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July 22, 2016
In this episode, host and managing editor Justin Fink talks with editor-in-chief Rob Yagid and design editor Brian Pontolilo about outdoor showers, efflorescence, attic insulation, and window replacement. Resources and…
June 27, 2016
The steel reinforcing rod used in the footings and foundation will end up costing about 50% of the cost of the concrete used to fill the footing and ICF forms.
Recycled I joists, old staging planks and salvaged plywood are used for form boards.
June 10, 2016
How to set a bolt in wet concrete to the correct depth
Imagine building a house and getting a callback years later about a flawed foundation. Not a crack, but a failing foundation so riddled with flaws that the entire house is…
March 6, 2016
Although the amount of concrete used is small, the forming and finishing techniques for a slab such as a deck-stair landing—or in this case, a propane-tank pad—aren’t much different from…
Afraid to tackle cracked bricks? Dye some mortar for a durable and invisible repair
September 16, 2015
In the summer of 2012, Andrey Rudenko began toying with the idea of creating a 3D printer capable of constructing homes. An experienced contractor with a background in engineering and…
May 13, 2015
The best way to cool the blade and control the dust while cutting pavers, tile, stone, asphalt, or concrete is with water. I keep a steady stream of water flowing…
February 4, 2015
Make a code-compliant landing for the stairs
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