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A few weeks ago a visitor to my AsktheBuilder.com wanted to know about brick foundations. Karen has an ambitious desire to build a small 900-square-foot house by herself. She is well aware of her physical limitations and asked me if it was possible for her to construct the foundation using standard brick. She had tried to lift an 8x8x16-inch concrete block and discovered those were too heavy. She feels she could handle brick. Karen asked me what she needs to know to build a strong brick foundation.

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This inspirational story is based on James’ charity foundation, which motivates children to reach for the stars and “strive for greatness.” This rhyming narrative, with art by Nina Mata, encourages kids to dream big and that they can achieve goals with hard work.

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Tornado recovery requires a lot of coordination to get residents back into the safety and security of their homes. The same is true for the COVID-19 pandemic, columnists Craig Knutson and Teresa Meinders Burkett say.

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This oft-overlooked comedy follows four 20-something London Muslim women who form a punk band. They bicker and have all kinds of life and faith issues, but their devotion to each other adds a touching foundation to the punchlines.

Q: Tim, you helped me years ago, and now I’m back. I’m going to build a freestanding deck at my house during my vacation. After watching lots of online videos, I’m somewhat confused about how to connect the deck posts to the concrete piers. What is the best way? I’m worried about my freestanding deck swaying back and forth. The top of the deck is going to be about 7 feet up in the air. My goal is to have the deck rock solid. What should I do to make this happen? —Ron S., Richmond, Va.

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The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard says growth in improvement and repair expenditures is expected to remain solid throughout the year and into 2022. And building a deck is one of the popular improvements homeowners are making to expand their living space outdoors.

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