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Efficient radiant ceilings
Paneled wall treatments require careful layout and methodical installation. A veteran carpenter and cabinetmaker tells how.
Q: How is wiring accommodated in a house built with stress-skin panels? Is it possible to rout a channel in the panel to retrofit a wire?
Q: Framers in our area typically splice long hip and valley rafters with the scarf joint shown in the illustration. Is this adequate to support the roof load?
Q: I currently work in a mountain region where the winter temperatures go well below freezing. Water lines are set 4 feet below grade. In this climate, how would you recommend bringing a water line through a crawlspace and into a house? Code here requires a ventilated crawlspace.
Q: We build a lot of reproduction Colonial homes and have problems with wide pine flooring shrinking, warping, and splitting. What is the best way to control this?
Q: Can I use rigid foam panels sandwiched between subfloor and finish floor to insulate over a crawlspace?
Q: We need to level a concrete floor. Is there a way to grind or pulverize the old slab? Are there any other options?
In this guided tour of a distribution panel, a master electrician tells how to make sure an electrical system is wired safely and correctly grounded.
A master tilesetter shows how to incorporate glass block into a tiled bath.
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