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SOLVING FOUNDATION FAILURES

A building foundation’s primary purpose is to transfer the loads from the superstructure to the underlying soil at a bearable pressure. It serves as an interface between superstructure and substructure. As we discuss foundations, remember that a footing and a foundation are two different elements, one … Continue reading

Installing Floor Joists: What You Should Know

#Floor-joists are a critical part of the overall frame design in a building’s structure. These supports run horizontally across the span of the building and are an important part of the engineering, helping to make the house solid and sturdy for the long term. Floor joists also provide a … Continue reading

Repointing Brick and Stone Walls

Masonry walls are built of a series of individual units – generally brick, stone or flint – with mortar acting as the glue that holds them together. The external face of the finished wall therefore consists of masonry units separated by mortar joints. These joints are known as pointing.

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Foundation Systems and Soil Types

While seemingly innocuous, the soil type could have a dramatic impact on your project. Michael Holmes analyses the various ground conditions and foundation solutions, revealing their cost

Soil Types A good starting point is to call your local authority Building Control department. They should be willing, informally, to … Continue reading