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What is the Purpose of a Bond Beam?

Bond beams, also called lintel blocks, are used in masonry construction to provide continuous horizontal reinforcement. This is typically achieved by filling U-shaped masonry units with grout or concrete and steel reinforcement. The purpose of a bond beam is to provide horizontal structural support above …

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Do Drywall Seams Have to Be on a Stud?

When installing or detailing drywall, or gypsum board, you may be wondering if you need to dimension the pieces centered on the studs of the wall or ceiling you are working with. Ideally you want to make sure that the drywall seams are centered on …

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What is the Difference Between Damp Proofing and Waterproofing?

Building foundations are in constant contact with the earth and as a result, are regularly subjected to moisture from groundwater. This can be problematic in areas with high water tables or where soils drain poorly. To prevent structural damage, damp proofing and waterproofing are commonly …

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What are the Different Types of Flashing?

When building materials intersect, there is the potential for water infiltration. Flashing is a thin material used to prevent water penetration by providing a seal at joints exposed to the weather. There are two general types of flashing used in masonry construction. The first is …

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What Materials are Used for Roofing?

A roof system consists of various types of materials that are interconnected in order to provide weatherproof protection in buildings. In addition to being waterproof, roofs help protect buildings from the sun, rain, snow, and other elements. Roofing materials vary depending on the shape of …

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What is Thermal Control in Buildings?

Thermal control helps keep the occupants of a building more comfortable by moderating the temperatures of the interior surfaces of the building and reducing drafts. Additionally, it reduces the energy consumption of a building for heating and cooling to a fraction of what it would otherwise …