We need to install a drain system on an existing home. The recommendations we’ve gotten have all advised a drain system inside the basement, not outside. I have always thought that outside drain systems were more effective. What is the best way to go?
These simple site-built beams are the backbone of the house, so make sure you build them straight and set them level.
Q: I have a 275-gal. fuel-oil tank in my basement. Being of Scottish descent, I’d like to add a second tank so that I can buy an entire winter’s worth of…
Waterproofing the foundation walls is only the first step; you also need a system of drains around the foundation that silt won't render useless.
Dry-laid walls reinforced with steel and filled with concrete make a weathertight, bugproof house.
Despite the obstacles, converting that dark, scary place into comfortable living space is much cheaper than adding on.
Assembled with regular building skills, ICFs form airtight, insulating concrete walls that finish with standard materials.
Drying the foundation and sealing air leaks make houses durable and healthy.
Q: I’m moving from Colorado to California soon. While living in Colorado, I’ve really enjoyed having a basement with lots of extra space for storage. However, I’ve never seen a California…
Think of the ground around the house as the roof that keeps the foundation dry.
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