Construction Basics

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Do concrete footers identify load bearing walls?

Load bearing walls are the walls that support the weight or load of the floors above as well as the roof

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How to Get Certified as an Engineer

This path rewards your technical curiosity.

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What to Know Before Starting a Career in Construction

Are ladders and hammers your ideal work companions?

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6 Types of Construction Permits

You might need them for more projects than you'd expect.

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Zoning Laws 101

The rules go deeper than residential and commercial.

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Geodesic Dome Construction Tips

There are many important things to keep in mind when you are planning the construction of your own geodesic

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How to Get Licensed as an Architect

This stimulating job combines artistic and technical skills.

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4 Common Construction Law Misconceptions

There's no money-back guarantee on new construction.

Tips on Building off a Load Bearing Wall

A wall that receives the enormous weight of the upper floors'

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Tambour Door

A tambour door is often used on desks and in kitchens.

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Where to Begin With a Fixer Upper

Turning an old home into a designer masterpiece can be done.

The Basics of the Residential Building Code Explained

Understanding the residential building code is crucial.

How To Build Stairs In Your Home

Building stairs in your home is a big job.

Planning And Constructing Small Log Homes

Nothing says charming like a small log home.

How to Read Your Construction Permit

Most communities require construction permits.

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Stairs Calculator for the Neophyte

Work out the number of risers and runners you need.

A spiral staircase.
Spiral Staircase Construction Step-by-Step

Stair kits offer a cheaper and easy solution.

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How to Make Over Your Bathroom with Scratch Coat and Ceramic Tiling

Scratch coats and ceramic tiles are great for bathrooms.

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3 Building Codes for Stairs Explained

Building Codes are very important whenever you are building any type of structure.

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6 Interesting Building Permit Facts

There are many different types.

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How To Find Utility Lines Before Digging

Things to be aware of before digging around the yard.

Flipping Houses: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Flipping houses has become an exciting and profitable trend.

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How to Safely Clean a Ridge Vent

Let the warm air out to improve home cooling.

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IKEA Made a Tiny House!

It's practical, cost-effective, and transportable.

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Home Improvement Construction: Planning an Entryway Remodel

Improve your entryway, both inside and out.

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Framing an Opening for a Load Bearing Wall

A load bearing wall is extremely important in construction.

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What Causes Screws to Break?

Broken screws are a common problem for DIYers.

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Bottom or Sole Plate

What all the vertical structures are built or erected from.

Building Restriction Lines

The perimeter of an area past which no building's allowed.

Stairs with a landing.
Plan and Build Stairs With Landings

Follow these seven steps, and build your own stairs with landings!

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How to Insert a Door or Window in a Load-bearing Wall

You can't afford to mess up adding a window or door to a load-bearing wall, so get the proper steps and advice first.

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Corner Braces

Corner braces offer the support you need.

How to Handle Stress When Building

Building or remodeling a home can be very stressful.

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Pilaster

These rectangular supports resemble flat columns.

A modern tiny house.
Tiny Houses Are Getting Really Big

Suddenly, they're everywhere, like mushrooms.

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4 DIY Projects You Shouldn't Tackle On Your Own

Thinking of replacing the roof? Maybe think again.

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Is Your Home Up to Code?

Looking into your home's safety before something goes wrong.

Different Staircase Spindles

The character of a staircase comes from the spindles.

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How to Get Certified as a Brick Mason

Build your career one stone at a time.