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All Foundations & Framing Articles

  • Carpenter's Pencil

    The SharpDraw pencil sharpens itself whenever the tip is drawn along a straightedge.

  • Precast Concrete Footings

    When you don't have time to wait for concrete to set up, try this interlocking stackable precast system from EZ Crete.

  • Simpliframe Interlocking Framing

    Plastic parts snap together quickly to box a basement column.

  • Laminated Framing Lumber (LFL)

    Made from black spruce, LFL engineered lumber reportedly has a better fire rating than LVL.

  • Cable Hold-down

    In addition to its system for resisting shear and uplift loads in framed walls, Quick Tie now offers one for block walls.

  • Lessons in Building Science

    Vapor diffusion gets a lot of air time, but it plays second fiddle to air leakage.

  • Bosch Unveils its Answer to SawStop

    At JLC Live tomorrow, powertool heavyweight, Bosch, will unveil a new jobsite table saw that can't cut-off fingers and doesn't destroy the blade.

  • Makita 18-Volt XT255M 18V LXT Drywall Install Kit

    If you're still plugged into the wall, you might be surprised by how much this cordless drywall router and screw gun improve your productivity.

  • Sealing a South Carolina Crawlspace

    Coastal Connection visits the job site with specialty contractor Energy One America to see a crew install a vapor barrier and perimeter insulation for a conditioned crawlspace.

  • Fast, Accurate, and Attractive Piers

    Square wood forms knocked together from scrap lumber put piers in the right place and at the right height.

  • Deck Ledgers and Water Table Trim

    The 2015 IRC allows a 1-inch-maximum sheathing thickness between the ledger and band joist, but it may be simpler to remove the trim and attach the ledger to the house

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    Air-Sealing Techniques From a Passive House Pro

    Even conventional homes can benefit from advanced methods and materials.

  • March 2015 Letters

    Readers weigh in on how best to provide high-school graduates access to good-paying, higher-skilled jobs in the trades. Also, read about using Diamond Piers, and how retrofitting houses suits one remodeler's appreciation of history.

  • Best-Practice Apron Flashing

    For a more-effective and better-looking result, integrate the exposed apron with the corner flashing using soldered lock seams.

  • Moisture in Fat Walls

    Researchers monitor temperature and moisture in a house for three winters to see whether 12 inches of dense-blown cellulose would work as well as the same thickness of medium-density open-cell spray foam.

  • A Better Way to Coil Electrical Cords

    You do it every day, but are you doing it the best way?

  • How to Double R-Value Without Adding Insulation

    A lesson in building science tells us why attic insulation needs to be as flat and smoothed-out as possible.

  • Concrete Cracks – How To Fix

    Matt Risinger tackles cosmetic repairs to a polished concrete slab, using an epoxy repair to render unsightly cracks nearly invisible.

  • Hanging Drywall Smart

    Don't expect the taper to fix your mistakes.

  • Premium Carpenter Pencils

    These unusual pencils from FastCap and CH Hanson beat the heck out of the junky ones found at most lumberyards.