Concrete, Masonry

Energy Star Checklist, Section 1: Overall Air Barrier and Thermal Alignment

18 Videos, articles, and animations showing you how to get through Section 1 of the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. It is about the continuity between various components of the air barrier system and the thermal envelope.


Efflorescence: 7 Minutes of BS


A snowball effect of physics vs. physical structures: water carries salt to the surface of masonry, which crystallizes and can blow apart its masonry host.

Tropical Terrazzo (Granito)

— Fernando Pagés Ruiz is ProTradeCraft's Latin America Editor. He is currently building a business in Ecuador and a house in Mexico. Formerly, he was a builder in the Great Plains and mountain states. He is author of Building an Affordable House and Affordable Remodel (Taunton Press).

An #oldschool approach to decorative concrete surfaces


Not Everything Should be Built for the Ages

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Good amortization doesn't always involve using a building forever—sometimes, it means recapturing the space when the building corrodes


A Day in the Life of a Post-War Bricklayer


Jack Ellis is a brick layer. His work starts at 8 in the morning. Jack is working on the third floor, so he climbs the—what appears to be homemade—ladder up to get on the scaffolding.

Step Flashing 2 Brick: Its Complicated


Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...


Infill Foundation for a Four-Story Passive House


"In order to maximize the buildable area on the infill lot, we had to go fairly deep and do some extensive shoring."

—Dan Whitmore of Hammer & Hand 

Sneak Peek: Seismic Retrofitting in the San Francisco Bay Area


Scouting photos for an upcoming video shoot covering moment frame, walls, foundation, and rim joists.

Stabilizing a Bowing Foundation Wall with GeoLock Anchors

Long rods, a BIG drill, oversize washers, and an enormous wrench unbuckle a badly bowed wall. Notice the lack of 'excavator' on the list?


Warm and Dry Monolithic Slab with Brick Ledge


Adding brick to the outside of a house complicates insulating outside a slab. So Insulate inside.