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A builder on Martha's Vineyard used this cottage for himself and his family to learn the process of building a certified passive house.

Building a Passive House for the First Time

Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by building his own passive house in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

a. Spans are given in feet and inches. 

b. Table is based on a maximum roof-ceiling dead load of 15 psf. 

c. The header [may] be supported by an approved framing anchor attached to the full-height wall stud [...]in lieu of the required jack stud. 

d. The 20 psf ground snow load condition shall apply only when the roof pitch is 9:12 or greater [...] 

e. Building width is measured perpendicular to the ridge. For widths between those shown, spans [may] be interpolated. 

f. The header shall bear on a min. of one jack stud at each end.

Q&A: Floor-System-Integrated Headers

What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system?

Hardware on European windows allow them to tilt in for ventilation.

A Look Through European Windows

A behind-the-scenes look at the materials and methods used in making high-performance tilt-and-turn windows.

 
 
 

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  • Level-5 Drywall Finish vs. Veneer Plaster

    Myron FerguI explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat.

     
  • Landings for Deck Stairs

    Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck

     
  • In frozen ground, a pile can be driven normally after the ground is warmed using a proprietary heating rod.

    Helical Pile Foundations

    Contractors weigh in on the advantages of helical piles over concrete tubes,in this thread from 2012.

     
  • Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths

    Presoaked cloths simplify small staining jobs

     
  • Tapco InSpire Aledora Roofing Tiles

    They look like slate but weigh a lot less

     
  • Replacing a Wooden Gutter (Subscriber content)

    A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair.

     
  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings (Subscriber content)

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

     
  • Soldering Seams (Subscriber content)

    Regardless of the iron or tip used, soldering requires some prep work. Make sure that the tip is clean and that the four facets are flat and meet at a sharp point.

     
  • How to Power Sand Crown Molding and Custom Trim Prep

    No sanders that we had looked at could tackle custom profiles effectively because their shapes simply could not conform to the trim stock.

     
  • Mesquite Hardwood Floors

    The most common choice for hardwoods in the houses I build has been white oak, so when I found out the architect had specified Mesquite, I knew I needed to video the process.

     
  • Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil Made Tolerable

    At times, power sanding is impractical and we need high level manual options for small scale sanding.

     
  • The ‘Wicked Yellow Barn’: A renovation for the aged!

    My New Year’s resolution for 2014 — besides writing a blog entry every week — is to finish the studio/gallery in my barn in time for Spring.

     
  • Elevating Houses (Subscriber content)

    From financing to compacting fresh fill, we take an in-depth look at elevating a home.

     
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    Dressing up Porch Posts With PVC (Subscriber content)

    Pre-fabrication on the work bench makes wrapping porch posts with PVC trim fast and easy.

     
  • Better Results With Vinyl (Subscriber content)

    A guide to best practices for product selection, installation, and repair of vinyl siding. How to identify better-quality products, and minimize problems by using sound installation and repair techniques.

     
  • An Efficient Box Truck Build-Out (Subscriber content)

    An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even double as a portable workplace.

     
  • At wide spots in the trench, the foam is poured to a consistent thickness against a sheet of OSB.

    Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

     
  • Measuring Up

    When Milwaukee rolled out its 25-foot model 48-22-5125 magnetic tape measure last summer, most of us bought one to see if it would be a good fit. So far, we think it’s great.

     
  • On Site With Liquid Flash (Subscriber content)

    We try out Huber's Zip System Liquid Flash on a few windows that we were installing, as well as on pipe penetrations, to see how it performs.

     
  • ODL Energy-Star Qualified Tubular Skylight

    With 98% reflective mirror interiors, ODL claims that these skylights deliver 25% more light than the company's standard model.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking