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Soil strength and quality are extremely important when building a new home since most house foundations contact soil, not bedrock. Not all soils are the same, so it is vital you get a valid soil test and inspection.

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A fire stop is a vital component of wall framing. Fire stop insulation, fire stop foam and other proper fire stopping materials are essential to block combustible gases from moving upward through your home like a chimney. Understanding fire stops, if you undertake a DIY project, is necessary for your safety.

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Cutting crown molding is simple! Knowing how to cut crown molding is easy if you think upside down and reverse. Read on, then the project of installing crown molding will be clear.

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Foundation walls are one of the most important structural elements of your home. They must be strong and supported well before you place vast amounts of heavy soil against them. The backfill soil can quickly crack or push in a concrete wall that is not strong enough to resist the force of the dirt.

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Clearing land to build a new home may not be a do-it-yourself project. Land clearing can involve heavy land clearing equipment, depending on the size of the construction project. You might start with some simple hand tools, an industrial grade chainsaw and end up with a bulldozer.

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A scissors truss provides the benefits of a vaulted ceiling in the same framing time as standard roof trusses. Structural engineers and special software customize the roof truss to your home roof pitch. Use standard trusses in part of your home and the scissors trusses or another special truss in other sections. Explore all truss options with your builder for custom results.

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Water in heating ducts is more common than you might imagine. Some houses built on top of concrete slabs have the heating and air conditioning ducts buried in the ground under the concrete. Water can enter these heating ducts when it rains heavily as the water table starts to rise and pushes water up into the soil under the slab and then into the ducts. It is easy to remove the water and to permanently stop the water from entering the ducts. You have to divert the ground water away from the house with a special outdoor trench drain.

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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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