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Keeping Your Crawl Space Pest-Free with Encapsulation

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Unbeknownst to you, your crawl space makes for a rather attractive place for rodents and other pests to hang out in. And like bad house guests, pests can leave behind a number of rather unpleasant things, including fecal droppings that can trigger allergic reactions, chewed up wiring that could create a fire hazard, and missing bits and pieces of insulation. Encapsulating your crawl space is one effective way of nipping your pest problem in the bud, especially when it is used in conjunction with other pest-control measures. The following talks about what draws pests to your crawl space in the first place and how encapsulation resolves those issues. Why Rodents Are Attracted to Your Crawl Space It’s hard to think of a crawl space as being a damp place, but an unprotected plot of dirt or concrete can easily foster a moisture-laden environment. Although the surface seems dry as a bone, moist soil exists just a few inches underneath the surface. This moisture travels upward into the crawl-space area, setting the stage for mold and mildew growth, among other things. As it turns out, a warm, damp place with plenty of protection from the elements is exactly what rodents and other pests are looking for. Unprotected crawl spaces are also in pretty close proximity to potential food sources (including gardens, trash cans, and compost bins). Pests can also move in and out of crawl spaces without being detected, allowing pests to multiply before you’re able to discover the infestation. What Encapsulation Does to Deter Rodents Encapsulation addresses a number of issues that are often present when it comes to crawl-space infestations: Moisture from nearby groundwater sources infiltrating the crawl space area. Water seeping through cracks in the foundation or porous building materials, including brick. Hot, humid air entering the crawl space through loose doors or vents. Your contractor will address the above issues by creating a comprehensive encapsulation solution for your home’s crawl space. After making sure your crawl space is a good candidate for encapsulation, your contractor will perform the following tasks: Your contractor will seal all possible avenues for rodents and other pests to invade your crawl space. This includes cracks and gaps between doors and walls. Most contractors use foam insulation or caulk to close up these unwanted spaces. Your contractor will separate your crawl space from the ground it sits on through the use of a thick vapor barrier made from high-quality polyethylene. This will prevent moisture from seeping into the crawl space itself. The foundation walls should also be covered with a vapor barrier in addition to moisture-proof insulation. A drainage system will be needed to redirect accumulated water away from the crawl-space area. Your contractor may install a perimeter drain and a sump pump if your home suffers from severe drainage issues. Your contractor may also replace your current crawl-space vents and doors with new ones that offer an airtight seal against outdoor moisture and humidity. Tips for Encapsulating Crawl Spaces Although encapsulation can take care of future crawl-space pest issues, you’ll still need to deal with any ongoing infestations. You should have your contractor lay down traps near areas where suspected rodent activity is taking place. These traps should be continuously inspected and replaced until the pest activity dies down. Afterward, you...

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Is Moss Damaging Your Roof?

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Have you noticed green growth on your roof, probably occurring mostly in the spaces between your shingles? What you’re seeing is probably moss growth. Moss-covered roofs are often depicted in fiction as charming and attractive. Moss can resemble soft green carpeting, and from a distance, it really can look like a decorative addition to a building. However, when the moss is growing on the roof over your head, it’s less of an accessory and more of a nuisance. Take a look at the facts about how moss can damage your roof, and find out what you can do to stop it. What’s Wrong With Moss? It’s easy to view moss as a pretty benign growth, and that’s usually the case when the moss is growing anywhere other than your roof. However, moss is highly absorbent – there’s a reason why it’s used in gardening for mulch – and that means that when it rains, the moss on your roof is grabbing and holding water that should be running into your gutters and away from your roof. You can wind up with water damage in the spots where the moist moss is growing – and that can lead to mold growth underneath the moss, on your ceiling. Mold is a lot less attractive and benign than moss. What’s more, as the moss grows and expands, it can actually begin to push your shingles up and out, loosening them. If the moss growth is allowed to spread unchecked, your roof will eventually need repairs to replace shingles that have been damaged or fallen off entirely. How to Get Rid of The Moss Fortunately, moss isn’t all that difficult to get rid of. Avoid scrubbing at it or using a high-pressure hose to get rid of it – harsh scrubbers and high pressure can easily damage your shingles as well. Instead, mix equal parts bleach and water and spray it into the areas where the moss is growing. This changes the pH balance of your roof to a more alkaline pH, which is deadly to the moss. How To Keep the Moss From Coming Back Once you’ve gotten rid of the moss, the next order of business is to prevent it from growing back. Keeping your roof dry is an important start – moss requires moist conditions to grow, and if your roof is shedding water effectively, it will have less of a chance to grow back. Cut back any branches that are overhanging your roof. When it rains, those branches will drip water and wet leaves onto your roof, keeping it from drying off as quickly as it might otherwise. Also, check to make sure that your gutters are clean and clog-free. Standing water can encourage moss growth. If water can flow through your gutters freely, there’s less chance of having standing water on and around your roof. Once that’s done, you may want to consider installing zinc strips on your roof. These are flat, metal pieces of flashing that you will install in a straight line across the top of the roof, partially overlapped by shingles. Zinc inhibits moss growth. When you install zinc strips at the peak of your roof, the rain drops will hit the strips and carry zinc particles from the strips as they roll down your...

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Choosing Between Single, Double And Triple Pane Windows

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There are plenty of choices on the replacement window market, which makes it tough for the average homeowner to decide which windows are right for their home. Being confronted with a choice between single, double and triple pane windows can be difficult for those who don’t understand the benefits and drawbacks among the three. Fortunately, the following guide can help you decide between these three window types. Single Pane Windows Just as it says on the tin, single pane windows consist of just a single sheet of glass within a window frame. Commonly seen on older homes, single pane windows have largely fallen out of favor with homeowners. Today, most single pane windows in use are relatively small and largely used for historic or decorative purposes. The only upside to single pane glass its low initial cost compared to double and triple pane glass, making it a viable choice for homeowners on a strict budget. However, there are plenty of downsides to single pane windows: Single pane windows have little to no insulating properties against heat or cold, resulting in increased heat loss during the winter and solar heat gain during the summer. These windows also lack the sound-deadening properties of double and triple pane windows. Single pane windows aren’t as energy-efficient as double or triple pane windows, resulting in higher energy costs throughout the year. Double Pane Windows Unlike single pane windows, double pane windows feature two sheets of glass inside of a window frame. Both panes of glass are separated from one another with a spacer, leaving a gap between the two panes. The resulting gap is usually filled with an inert gas, such as argon or krypton, to provide an insulating barrier against heat loss and solar heat gain. It also provides minor insulation against outside noise. There are plenty of upsides associated with double pane windows. For starters, they’re far more energy-efficient than single pane windows, making them an excellent candidate in home renovations involving total window replacement. The gas barrier significantly slows down heat transfer between the indoors and outdoors, resulting in lowered energy consumption for HVAC equipment. Double pane windows are also sturdier than their single pane counterparts. Double pane windows have higher initial purchase and installation costs when compared to single pane windows. These windows may also leak their gas over time, usually at a rate of one percent per year according to InterNACHI. However, double pane windows and other gas-filled window types can remain effective as long as the leakage remains gradual. Fortunately, argon and krypton gas pose no harm to you or others in your home. Triple Pane Windows Instead of using two sheets of glass, triple pane windows feature three sheets, with each sheet separated by spacers. Like double pane windows, the resulting gaps in triple pane windows are also filled with an inert gas for added insulation against heat transfer. Experts note that triple pane windows often have a 30-percent higher U-factor than comparable double pane glass. Having three panes instead of two also offers a minor bump in insulation against outdoor sounds. However, triple pane windows are the most expensive of the three window types. According to Angie’s List, triple pane windows may cost as much as 25 to 30 percent more than their double-paned counterparts. This...

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How To Transform Your Brick Fireplace To Mosaic Tile

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Your fireplace hearth is often the focal point in your living room. So if you don’t like your fireplace, you’re likely not going to enjoy your own home. Brick fireplaces are standard in homes, and they’re quite plain. If you have a brick fireplace that you want to transform into something more elegant, mosaic tile is a beautiful and inexpensive way to go. Mosaic tile is popular for bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes. What many people don’t think about is that you can use it for your fireplace, too. Also, if you want to change up the colors eventually, it’s much easier to replace than stone or brick. Since brick fireplaces are relatively smooth compared to stone fireplaces, you can tile right over it with minimal preparation. Here is the easiest way to transform your brick fireplace into mosaic tile. Materials Needed Drop cloth Pry bar Hammer Wire brush Rags White vinegar Latex-modified thinset cement Flat trowel Notched trowel Large sponge Removing the Mantle Transforming your brick fireplace into mosaic tile is actually quite simple. Put a drop cloth all around the base to keep any mess off of your floor. Then use the pry bar and the hammer to remove the mantle and anything else attached to your fireplace. All you have to do is use the hammer to wedge the pry bar into it and then pry the mantle off. Clean the Brick Once everything is off, you need to clean the brick. Use a wire brush to scrub every inch of the brick. It will dislodge any debris that is on it. Once you have completely scrubbed your fireplace, wipe it down with a rag soaked in vinegar. This will remove the loose debris and scrub off any soot that is on the brick. Prepare the Brick Once the bricks are completely dry, mix the latex-modified thinset cement. It should be about the consistency of mayonnaise. Use a flat trowel and spread the cement over the bricks. Make sure it’s spread evenly and in the grout between the bricks. The goal is the make the surface completely flat. Once the cement is dry, you’ll add one more coat to even it out completely. Allow the cement to dry overnight, and you can start adding tile the following day. Laying the Tile When you’re ready to add the tile, you won’t use mastic like you would with the bathroom or the kitchen. It can’t handle the heat from the fireplace. With a notched trowel, lay another, thin coat of the latex cement and add the mosaic tile. Use two hands to press the tile down against the cement, using even pressure along the entire sheet. Lightly tap the tiles with a hammer to set them in place. It’s best to start at the bottom and work your way up. This way, the bottom layer of tiles can sit against the hearth and not slide down. Once all the tiles are in place, let them sit for a couple hours while the cement cures with the paper still intact on the face of the tiles. Once the cement has set, wet a large sponge and saturate the adhesive paper on the tiles. Once the paper is fully saturated, slowly peel the paper off from the corner. Finishing the Job...

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4 Bedroom Upgrades Inspired By The Classic Cartoon “Hey Arnold”

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Older Nickelodeon fans likely spent a lot of the 1990s enjoying their classic cartoon Hey Arnold!. Along with the adventures of Arnold and his friends, one of the more fun highlights of the show was Arnold’s upgraded bedroom. Even with today’s technology, the bedroom holds up as a modern design with a number of fun features. As you plan to upgrade your own room or the room of a child, you can implement four different upgrades that are similar to Arnold’s. By working with contractors and electricians, you can make these room upgrades become a reality and really create a fun bedroom area. Built-In Automated Wall Beds After a day of roaming around the city of Hillwood, Arnold would often go to his room and have furniture pop out of the walls with just the push of a button. Create that same fun experience with the installation of automated wall beds. An electrician can help wire a bed into your wall. When the bed is not in use, it can fold up and be placed flush with the wall. This gives you plenty of space to lounge, exercise, or invite friends over. When it’s time to use the bed, the area can be activated using a remote control or with the push or a wall button. Springs and shocks will slowly move the bed down so that it folds out and gently falls into place. Wall Speakers Arnold often enjoyed loud music through a sound system that included speakers built directly into a wall. An electrician can install permanent speakers into the ceiling and walls of your bedroom to create a dynamic surround sound experience. By wiring the speakers through the walls, you can eliminate clutter and the need for recharging batteries often found in wireless speakers. The wires can connect directly to the rooms music system. It can also connect to a television so you have great sound options when enjoying television shows and movies. The speaker placement can really enhance the atmosphere of the room and make a big difference on sound quality. Automated Skylights The room in Arnold’s boarding house was located on the top floor. This meant that he got a view of the outside world through a large skylight installation. You can add some natural light to your room by having a skylight installed. This is not only a great way to add views of the sky, but you can also reduce electricity consumption by enjoying the natural light. Along with the installation of a skylight, an electrician can install automated skylight shades. With the use of a remote or connected app, you can easily close off the skylight to help darken the room when you are sleeping or trying to eliminate glare off a computer or television screen. TV Lift Systems It seemed like Arnold had everything in his room hidden in walls or tucked away. Create the same clutter-free experience with the installation of a TV lift system. Instead of just having the TV left out in the open, you can hide it away when it’s not in use. A TV lift system can be installed inside of its own entertainment center or installed inside of a wall. Cabinet doors and mechanical parts work together to lift or push the TV out...

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5 Benefits Of Installing A Smart Garage Door Opener

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Garage doors are a huge vulnerability to your home, but they don’t have to be. Just like securing your front door, you should secure your garage door, and a smart garage door opener lets you do that with ease. If you are interested in advanced garage door security, check out these five benefits of installing a smart garage door. A Monitor Lets You Know if the Door Is Closed Have you ever been lying in bed or relaxing on the couch after a busy day and suddenly wondered if you remembered to shut the garage door after you were finished putting something away? The answer is probably yes. With a standard garaged door opener, you’d have to get up and go check, but smart garage door openers come with monitors that you can install inside your house, such as next to your bed or couch. You can easily check the monitor to see if you did close the garage door, so you don’t have to get up unless you need to. The Door Can Automatically Close if Left Open Of course, if you have a smart garage door, you might not even have to get up if you do realize you left it open. This is because another feature of smart garage doors is automatic closing. You can set the system so the door closes after a specific time, such as 30 minutes. This is also extremely useful if you actually left your house and aren’t sure if you closed the garage door. Instead of having to turn around and drive back home, you can trust that your garage door will shut on its own. You Can Use Your Smartphone to Control Your Garage Door The benefits don’t end there, however, because smart garage doors also allow you to interact with them via smartphone apps. Imagine you did leave your garage door open and then left for work. You may not want to wait until your garage door automatically closes, especially if the timer is set for a long time. Instead of waiting, simply pull up your app and close the garage door with a touch of a button. You can also use the device to open the garage door from afar if needed. For example, if your child gets locked out, you can open the garage for them, and thanks to alerts, you’ll know if someone opens the garage door themselves. You Can Schedule Opening/Closing Times Another feature many smart garage doors have is scheduled opening/closing times. You can schedule your garage door to open at a specific time and then close at another. This can be useful for many reasons. If your garage door is the main entry for your home, you may want the door open most of the day. Also, if you are out of town and having someone feed your pets or get your mail, you can have the garage door open for them at a specific time, so they don’t have to bother you to do it via smartphone. There Are Many Options When it comes to buying a smart garage door opener, you have some comparison shopping to do to find the perfect solution to your garage door needs. There are many different types, and they all come with their own special...

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Renting Construction Fencing For The First Time? Get Answers To The Questions You May Have

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If you have just opened up your own construction business, or are completing your own construction project on your own land, you may be thinking about renting construction fencing for the first time. However, since you have never done this before, you may have many questions about it. Getting answers to the questions you have will help you better to understand the importance of renting the fencing, what factors to consider, and what fencing type is ideal for your construction project. Here are a few of the questions you may have when you rent construction fencing for the first time. What Are the Benefits to Construction Fencing? One of the questions you may be wondering is what the benefits are to setting up construction fencing. Construction fencing serves many purposes around a construction job site. Depending on the type of fencing you select, you may be able to keep people out of the job site, which reduces the chances of your materials being stolen or your project be vandalized. You can control the amount of dust that leaves your construction site with dust screens. Some cities and counties require dust control if you are working in a residential or populated area because dust being stirred up from construction sites can reduce air quality and sit on homes and cars. Construction fencing can also keep the public safe. It helps prevent children from entering and playing in the hazardous area and prevents pedestrians who may not be paying attention from entering an unsafe area. What Factors Need to Be Considered When Renting Construction Fencing? If you have never rented construction fencing before, you may not realize just how many factors there are to consider. Construction fencing comes in a wide array of metal gauges, heights, types and there are also different features you can select. Learning about what factors you need to consider will help you select the fencing that makes the most sense for your project. Some of the factors you need to consider include: Metal type and gauge Construction fencing is made from different types of metal, including aluminum and steel. The metal gauge refers to the thickness of the metal. The lower the metal gauge, the thicker the metal is. The type of metal, and its gauge, play a role in how sturdy the fence is during wind gusts and how easy it is for someone to cut or break into. Add-ons Another factor to consider when selecting a construction fence is what type of add-ons you may need. You may need privacy slats, dust control screens, gates that allow cars through or even barbed wire on the top to ensure people don’t hop the fence. Delivery and Set-Up When selecting a rental company, you need to pay attention to the price you are being quoted. But it is also important to consider how they handle delivery and set-up. Some rental companies will deliver the fence to you and set it up, while other companies require you to pick up the fence and/or set it up yourself. Ultimately, you have to decide whether or not it is worth the savings to pick up and set up a fence yourself or whether you’d like the company to do it for you. However, this is something you should consider...

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Swinging French Patio Doors Don’t Have To Be Dangerous: Four Ways To Make Them Safe For Kids

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With their large panels of glass and floor-to-ceiling design, swinging French patio doors let the light shine in while also granting you a view of your patio from the indoors. Unfortunately, many parents are concerned that these doors aren’t safe for kids. They worry their kids may throw a toy through the glass and become injured, or push the doors open and wander outdoors. Parents are also concerned about thieves and other criminals breaking in through the swinging French patio doors — which seem less secure than doors made from heavy wood or metal — and causing harm to their children. Yet, French patio doors don’t have to pose a risk to your kids. With the tips below, you can make them safe. Choose a design with one “fixed” door. Standard, swinging French doors in which both doors can be opened are notably insecure. Since there is no door jamb (the doors come together in the center and lock together), it is quite easy for someone to kick the doors in and gain access to your little ones. Luckily, door manufacturers have created a solution for this problem: French doors where only one swings, and the other door is actually stationary. This design makes it much harder for a burglar to kick the doors in. The stationary door can actually serve as a full-fledged door jamb; it just looks like a door. Cover your glass in shatter-proof film. If your child tosses a toy into a standard glass window, it may shatter and produce sharp pieces that could cut him or her. You can prevent such issues by applying shatter-resistant film to the windows in your French doors. This product is sold at many home improvement stores. It comes in big rolls; you just measure it to the size of the window, cut it out, and stick it on. When glass that has been covered with shatter resistant coating is struck, all of the resulting pieces stay stuck to the film rather than scattering all over the floor. Yes, your child may still cut themselves if they run their fingers over the window after it has cracked — but chances are good that you’ll hear the cracking noise and come running before your child has a chance to touch the glass. Shatterproof film also makes it a lot harder for a criminal to break in through the glass. Make sure the doors open inward. French patio doors can be difficult to latch. Some parents worry that if they don’t latch the doors properly, their child may lean against the door, causing it to open outwards and give them access to the great outdoors. By mounting your doors so that they open inward, you can thwart this issue. Install a safety latch near the top of the door. When your child reaches the age at which he or she is able to open doorknobs, you may worry about him or her escaping through the doors and onto the patio. (This is why so many parents choose sliding doors instead of push-open ones.) However, if you have your heart set on swinging French doors, you can have them — as long as you install a safety latch. This is a simple, lever-like latch that folds over the door and does not...

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2 Ways You Might Be Unintentionally Damaging Your Garage Door

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Because garage doors serve a mainly utilitarian purpose, most homeowners don’t give them a second thought until that system grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, a garage door that it stuck open or closed might make it difficult to keep your home secure, escape rain or snow, or keep your nosy neighbors away from your impressive tool collection. Fortunately, you might be able to avoid sudden garage door failures by knowing which practices to avoid. Here are two ways you might be unintentionally damaging your garage door, and how to change your ways: 1: Using The Wrong Type of Roller Lubricant If you notice that your garage door seems squeaky one day, you might be tempted to lube up those rollers by adding a little industrial lubricant. After all, since you have a tube of engine lubricant handy from your last automotive project, you might assume that it will work for your garage door rollers. Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that most household-type oils or silicone-based lubricants aren’t designed for garage doors, and they can actually gum up your system in the long run. For example, some of these lubricants can actually attract dirt and dust, leaving you with grimy, difficult-to-clean rollers and tracks later. Also, since your garage door rollers need traction as they move up and down your tracks, lubricating your rollers the wrong way could leave you with a garage door that is incapable of moving smoothly. Instead of being able to travel up and down your tracks, it might slip and fall in some spaces, while struggling to rotate freely in others. To avoid these types of track and roller issues, only use a lubricant designed for garage door repairs. Also, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for application and usage. If you don’t feel comfortable adding oil or lubricant to your garage door, contact a garage door repair contractor instead. In addition to properly lubricating your system, they can inspect your tracks and rollers for damage and replace any broken parts.  2: Ignoring Sprinkler Overspray You want your lawn to be lush, green, and beautiful, which is why you might not bat an eye when your sprinklers spray a little too much water, even around your garage door. After all, since the majority of that moisture will hit your closed garage door and funnel down to the ground, how much harm could it possibly do? In addition to potentially corroding the hinges that hold your garage door panels together, sprinkler overspray can also spell trouble for your garage door opener’s electronic controls. Your garage door works in tandem with delicate sensors and eye beams that are situated alongside the door. Some doors even contain edge sensors, which are located on the underside lip of the door where it meets the ground. While these sensors are designed to handle normal wear and tear, they might not be designed to handle the constant overspray from your daily watering cycle.   To make matters worse, electronic corrosion doesn’t always show up right away. Because corrosion is a chemical reaction that breaks down materials gradually, you might experience issues with your garage door or sensors a few hours after they were exposed to water or it might seem fine for years. Also, since water can eventually make its way...

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Tips To Help You Install A Concrete Retaining Wall In Your Yard

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If you have a sloped section of earth in your yard that needs support from a retaining wall, you can do much of the work yourself. An engineer can help you plan for any necessary rebar installation, then you can pump the concrete yourself or hire it out. Here are instruction to help you do much of this retaining wall project yourself.  Prepare to Build the Retaining Wall  Before you begin to dig a trench for the base of your retaining wall, you may first need to check with your local building department to see if you need a permit to build the wall. Depending upon the height of the wall and the amount of soil the wall is going to be holding back, you may need to have a permit with approval from a structural engineer on your plans to make sure your retaining wall is going to be sound. Your local building inspector will also tell you any specific rebar requirements for your retaining wall.  Excavate for Your Wall Footings Next, find out the depth of your area’s frost line by asking your local building inspector before you dig the footing trench. The frost line is the depth that moisture in your area’s soil will freeze during the winter. For example, the frost line in Minnesota is a maximum depth of 60 inches, but in several southern states the frost line maximum is only 40 inches. You will need to dig the trench just below your area’s frost line because freezing soil under your retaining wall’s footings can cause damage to the foundation of the wall. This can lead to your wall moving within the soil and damage in the base of the concrete wall.  Now you can begin to dig a trench for your retaining wall to a depth below your area’s frost line. The width of the trench will need to be as wide as your retaining wall, and the soil walls of the trench will create the forms for your footing.  Build the Forms Measure and cut plywood forms to reach from the top of the trench to three and a half inches above where the top of your wall with end. Use a paint brush to apply motor oil over the inside surface of the plywood forms. This will prevent the concrete from sticking to the plywood forms after the concrete has cured. If your retaining wall requires rebar for strength, install the rebar at this point. Screw in place two-by-fours as form supports every 24 inches on the outside of the forms to hold the forms in place. The form supports should reach all the way to the top of the forms. Attach plywood end pieces also coated in motor oil to cap off the ends of the forms. Then, attach two-by-four spacers using wood screws every 24 inches along the top-inside of the forms. The spacers should be cut to the same measurement as your wall’s width and will hold the forms in place. Pound wooden stakes into the ground on the outside of the form supports, next to each two-by-four. Connect the stakes to the form supports with wood screws. Pump the Concrete Pumping the concrete into your retaining wall forms will give you the ability to deliver the concrete into hard-to-reach areas. You can fill your forms with...

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