DEAR TIM: Thirteen years ago, a long poured concrete retaining wall was installed when our home was built. We didn’t hire the builder and have come to discover he built the home and wall using poor construction methods. Believe it or not, there are no building code inspections in this part of my state. Do […]
DEAR TIM: I'm in a pickle and not liking it. I moved into an existing home only to discover a few months ago the shingles on my roof are defective. Fortunately, the previous homeowner saved all his product brochures and I know the brand and type of shingle. But I've run into resistance with the […]
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 crashed into the second one. Why did this happen and what could have prevented it? I thought concrete block was the smart product to use for my foundation and home, but […]
Cordless hammer drills are capable of drilling holes into solid granite quickly and easily. No need to use sledge hammers and star bits. If your project calls for a full day of drilling, you may want to get a corded drill and a portable power generator.
Building a dry-laid arched stone bridge is possible, but you must cut the stones just right. A tight fit is required to keep the stones from moving. It might be easier to use a little cement mortar. The use of mortar allows you to not worry about how tightly the stones must fit
When it comes to digging a hole or trench, or just moving dirt around, there is a proper shovel for each different job. Use the wrong hand shovel and you could make the job even harder. Check out these tips on selecting the proper shovel for the job.
It is possible to build a stacked rock wall. Different techniques are required if the rock wall is to be a retaining wall or just a fence type wall. Be sure to calculate the weight of the earth pushing against the stacked rock wall if it will be a retaining wall.
Runoff water can create erosion issues on your property. Using a trench drain, you get collect the water and direct to another area on your property. This drainage system will allow you to control and minimize your soil erosion.
Have you dreamed of building a log cabin yourself? There are many challenges when building a home, especially a log home. The first thing to do would be to go online and spend lots of time at any and all log home association websites.