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  • More Wall Bracing Options Using OSB

    The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.

     
  • Standard Writing Groups Sue In Copyright Claim

    Federal courts have ruled that building codes, once adopted into law, can’t be copyrighted. A new lawsuit will test whether that principle also allows free re-publishing of ASTM standards and similar industry-created consensus-based rules.

     
  • Insulated Lumber

    Trus Joist's TJ Insulated Structural Framing Components make it a little easier to build energy-efficient houses

     
  • Framing a Roof With I-Joists (Subscriber content)

    Tips and tricks for working efficiently with I-joist rafters

     
  • Roof Rules

    Reader feedback on "Roofers Face Flood of New State Laws"

     
  • Precut Framing (Subscriber content)

    Factory-cut engineered joists and rafters can reduce labor costs and job-site waste

     
  • JLC Live To Tackle Coastal Topics

    Educational sessions at the JLC Live conference will cover topics of special interest to coastal builders and remodelers.

     
  • Strengthening an old Roof

    New LVL framing straightens and stiffens an underbuilt timberframe

     
  • Wolf PVC Deckboards

    Wolf has added two tropical-hardwood colors to its PVC Deckboard collection.

     
  • Coated I-Joists

    PKI Engineered I-Joists get their distinctive pink color from a nontoxic coating that the maker says resists fire, repels water, and prevents mold growth.

     
  • Thermal Break for a Cathedral Ceiling

    Q: Is it possible to create a thermal break by fastening a layer of rigid foam to the underside of the joists before hanging the drywall?

     
  • Great Vintage: BR-111 Zinfandel Tigerwood Engineered Wood Flooring

    A rich finish complements the attractive Tigerwood graining of this engineered wood flooring option..

     
  • Burn Notice: LP FlameBlock Fire-Rated OSB

    Meet code in row houses, multifamily dwellings, and other buildings using FlameBlock fire-rated OSB for structural strength and fire protection in one.

     
  • Easy-Driving Nails

    Switch to Paslode’s Engineered Lumber Nails and you can eliminate the tedium of fixing proud nails and pulling bent ones, says the company.

     
  • On the Job

    Sleek but strong handrail; backyard face-lift; easier winders

     
  • Engineer's Assessment of Tornado-Damaged Homes

    As a structural engineer with the APA/Engineered Wood Association, I perform forensic assessments of single- family homes after hurricanes and tornados.

     
  • Q&A: Is Weathered OSB Okay?

    Q: I am siding a building that was framed and roofed two years ago and is sheathed with 15?32-inch OSB. The building paper blew off one of the gable walls, and now the OSB has turned gray and some of the strands are lifting from the surface. Is the OSB st

     
  • Floodproof Subfloor

    Tapered edges help PointSix Flooring go down flat and stay flat even when exposed to severe job-site weather or flooding, says the maker.

     
  • Exterior Trim With Smooth and" Rough-Sawn" Faces

    TruWood Reversible Trim is a composite exterior-grade product manufactured from residual wood fibers using no urea-formaldehyde resins, the maker says.

     
  • Reclaimed Polystyrene Cornice and Crown Moldings

    Outwater says its 100% Recycled Cornice and Crown Mouldings are made entirely from reclaimed polystyrene but match the quality of moldings made from virgin polymers.

     
 
 
 
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