September 1, 1983
Advice from a contractor on one way to build on a steep slope.
Precision-ground concrete blocks make it easy to build a wall.
July 1, 1983
How to pour the footing and lay the concrete block, and what to do about waterproofing, drainage, and insulation.
Digging trenches for pipes or foundations can be a miserable job if you're working around trees. I recently had to install a large drainage system that passed through the roots…
March 1, 1983
We recently did a foundation job in very crumbly, sandy soil. The first task was to set 27 pier blocks in pier holes that were 18 in, on a side…
November 1, 1982
On a flat lot, footings can be oriented with precision using batter boards, string and a water level.
July 1, 1982
A new second story on independent footings straddles an old house.
March 1, 1982
In "Truss Frame Construction" (FHB #5), Mark White describes a way of holding up insulation with twine so it can easily be installed from above. Here's an alternative method we…
Rigid exterior insulation should not be attached to foundation walls (as commonly recommended in passive solar manuals) in any area where subterranean termites are found. It gives termites hidden access…
May 1, 1981
Have you ever needed to bury a water, gas or electric line and found your path blocked by a concrete slab? Here's a hydraulic method for making a small, accurate…
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