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Tim Carter describes a vapor barrier that's underneath a concrete slab, that's about to be poured. Tim reveals why it's mission critical to install a vapor barrier when doing your concrete projects.

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Tim Carter shows reinforcing steel - 21# wire mesh - that's installed in a concrete slab. Tim describes why it's important to install steel reinforcing in your concrete. The concrete wire mesh adds strength to the concrete.

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A concrete foundation can provide you with decades of solid support for your house. Concrete foundation contractors must pour your foundation properly. A concrete foundation is not your only foundation choice - wood, concrete block, insulated concrete foundation are other options.

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The foundation footer is the bottom building block on which your house rests. The purpose of the foundation foot is to spread the weight of the house across a wider contact area. The home foundation supports the full weight of the building and all the contents. Reinforcing steel is a must in concrete footings to help increase its strength.

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What happens a hole is dug too close to a building's foundation? Here is an example of a building collapse due to several factors. A structural collapse can occur when the pressures on opposite sides of a building occur. Excavation, rain and structure defects all can contribute to a real problem.

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A house foundation repair can be accomplished. Before house foundation repairs are attempted, the soil around the foundation must be solid. Once the soil is good, you can plan how to repair house foundation.

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Tim Carter demonstrates a few easy ways to keep the base of your house from getting structural cracks. Foundation cracks can occur during extremely dry weather. The soil dries up and pulls away from your foundation. Keep your foundation watered to help avoid house settlement.

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Foundation cracks are a serious matter, regardless of the type of crack. The following illustrations show the various types of foundation and basement cracks. These include hairline wall cracks, stair step concrete block cracks and cracks from the basement windows.

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