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Performance Measurement

  • Next - A Snap-On Addition?

    Jigsaw-puzzle house

     
  • Cash-Out Refis Play Hard to Get

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting tough on cash-out refinancings for multifamily borrowers.

     
  • Fitting Out a Custom Closet

    Adjustable rods and shelving simplify layout and construction.

     
  • Before the Aftermath

    APARTMENT FINANCE TODAY'S Multifamily Disaster Survival Guide showcases best practices for apartment owners and developers when it comes to disaster preparedness, including how best to negotiate insurance contracts.

     
  • Soundings

    Engineered Wood in Coastal Environments

     
  • Building Log Homes

    Using a kit with kiln-dried logs reduces shrinkage and results in a tighter shell.

     
  • Gluing a Glulam

    Q: For one of our projects, we need to make a solid wood attachment to a glulam beam that seems to have a special finish on it. Should we use a particular type of glue to make the connection?

     
  • Overdriven Fasteners in ZIP System Sheathing

    Q. When fastening ZIP System sheathing to wall and roof framing with our pneumatic nailers, we've found that it's difficult to keep nail heads from penetrating the applied protective barrier on the face of the panels. Won't these holes compromise the moisture barrier's integrity and lead to...

     
  • Framing Red Flags

    Catch these common framing and sheathing errors and you’ll prevent inspection failures and customer callbacks.

     
  • Credit Standards Tighten

    Fannie Mae is processing deals hand over fist this year even as it makes significant adjustments to its credit standards.

     
  • Turning Monster Posts on a Shop-Built Lathe

    When a local remodeler approached me about reproducing five porch posts for a 140-year-old house in Boulder, Colo., my interest was piqued. Despite the fact that I didn't have a lathe — much less one that could turn 10-foot posts — I took the contract, figuring I could build my own to do the job.

     
  • Writing a Best-Practice Manual

    Using a standardized set of procedures speeds installation and reduces callbacks.

     
  • Fix for Bouncy I-Joists?

    Q: Instead of glue and nails, my framing subcontractor used screws to fasten the sheathing to the I-joists of a new 14-foot-wide addition. While there are no interior walls bearing on the floor system and no excessive notching in the I-joist flanges - and the joists fall well within the APA's...

     
  • Finger-Jointed Studs

    Q: Can finger-jointed studs be used for wall plates and short window and door headers?

     
  • Building a Curved Stairway

    Simple framed walls support the treads and act as forms for bending the rails and stringers.

     
  • New Standards for Green Building

    This spring, a partnership between the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) plans to release a new green building standard, adding to an already dizzying array of green standards confronting affordable housing developers. Here's a list of the most...

     
  • NAED Offers To-Market Best Practices

    Aiming to enhance coordination between manufacturers and distributors when introducing new products to market, the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) has developed a set of best practices, detailed in a white paper, that will help improve and expedite the new product...

     
  • Glued Wall Sheathing

    Q: Is it okay to glue OSB or plywood sheathing to the wall framing before fastening the sheathing with nails? It seems that this would be a simple and cost-effective way to add strength to a wall assembly while reducing air infiltration.

     
  • Defining "Green"

    You probably think that I have been around too long and have seen too many contracts to sign anything containing an important specification that isn't clearly defined. Surely I would never do something as stupid as that, right?

     
  • Letters

    OSB on the roof; drywall butt joints; siding solo

     
 
 
 
 
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