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Performance Measurement

  • 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.

     
  • Replacement Shutters Made Simpler (Subscriber content)

    Replacement shutters made simpler

     
  • Ainsworth Engineered pointSix Flooring

    With tapered-edge technology, this flooring addresses subfloor edge swell.

     
  • Capping a Chimney Chase

    Q: I have to build a framed chase for a gas fireplace's 6-inch vent pipe. What's the best way to finish the top of the chase? I had planned to use a metal cap, but I've noticed that a lot of these caps tend to be rusted.

     
  • Framing an Elliptical Staircase

    Use a trammel to scribe a perfect pattern.

     
  • Tool Test: Framing Nailers

    Look for a gun that toenails well and can consistently set fasteners in dense material.

     
  • Tiling Over Plywood Subfloors

    For crack-free floors, limit joist deflection and install two layers of 3/4-inch plywood and a thinset membrane.

     
  • Stair-Builder's Tool Kit

    For short cash and a little effort, you’ll save lots of time on your next handrail installation.

     
 
 
 
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