While bricks are some of the ancient and common building materials,they present environmental challenges that should command the attention of any developer, or mason-contractor worth his salt. These problems are damp penetration, heat loss and condensation. … More Environmental problems with brick walls
A high performance building requires, among other things ,effective fail-save mechanisms for dealing with unwanted water.Here is how to hack this problem of moisture in your proposed built environment. … More Moisture problems in your building? Here is how to hack it.
Hardly anything can shake your confidence in a building more than cracks on its wall or floor .This is taken to be the smoking gun evidence of deployment of substandard building materials and poor workmanship, which can sent the value of the house into a tail spin. However these cracks can also be caused directly … More 4 reasons why a building may experience relative movements.
Hardly a few month pass without either building under construction or occupied by tenants is reported to have collapsed.Before we prescribe a lasting solution to the problem we need to know the root cause of this disturbing phenomenon.I think there are six reasons why a building may collapse. … More 6 reasons why buildings collapse
Whatever the pundit of renown have said about brick and mortar establishments, the fact is they are is here to stay.Which make it relevant to know some interesting facts about mortar.All said, mortar is an aggregate mix of sand and cement plus water and is used to bind bricks and the courses in a building wall. … More Mortar in building construction
If you have a problem with contractors who use feet when communicating about your building foundation trenches and millimeters when ordering timber , you are not alone.In this part of the world we use the metric measurement system.So when,for some obscure reasons, someone chooses to use the US standard measurement its bound to cause some throbbing pain.In this article ,I proactively cure that pain for good by unpacking for you how to convert for example floor area in squared feet to metres squared. … More Here is how to convert your house floor area in feet to meters.
To get a a useful answer from your prospective building construction contractor,you must in the first place ,provide an accurate description of your house together with specifications and standard materials expected to be used .Once this is received by the contractor then its a matter of a few days before you get an amazingly neat cost per square meters or total cost for constructing your dream house.This would ideally exclude the deck , terraces,sidewalk and drive way. … More How much will my house cost?
At a building construction site water can turn from good to bad news easily.This , of course , depends on how you effectively deal with high water table and the capillary action of water . Read on to find out how you can avoid experiencing floor tiles that lift and un-sightly wall paint blisters courtesy of the rising damp. … More How to avoid rising damp in your building
The next time you have minor repair work at home ,plan not to to rush to your next door neighbours for tools or send an SOS to your carpenter.And this plan involves you passing through the local hardware store,once in a while and picking one of the 8 must have tools for your backyard workshop.This article is up your street if you are looking for interesting facts about these must have tools and how much it will cost you to have one. … More 8 tools you need to hack that DIY work at home
Different strokes for different people.One primer may work well with wood surfaces but produce disastrous results with Plaster surfaces.That is why you will do well to follow the recommendation of experts when giving a paint makeover to your house. Broadly speaking, oil solvent primers are good for cold and wet external surfaces while latex primers are excellent with house interior surfaces. … More The recommended Paint primer for your house