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Site Work and Foundations

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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

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

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