Foundation

Your foundation is literally what keeps your home from crumbling. Here’s what you need to know to keep it safe and secure.

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    34 Silent Signs That Your House is Failing

    Your house can't talk, but it can give you hints of failure, if you pay attention. Learn what your house is trying to tell you with these silent signs.

    Rain barrel diverters protect your foundation from overflows

    This simple valve on a rain barrel downspout diverter keeps your house protected.


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    15 Things Home Inspectors Wish You Knew

    These things home inspectors wish you knew can help sellers prepare for a home sale and make buyers aware of...


    6 Home Problems Inspectors Hate to See

    Reuben Saltzman, president of Structure Tech in Minnesota, identifies potential home problems and what to do about them.


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    Foundation Cracks: What You Need to Know

    A home's foundation will crack over time. Knowing the difference between which cracks are OK and which need to be...

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    DIY Fire Pit

    Enjoy a crackling wood fire in your own backyard. Learn how to build a DIY fire pit.


    Build a Brick Pathway in the Garden

    Build this handsome backyard feature in one weekend.

    How to Build a Table with a Concrete Top

    The look and durability of natural stone—the cost and simplicity of concrete


    Asphalt Repair and Crack Filling

    Over time, every asphalt driveway develops cracks and pits. Here's how to fight back.


    Masonry: How to Repair Mortar Joints

    A beginner's guide to tuckpointing, or replacing mortar joints


    Modern Stone Installation Tips

    Tips for installing veneer stone from a real pro

    How to Repair Mortar Joints

    Restore crumbling mortar joints with a chisel, a grinder and a lot of patience


    How to Seal an Asphalt Driveway

    Seal your asphalt driveway correctly and it could last up to 30 years.


    How to Replace Spalling Bricks

    Freezing and thawing water in brick can cause flaking and spalling, which ruins the brick.


    How to Build Pathways: Brick and Stone Pathways

    With a little imagination and a lot of muscle, you can build this walk in a three-day weekend


    How to Build a Stone Fire Ring

    Build this backyard fire pit with retaining wall blocks.

    How to Cut Concrete

    Concrete cutting tips for the tough jobs. Try a concrete saw


    How to Install a Glass Block Shower

    A curved wall creates a unique bath area


    How to Install Stone Facing

    Step-by-step instructions and pictures for how to install stone facing.


    How to Install a Durable Asphalt Driveway

    Learn how the pros make asphalt driveways that last


    10 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Use Concrete

    We generally associate concrete with infrastructure and buildings, however, there are numerous things you can make with concrete that don't...


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    5 Crucial Tips for Concrete Care 

    Here are five easy—and relatively inexpensive—ways to keep your concrete as strong as King Kong, according to Acid Magic.


    Chimney Maintenance

    Make your chimney last for decades with a few hours of simple maintenance


    A Heated Driveway: Is It Actually Worth It?

    Have you considered a heated driveway? Radiant heating slabs have been around for decades and have been growing in popularity...

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    How to Fix Chipped Concrete Steps for Good

    Assemble an L-shaped wooden form, lock it into place with bricks and fill the void with concrete repair mix.


    2 Simple Steps to Protect Your Exterior Stonework

    Doing this will extend the life of your exterior stone.


    Make Solid Connections in Concrete

    To securely mount screws, hooks or nails to a solid concrete surface, bore a hole in the wall, then...


    How to Build a Post and Beam Pavilion

    Does it seem like whenever you want to spend your day off outside, the weather foils your plans? Rain and...


    Reader Project: Cast Concrete Bridge

    Fred Beal is a highway engineer, so when he needed a bridge for his Montana home, he designed and built it himself. With help


    Reader Project: Fireplace Makeover

    I nearly fell over when we got the October 2015 issue of The Family Handyman—the cover photo could have been