Archives: Foundations

Foundation Drainage and Damp Proofing

By Todd Fratzel on Foundations

Proper foundation drainage and damp proofing is critical in keeping your basement dry. This post is another in the Total House Construction Series – Foundation To Finish in which I’m documenting the construction of an energy efficient ranch style home. Having a dry basement is one of many requirements in order to maintain a healthy…

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Using Concrete Pump Trucks To Pour Foundations

By Todd Fratzel on Foundations

Using concrete pump trucks to pour foundations is becoming quite popular. Pump trucks provide several major benefits which most concrete sub-contractors are taking advantage of on a regular basis. The concrete pump truck pictured on this site has a reach of 100 feet horizontal. Traditionally concrete trucks would pull up to the forms and dump…

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Forming Concrete Foundation

By Todd Fratzel on Foundations

As I continue to share with you the Total House Construction Series – Foundation to Finish the time has come to show you how the concrete foundation walls are formed. Forming concrete foundation walls is a very labor intensive and time consuming process. This new house is also rather large compared to typical houses. The…

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Building Concrete Footings For A New House

By Todd Fratzel on Foundations

As you probably know I’m documenting the construction of a new house with the Total House Construction Series – Foundation to Finish. This series will follow the construction of a new home with lots of energy efficient design features. Yesterday the concrete footings were built that will eventually hold up the concrete foundation walls and…

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Initial Site Work For House Building Lot

By Todd Fratzel on Foundations

Site work has begun on the new house that we’re building and I’m following here with the Total House Construction Series – Foundation to Finish. The site work for this house building lot consists of: Excavation for house foundation Installation of driveway Installation of waterline and electrical service conduits Construction of on-site septic system Installation…

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Radiant Tubing Into Concrete Slab Detail

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Foundations

Radiant Slab Heat This post is an answer to a question a reader asked the other day. “How should I treat the radiant tubing into concrete slab detail?” It just so happens that I installed the radiant tubing in our new home so I’ve got a bit of experience with this detail. Installing radiant tubing…

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