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Wall Structure

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    Innovative Products 2008

    Our annual pick of products designed to help you work smarter, faster, and better.

     
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    Stretching the Span With Steel

    T-shaped beams fabricated from a standard I-beam help uncramp a basement space.

     
  • Finger-Jointed Studs

    Q: Can finger-jointed studs be used for wall plates and short window and door headers?

     
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    Building a Curved Stairway

    Simple framed walls support the treads and act as forms for bending the rails and stringers.

     
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    Framing Flaws

    These common errors could lead to expensive callbacks later on.

     
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    Dressing Up a Truss Roof

    Rafter tails and gable overhangs transform an otherwise plain-looking exterior.

     
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    Building a SIPs Roof

    Complex roofs with hips and dormers can be assembled quickly using these energy-efficient panels.

     
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    Faster Wall Framing

    By breaking the work into simple tasks, three men get one job done as quickly as possible.

     
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    Fine-Tuning the Frame for Finish

    Inspecting the frame before drywall ensures the trim will look its best, and can save a bundle in repairs.

     
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    Hurricane-Resistant Concrete Homes

    Following the 2004 hurricane season, Florida-based Mercedes Homes paired up with researchers at the DOE's Building America program to design and build a truly hurricane-resistant home. But as researchers and builders have come to understand only too well, a home that provides complete protection...

     
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    Framing a Dutch Gable

    This method uses calculations and layout shortcuts to speed production.

     
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    On the Job

    Rough framing and routers; curved wood gutter

     
  • A Quick Fix for Squeaky Floors?

    Q. When a floor is covered by wall-to-wall carpeting, is it possible to fix squeaks without taking up the rug to get to the subfloor?

     
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    Plumbing and Straightening Walls

    This quick, accurate method prevents problems with the framing and finishes that follow.

     
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    Toolbox

    PLS90E 90-degree layout laser; knives; heavy equipment

     
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    Unnecessary roof venting; dangers of thin plywood paneling; no freebies; more

     
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    On the Job

    Wainscoting for wavy walls; homemade dispensers

     
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    Letters

    Testing spray-foam jobs; ridge beams and collar ties; safety reminder; more

     
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    Getting Organized for Fast Framing

    Buy the right tools, make sure material's there when you need it, and break the job down into simple tasks.

     
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    Building a Beamed Ceiling

    Prefabricating the paneled sections on the floor speeds installation.

     
 
 
 
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