Concrete & Masonry
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.
Good amortization doesn't always involve using a building forever—sometimes, it means recapturing the space when the building corrodes
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.
Drill, Drive, DONE—Finally a concrete anchor that works
The iconic brick layer’s trowel had found a new use.
"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
Scouting photos for an upcoming video shoot covering moment frame, walls, foundation, and rim joists.
Long rods, a BIG drill, oversize washers, and an enormous wrench unbuckle a badly bowed wall. Notice the lack of 'excavator' on the list?
Direct the heat toward the feet
Letting the brick dry evenly is the key for old masonry walls that want to leak less energy
The demo digs deep into the house to repair the rubble foundation and rework the workflow
An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 4, 5, and 6
Being safety conscious doesn't make you a sissy.
You can't stop heat flow, but you can keep your floor from becoming a big ol' heat sink
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