A secure foundation

Whether you are building a house or building a life, the security of your structure depends on the foundation.

In house building, strict attention to every detail is required, and craftsmanship of a high order is necessary to achieve a satisfactory result. The walls should be solid and strong and provide secure support for the roof, which should be durable and weatherproof. Doors of pleasing design are set up to afford easy access, and windows installed to allow for air and light. Such a structure can be erected to a great variety of designs and can provide lasting comfort and protection to the occupier for many years.

We haven't mentioned one vital component, however— the foundation. It wouldn't make good sense, after all, to start building on a base that is inadequate and subject to sinkage and fracture. How long would the completed structure stand on an unstable foundation? Inevitably it would show signs of weakness, begin to sink and crack—even collapse—when subjected to the stresses and buffeting of the elements.

The firefighter
October 24, 1988

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