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Foundations
©2004

Every house begins with a foundation, but you’ll need to determine what kind. This program explains the three types of foundations—basement foundation, crawl space foundation, and slab-on-grade—and uses a full basement foundation in a seasonal climate to illustrate basic techniques and concerns, including the use of footings, building forms, load-bearing values of the soil, and methods for pouring and curing concrete. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online. Correlates to the Competencies and Objectives of the National Center for Construction Education & Research. A Shopware Production. (14 minutes)



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Purpose and Types of Foundations
The foundation provides a sound, durable base on which to build a house. The three basic types of foundations are the basement foundation, the crawl space, and the slab on grade foundation.