Foundation Details.

Foundation consisting of flexible and rigid spread footings (no connecting beams) Foundation generally includes the footings and the pedestals. The simplest type of foundation is the spread foundation (pad foundation) i.e. isolated column footings. As a rule, spread footings consist only of a box and they are usually called flexible. Sometimes they may have a […]

The feasibility of concrete casting in beams

As a rule, in earthquake resistant structures there is a large amount of reinforcement and if its positioning is not done in the proper way, most of the times, the following serious construction defects appear in the areas of the joints. The key to a feasible concrete casting is the use of a second rebar […]

How to Install Wet Underfloor Heating

An underfloor heating system is an essential for today’s self-builders, yet it can also be installed retrofit. In this article Robbens Systems presents a DIY guide to installing your own ‘wet’ underfloor heating system   Installing underfloor heating is a popular option amongst self builders. It will allow you total temperature control on a room-by-room […]

Pile Driving Terminology

Adapters: Devices used to attach leads to the point of a crane boom. Allowable load: The load which maybe safely applied to a pile based on bearing capacity and settlement. Anchor pile: A pile used to resist tension or uplift loads. Anvil: The part of a power-operated hammer, which receives the blow of the ram […]

Staircase Terminology

This glossary of staircase related terminology is by no means exhaustive but does detail the most common and basic terms used in staircase construction and balustrading installation. Stair Terminology Baluster/Spindle – the vertical member, plain or decorative, that acts as the infill between the handrail and baserail (or tread if cut string). Balustrading – the […]

Tips for Designing Your Dream Bathroom

Good design rules are not code and they are not required by law. But designing wisely means having a bathroom you will enjoy using. Plus, a well-designed bathroom gives your home added resale value when it comes time to sell. Following Code in the Bathroom The International Residential Code is a model code that was […]