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An architect makes the case for dry-stack block walls. They are made from precisely manufactured concrete blocks that are stacked into walls without the need of mortar joints and then filled with grout. Material costs are higher, but labor costs are much lower than typical block construction.
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Get evenly spaced courses and consistent mortar joints by using the proper layout, mortar consistency and troweling techniquesby John Carroll
Assembled with regular building skills, ICFs form airtight, insulating concrete walls that finish with standard materialsby Andy Engel
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.by Rick Arnold, Mike Guertin
Thanks to interlocking foam forms, you can form, pour, and insulate any small foundation in a single dayby Rick Arnold
The bones beneath concrete's muscle, rebar has to be cut, bent and tied properly to do its jobby Howard Stein
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