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  • 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.

     
  • Rebuilding a Church on a Higher Plane

    Builders give a hurricane-devastated structure a lift with concrete, steel, and SIPs.

     
  • A New Interior for an Antique House

    Addressing structural issues first made the interior finish work easier.

     
  • Toxin-Free Modified Wood Resists Insects and Microorganisms

    Titan Wood Limited’s Accoya pine lumber has been treated with a concentrated form of vinegar in a process called acetylation, which makes it inedible to insects and rot-causing microorganisms without adding toxins.

     
  • Maine Builder Sees a Strong Year Ahead

     
  • Wrong-Side Housewrap

    While preparing for an extensive remodeling project, we discovered that the housewrap was installed underneath the exterior 7/16-inch plywood rather than on top. According to the scope of work, we are supposed to install 1/2-inch foam board with taped seams over the entire exterior. Will the...

     
  • Amana Tool Carbide Wood Flooring Router Bit Sets

    Carbide Wood Flooring Router Bit Sets let you mill tongue-and-groove flooring from solid or engineered wood.