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Building a Monolithic Concrete Slab Foundation DVD
Hosted by Andrew Morrison
Finally there's a video that explains how to properly build a concrete slab from start to finish! See the entire process step-by-step, from grading the site to polishing the perfect concrete slab.
Slab-on-grade construction is popular in strawbale and frame house construction, and for numerous projects such as garages, guest cottages, outdoor patios, additions, workshops, and studios.
This video includes up-to-date information to build your own concrete slab foundation to code. General contractor Andrew Morrison walks you through each stage of the concrete foundation building process. By following this simple how-to guide, you will be able to successfully build your own concrete foundation with no prior foundation or concrete experience. This video includes:
- Details on four different types of foundations.
- Proper site evaluation.
- How to build around existing structures.
- How to level the site.
- Compacting a gravel base.
- Building, setting, and squaring concrete forms.
- Insulation placement options.
- How to bring electrical and plumbing lines into the slab.
- Pouring, leveling, and polishing concrete.
- A list of tools needed for each step of the project.
- Definitions and explanations of all the relevant terms.
- Instruction suited to beginning builders as well as experienced hands.
- Tons of tips and techniques to save you time and money.
Learn how to set up "batter" boards to help establish perfectly square forms. Find out how to assess lumber for form boards for "crown" and "sway," and how to make the best use of natural variances in the wood. Learn how to brace your forms to keep the corners square when the concrete is poured. Learn the 3, 4, 5 technique to get perfectly square corners. Use concrete stakes to fine-tune level and square. Paying attention to these details will make your finished slab perfect!
Learn to set up the concrete slab for interior and exterior stud walls, or how to alter the slab for straw bale construction, including details such as how to leave a notch in the foundation to keep an exterior plaster coat flush to the floor.
Start the sub-slab development process right and eliminate headaches as you pour concrete. Learn what you need to do before you call in the concrete delivery truck, including what materials make up the sub-slab, what order they need to be in, the recommended thickness, and the techniques to use.
Learn about different conditions that require a slightly different mix of concrete. Feel confident conversing with the driver of the concrete truck. Learn the best tools and techniques to float your concrete pad and find out how to finish up around the edges and around the anchor bolts.
New Information Added: The updated DVD includes: How to pour curved form concrete, how to install hydronic heat systems, and how to color and stamp concrete slabs for beautiful floors... an excellent added value to an already extensive instructional DVD! Total Run Time: 1 Hour, 46 minutes.
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