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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • Q&A: Various Wall Flashing for Exterior Chimneys

    Q. What's the right way to flash an exterior masonry chimney to the wall of the house?

     
  • Replacing Factory-Built Fireplaces

    When a prefab fireplace wears out, the only solution is to remove it and install a new one. Here are some tips from a specialist.

     
  • Running a Production Trim Business

    An interior trim carpenter whose company specializes in servicing large national builders tells how to produce a high-quality interior finish quickly and efficiently.

     
  • Segmental Block Retaining Walls

    Longer lasting than timber and more user friendly than stone, segmental block retaining walls combine good looks with great structural stability.

     
  • Installing Over-the-Post Handrailing

    Correctly installed over-the-post handrails look great, but there's nothing worse than a botched job. A veteran installer describes the cutting and layout tips that help him create tight joints and smooth curves every time.

     
  • Water-Managed Wall Systems

    No siding is waterproof, and windows can leak. So we need a backup system, and building scientist Joseph Lstiburek has the details.

     
  • Repairing Wooden Fences

    A fence repair specialist explains the basics of a profitable remodeler's niche.

     
  • Retrofitting Basements

    Building restrictions in California are prompting homeowners who want more space to add on underneath the house. A concrete contractor tells how it's done.

     
  • Q&A: Exterior Ceilings

    Q. Patio covers are standard features of nearly every home built in the Phoenix area. Standard construction is wood frame with a drywall ceiling, taped, textured, and painted. Within ten years, the taping and texturing start to separate from the drywall. Retaping and texturing might make it last a...

     
  • A Pop-Top Shed Dormer

    A remodeler describes how he created a dormer by jacking up part of an existing roof instead of building it from scratch.

     
 
 
 
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