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Location: In some areas, building codes require that below-ground swimming pools be at least 10 ft. away from a building foundation.

Glass Block Mortar is a specialty white Type S mortar for glass block projects. Standard gray Type S mortar is also acceptable for glass block projects. Refractory Mortar is a calcium aluminate mortar that does not break down with exposure to high temperatures; it is used for mortaring around firebrick in fireplaces and barbecues. Chemical-set mortar will cure even in wet conditions. To mix mortar, always read and follow the manufacturer’s specifications on the mortar mix package. Estimating & Ordering Materials Whether pouring a small slab or building an elaborate archway, it is important to estimate the dimensions of your project as accurately as possible.

These plans should include scaled plans that will make estimating easier. Once you have developed a materials list, add 10 percent to the estimate for each item. This will help you manage small oversights and allow for waste when cutting. The cost of your project will depend upon which building materials you choose. But because some materials may not be readily available in your area, plan your projects and place orders accordingly. Lumber, stone, manufactured stone, and alternate materials, such as metals and plastics, can vary widely in price.

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