House Foundation

New brick foundation vents

How to Add Brick Foundation Vents to Crawl Space

Adequate crawl space ventilation is important to the health of a home. Here’s how to add new vents to a brick foundation.

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Using a homemade water level to level a shed foundation.

How to Make a Homemade Water Level

Water levels have been in use for thousands of years, are easy and inexpensive to make, and more accurate than carpenter’s levels. Read on to find out how to make an inexpensive water level that’s perfect for leveling a shed or deck foundation.

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Measuring ground slope from foundation.

How To Measure Grading Slope Around a House Foundation

Find out how to measure the grading around your home to make sure your lot slopes downhill enough away from your house foundation. Read on to find out more.

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Weep hole in brick wall

Sealing Weep Holes in Brick Walls

Weep holes in brick walls shouldn’t be filled with solid material, since they allow moisture to drain and air to circulate, but you can insert strips of screen wire or scouring pad into the cracks to keep insects out. Watch this video to find out more.

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Recycling chute in kitchen cabinets leads to bin under house

Foundation Door and Recycling Chute for Kuppersmith Project House

A metal mesh foundation door was installed on the Kuppersmith Project house to provide access to the crawlspace under the house. The foundation door also allowed access to bins for the recycling chutes, which we installed behind a door in the kitchen cabinets. Watch this video to find out more.

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Spray painting a cast iron foundation vent grate

How to Paint Cast Iron Foundation Vent Grates

Before painting the cast iron foundation vent grates on the Kuppersmith Project house, a wire brush was used to remove any rust. Next, the vents were sprayed with a metal primer followed by a metal paint to match the trim on the house. Watch this video to find out more.

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Cement being applied to concrete block foundation wall

Finishing Foundation Walls on the Kuppersmith Project House

To match the existing foundation on the Kuppersmith Project house, skim coats of cement were applied to the concrete block foundation walls on the new additions. Several coats were used, to keep the joints in the concrete blocks from showing through. Watch this video to find out more.

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Using a transit to find low spots on a floor

Leveling the Foundation and Floor on the Kuppersmith Project House

When renovating an older home, foundation settling problems are common, and the 1926 Kuppersmith Project house was no exception. After finding the low spots, we had to repair any rotten sills and jack the house up to level the floor. Watch this video to find out more.

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