Quick Column Summary: Walkout basement being built One wall will be framed and the others poured concrete The framed wall will be fine Better insulation and no structural issues Zhou (Joe) Yuan emailed me today with a fascinating question about his new home under construction that has a walkout basement: "I'm building a new house […]
Tim demonstrates in this video, the magical cement paint and how to mix up strong and sticky stucco repair mix. It's all magic. This is the last video in the series. [Lynn asks] "How do you get the new stucco to stick to the crumbling stuff?" Okay that's a great question. So Lynn wants to […]
Tim Carter travels to Mt. Airy, MD to demonstrate to Lynn on a rainy day, how she'll repair her foundation. This is part two of a three-part video series. I'm back up on Lynn's front porch and it's raining. It's just crazy. Tomorrow is May 1st and I think I saw a glacier driving here. […]
Watch this video to discover the process to fix your crumbling foundation or concrete steps or wall. This is Video One in a Three-Part series. I'm outside here at Lynn's and it's raining. I'm under a little bit of an overhang of the roof here, and it's just that very miserable day. But we're gonna […]
Quick Column Summary: Concrete wall crumbling away from foundation Fix it for $15 or less Link to repair column Brandon Stone, who hails from Moncton in the great maritime province of New Brunswick, Canada, is desperate. Here's why: "I have a concrete wall on my 40-year-old foundation that is crumbling. I was told it was built […]
Quick Column Summary: Stucco on block is crumbling Could be a defect in the block How to make repair mix Use cement paint for a good bond DEAR TIM: I live in a house with a concrete block foundation. I think the outside of the block has a decorative stucco on it because the exterior […]
Quick Column Summary: How do you build with concrete block Concrete block needs reinforcement Concrete block should be attached to concrete footer A structural engineer should be involved in the design DEAR TIM: I'm building a new home and two concrete block piers toppled over when a ladder was leaned against one. The one pier […]
Footers are a very important structural component of a house. In most cases, the footer is the only part of the house that touches the earth. Footers are commonly called spread footers because they spread the weight of the house over a wider area than if you just poured the foundation walls allowing them to touch the ground.
Concrete piers are vertical structural elements that support the weight of a building or structure. Their design and installation must consider the weight being supported and the frost line in your area. There are preformed concrete pier forms that provide you with the properly shaped concrete pier foundation.