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Wall Structure

  • 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.

     
  • Modifying Roof Trusses

    My client wants to add a 16-inch-wide 4-inch-deep tray ceiling in a room where the drywall ceiling is attached to the bottom chord of roof trusses. To do this, I'd have to cut out and raise the bottom chords of the trusses. Is that possible?

     
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    Fix for Peeling Stucco

    The painted finish on my client's recently purchased stucco house is blistering and peeling, and it's obvious that the traditional three-coat stucco underneath has been patched on several previous occasions (see photo, below). The stucco is applied over wood framing, but as is common in older...

     
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    Custom Modular for the Coast

    Modular designers have shown they can provide upscale packages, but are the homes up to the challenges of coastal construction?

     
  • What Causes Drywall Fasteners to Pop?

    Q: On a recent project, several hundred screw pops showed up on the primed walls and ceilings. About half the boards in the house had to be rescrewed and patched, and all the drywall had to be reprimed. Although it was raining when the drywall was stocked, my drywaller says he did not use any of...

     
 
 
 
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