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The Building Construction Process Explained

If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.


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Adding On To Your Home?: Three Construction Equipment Rentals That Help You Get The Job Done

by Edwin Johnston

Whether you are just adding an extra room off of the side of your house, or adding extra space to your basement while adding an entire wing onto your home, you are going to need some construction equipment. If you take the necessary safety precautions (e.g., mark off underground sewer, water, gas and electric lines so you do not dig these up or damage them), then you can perform some of the work on your new addition yourself. To aid you in doing the work on your own and save some money, you can utilize the following three construction equipment rentals.

Backhoes for Excavation

If you are adding on to your basement as well as adding on to the front, side or back of your home, you will need a backhoe. Because they are such large pieces of equipment, they are transported from one location to the next via a flatbed trailer. When you choose to rent a backhoe to start your excavation, you will need a heavy duty pickup with the correct hitch to pull the trailer with the backhoe off the lot and get it back to your property.

Dumpsters and/or Dump Trucks for Dirt and Debris Removal

Even if you place your home's new addition on a concrete slab rather than excavate down and support the addition with an in-ground foundation and basement expansion, you will still need some means of removing debris from your property. You can rent dumpsters to take away home remodeling debris as well as dirt. You can also rent dump trucks for dirt removal, but you will need a commercial driver's license to rent a dump truck. If you do not have a commercial driver's license to rent and operate commercial construction vehicles on your own, you may be able to hire a commercial construction vehicle driver as well.

Cement Mixers

Cement mixers are an absolute must for any home addition. You will need one to pour an entire foundation and basement addition or to pour a concrete slab, depending on which type of foundation you want for your addition. If you have a commercial driver's license and can drive construction trucks, then you can rent a cement truck. If not, then you may have to rent a freestanding cement mixer that mixes smaller batches of concrete. It may take much longer to pour your slab or basement foundation using a freestanding mixer, but it will also be cheaper and easier for you to use (and learn how to use) than a cement truck.