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Wall Structure

  • Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair (Subscriber content)

    In building this double winder stair, remodeler Dave Holbrook used modular boxes to stack one tread and riser at a tim.

     
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    Manufactured Shear-Wall Components (Subscriber content)

    For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.

     
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    Resin Studs

    The EcoStud stud and track system is for use in non-load-bearing walls

     
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    More Wall Bracing Options Using OSB

    The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.

     
  • Bracing Walls for Wind: Calculating the Required Length of Bracing (Subscriber content)

    How to calculate the required length of bracing

     
  • Bracing Walls for Wind: Adjustment Factors (Subscriber content)

    Adjustment factors for one- and two-story structures

     
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    Bracing Walls for Wind (Subscriber content)

    You can frame a wall without hiring an engineer -- but plan review may give you brain cramps

     
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    Cutting Holes in Sheathing

    Openings in a braced wall could interrupt the load path

     
  • Slipping In a Structural Ridge (Subscriber content)

    Opening up this ranch's floor plan required removing the center bearing wall and installing a 30-foot ridge beam

     
  • Retrofitting a Steel Header (Subscriber content)

    Installing the two-piece assembly one C-channel at a time made it easier to support the masonry while opening the wall.

     
  • A Practical Prefab Dormer (Subscriber content)

    Building on the ground is faster and safer than framing on the roof.

     
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    Beefing Up Attic Joists for Living Space

    I need to convert an attic to livable space with minimal disruption to first-floor habitation.

     
  • Engineer's Assessment of Tornado-Damaged Homes

    As a structural engineer with the APA/Engineered Wood Association, I perform forensic assessments of single- family homes after hurricanes and tornados.

     
  • Building a Simple Passive House

    In September 2009 I completed a deep energy retrofit on a small house in Point Reyes Station, Calif., some 50 miles north of San Francisco.

     
  • Expanding a Kitchen

    We were wrapping up the latest in a series of renovation projects on a suburban Maryland split-level home when I casually mentioned to the owner that her Thanksgiving family gatherings would be a lot more enjoyable if her small kitchen weren't separated from the dining and living areas by a wall.

     
  • An Energy Retrofit in Stages (Subscriber content)

    I'm a building energy consultant in central Wisconsin. I recently had a chance to perform a major energy retrofit on a modest ranch-style house just south of Lacrosse, Wis.

     
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    Weatherization Skills Competition

    Weatherizing older homes is hard, isolating, and often thankless work.

     
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    Dealing With Creaky Subflooring

    Q: I was asked to look at a job where the homeowners have issues with loud, creaking floors.

     
  • Framing an Elliptical Staircase

    Use a trammel to scribe a perfect pattern.

     
  • Rescuing a Spreading Roof

    A horizontal beam and steel tie rods resist rafter thrust with little disruption to the rest of the structure.

     
 
 
 
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