Concrete Block QUESTION #1: I’ve been researching foundation types for both new homes and room additions. I’ve narrowed it down to either poured concrete or concrete block. Many websites thump their chests saying poured concrete is better than concrete block. What’s your opinion, Tim? Have you worked with both materials? Carol Ann S., Richmond, VA […]
Building On Rocky Land TIPS Groundwater moves sideways towards home Create a space or trench between footing and rock wall Waterproof foundation and use drain tile Top of foundation should be 18 inches above grade CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: The lot where I’m building my new home is […]
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.
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.
Compact Fill Under Slab TIPS Concrete bends and breaks Use self-compacting fill Water helps compact Concrete block ledges on footer CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: My new home is under construction. I'm in a disagreement with my builder about what's going to happen under my garage slab. Right now […]
DEAR TIM: I recently moved into a neglected house. While working on the landscaping in the front yard, I discovered that the top of the foundation was below grade. Two courses of brick on top of the foundation were covered by a mixture of dirt and mulch. What’s your opinion about how much mulch one […]
DEAR TIM: My last house had a basement that leaked water. I’m building a new home and want my basement as dry as the Atacama Desert. I’m confident that my drain tile was not put in correctly at my last house. What are the best practices when installing drain tile around a foundation? What materials […]
Tim Carter demonstrates in his DIY shed project how to level the ground. Making the ground level before you start helps make the project go faster. Level ground also helps to make adjustments so the drainage around the shed is good and there's no ponding water. You can level the ground by hand or used […]