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Wall Structure

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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.

     
  • A New Interior for an Antique House

    Addressing structural issues first made the interior finish work easier.

     
  • Removing a Structural Chimney

    Two summers ago I received a call from some homeowners who wanted to remodel their kitchen and, as part of the project, remove a brick chimney that ran up through the center of the house.

     
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    Working On a SIPs Roof

    A look at the techniques used to add skylights and thermal solar collectors to a foam-core roof.

     
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    Replacing a Wood Beam With Steel

    The LVL beam had been installed in an earlier remodel to replace structural partitions supporting the second floor. Since Cox knew that a flush steel beam could do the job just as well — but invisibly — he offered to include the swap-out in the contract.

     
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    Mud-Bed Showers

    Floated mortar walls provide a flat, plumb setting bed over irregular wall framing.

     
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    Framing Hardware Dos and Don'ts

    Prevent structural problems and failed inspections by avoiding these common installation errors.

     
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    Products

    Toekick drawers; ductless cooktop exhaust; trimmable truss; low-profile smoke alarm; flexible cement board; light MDF; more

     
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    Drying a Stone Cellar

    Letting the water run through keeps this 200-year-old basement dry.

     
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    Making Space for a Barrel Vault

    Modifying the existing trusses from below saved the cost of rebuilding the roof.

     
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    Framing a 16-Sided Addition

    Accuracy in laying out and building the foundation helped keep the rest of the job on track .

     
  • Mudsills and Out-of-Level Foundations

    Recently we contracted to do a house with precast foundation walls that were set out of level - up to 3/4 inch over 30 feet, in some places. What's the best way to shim and air-seal the mudsill?

     
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    Building a Ceiling Dome

    Traditional plaster finishes off this simple, elegant bit of framing.

     
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    On the Job

    Supporting an overhanging counter; quick tray ceiling; upside-down beam

     
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    Restoring an Old Barn

    Carefully shoring the entire structure allowed it to be repaired one section at a time.

     
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    Products

    All-in-one flashing panel; spray-foam insulation; shower seat; lightweight steel beams; grass driveway mats; push-fit fittings; more

     
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    Replacing a Stone Foundation

    The trick was holding up the roof while leaving plenty of room to work.

     
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    Fire-Blocking Basics

    Understanding the code's intent is the first step toward efficient installation.

     
 
 
 
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