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Siding & Trim

  • 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.

     
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    Letters

    Insulating knee walls; step flashings not the culprit; homeowner safety should come first

     
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    More Shingle Art

    Quacks in the siding aren't always a problem.

     
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    On the Job

    Rough framing and routers; curved wood gutter

     
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    Job-site danger; spray foam in cathedral ceilings; using stainless with ACQ; more

     
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    On the Job

    A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding

     
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    Keeping an Eye on Chimneys

    Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home.

     
  • Gluing Exterior Trim

    Q: When installing stained vertical cedar siding or fascia trim, what type of glue should be used for splices and corners? Some contractors like to dab a little stain on the cut ends of 3-degree splices or on 4-degree corner miters, but is there an exteri

     
  • Repainting Aluminum Siding

    Q: Does faded aluminum siding with a chalklike residue on the surface require any special preparation before repainting?

     
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    Best-Practice Wall Shingles

    A rain screen offers the ultimate defense against water intrusion, provided you get the details right. That's easy enough to do with lap siding but considerably more complex with shingles. Custom home builder and remodeler Mike Guertin, who is accustomed to wind-swept rains in his area of the Ocean...

     
 
 
 
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