: Grading and Drainage Principles

Guidelines for preventing erosion and directing water away from the house

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

Tip: Blow-dryers on the job

Sealing a Crawlspace
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Sealing a CrawlspaceOnline Membership Required

Close the vents and let a heavy-duty vapor barrier keep moisture, mold and radon out of the living space

Raise High the BungalowOnline Membership Required

An architect adds a new first floor under his house to gain space and better views of Puget Sound

Q & A: Adding on to a stone foundation

Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House: Foundation Fundamentals
Habitat for Humanity How to Build a House: Foundation Fundamentals

Establishing a sound connection between the house, the foundation, and the earth is crucial. These foundation fundamentals can help get you started.

Using a Skid-Steer Loader
Video: Using a Skid-Steer LoaderOnline Membership Required

Grading a driveway with one of these machines saves a lot of time, but much of the work is done in reverse

Using Skid-Steer LoadersOnline Membership Required

Grading a driveway? Leveling a yard? Digging a trench? For under $200, you can rent one of these machines, save a load of money and leave the blisters behind

Code Check West: Building Guidelines
Code Check West: Building Guidelines

What you need to know about building codes in the western states, at a glance

The dirt sled
Tip: The dirt sled

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