What do you do when an anchor bolt breaks free from the grout?

August 12 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Anchor bolts are extremely important fastener that holds a sill plate to the foundation by being grouted into a CMU.  The entire building is anchored to the foundation with these fasteners.  What happens if the grouted CMU cell cracks or the bolts crack the grout around them during the installation of the mudsill?  Drill a 2" hole near the location of the loose bolt and fill with masonry cement to secure the bolt.  Don't ignore foundation cracks, they can compromise more than just the block!!

Something awesome about concrete

July 8 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Cement is the substance that holds together the other substances used to make concrete, shale and limestone.  Concrete however has a huge carbon footprint causing the release of an enormous amount of CO2.  Concrete is responsible for 7% of greenhouse emissions.  There is good news though.  A new type of cement has been developed that traps the CO2 inside forever.  The advantage to this is that CO2 gives concrete it's strength, so by trapping it inside increases the strength of the concrete.  This new cement also converts the CO2 into a mineral decreasing health concerns.  The construction industry as a whole evolves each day as research continues to move the products themselves forward.

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The Reason for investigation before signing a contract

June 17 / Stacey / Comments (0)

Homeowners are concerned about shifty contractors.  Contractors are concerned about shifty homeowners.  There is unfortunately a lot of both good and bad.  Both parties need to go to great lengths before signing a contract for residential construction projects.  It seems odd, but everyone is at risk.  Call HW ENTERPRISES, INC. for the peace of mind that we offer and expertise that cannot be beat.  Call 757-595-4562 today for your free estimate.  You will see the difference between a great residential building contractor and bad.