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Dress Up a Block Wall with a Rock Wall Dress Up a Block Wall with a Rock Wall Online Membership Required

Rather than hiding a poured-concrete or block foundation with landscape plantings, show it off with stone veneer

Four Retaining Wall ChoicesOnline Membership Required

Hold back the earth with blocks, concrete, timbers, or stone. Here's how different systems stack up.

Building a Modular Retaining Wall
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Building a Modular Retaining WallOnline Membership Required

Stacked on a stable base, interlocking concrete blocks offer a mortarless solution to common landscaping problems

Insulated Concrete FormsOnline Membership Required

Assembled with regular building skills, ICFs form airtight, insulating concrete walls that finish with standard materials

Forming and Pouring Foundations
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Forming and Pouring FoundationsOnline Membership Required

They hold up the house, hold back the earth and keep out the water. If they're not level and square, you may end up custom-cutting every rafter.

Squaring and Leveling Mudsills
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Squaring and Leveling MudsillsOnline Membership Required

If you assume the foundation is accurate, you may end up custom cutting each rafter and fussing with every miter in your trim

Q & A: Rectifying a rotted girder

Taking a Load OffOnline Membership Required

Three basic shoring techniques for making structural repairs

The Structural Stone WallOnline Membership Required

Save your mortar for pointing, bed your stones in concrete, and remember there's no substitute for gravity

Dry-Stack BlockOnline Membership Required

Precision-ground concrete blocks make it easy to build a wall

Termite protection
Tip: Termite protection

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