Construction

Foundation Pier Systems

Although foundation pier systems are increasingly being used in new building foundations they are better known for the role they play in repairing, underpinning and tying back existing foundations.

Unless you are a builder or structural engineer, any work on a building’s foundations should be left to the experts. However, many competent DIY and home enthusiasts will want to know about the options available to them if they’re considering an extension to their property or if they have got a problem with their existing foundations.

Causes of Building Foundation Problems

Building Cinder Block Structures

You’ll be amazed at how building a cinder block structure can transform a plain-looking patio into a lovely private courtyard. The best part is, it’s a simple and straight forward process that you can handle yourself.

Plan and Prepare

Step one is to get a plan drawn up; even a simple one on a computer drafting program, or a rough sketch. It’ll help as a guide during construction and in buying the materials. Be sure the area is clear of dust and debris, and then lay out the cinder block base. Do this before mixing the mortar!

How to Build Dormers

Are you facing the challenge of building dormers? A do-it-yourselfer must consider the requisite planning, preparation, equipment and skills, as well as the amount of time and expense, in undertaking such a building project. The addition of a dormer to a dwelling unit, whether for the purpose of adding a bedroom, a home office or studio or to add general living space, is a fairly common approach to enlarging the dimensions of a home.

Where are Dormers Placed

Framing an Interior Wall

The framing of an interior wall is an easy project, whether it is a single wall during a remodel or a whole house from scratch. Interior walls can be framed using 2' X 4' wood studs or metal studs. The procedure is basically the same with just a few minor differences and a few different tools.

Here we explain framing an interior wall with wood studs (also called “stick framing” in the trade). When you buy your material, pick through the studs carefully. Only buy the ones that are straight and true.

Tools that You Will Need

    - Hammer
    - Nails
    - Nail gun (optional)
    - Tape Measure
    - 4' level
    - Chalk line
    - Circular saw

Installing Copper Corner Trim

Corner trim is often more difficult to install than in straight areas, but you can learn how to install copper corner trim without too much difficulty. This is a great way to add protection to the edges of various projects as copper is very durable and strong. In addition, copper corner trim is very inexpensive compared to some of the other materials on the market.

You will find copper corner trim can make the job easier for everything from completing your kitchen to fixing your roof. There are plenty of uses for copper because it does last so long. Even replacing pipes in your home is easier with the use of copper corner pieces.

Getting Started