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Walls

  • Q&A: Replacing Sheathing Behind Brick Veneer

    Q: My company is in the process of gut rehabbing a house with brick veneer siding. From the interior, we have removed the drywall and wall insulation, exposing 16-gauge steel studs, 24 inches on center. The existing gypsum sheathing is in very poor condit

     
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    Two Simple Curved Walls

    This remodeling contractor used simple techniques and a manufactured curved plate to assemble radiused walls.

     
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    Glass Block Tips & Tricks

    In this article, a veteran glass block contractor explains the details that make for an elegant and trouble-free installation.

     
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    Q&A: Crown Detail Hides Truss Movement

    Q: We all know truss uplift can be a problem at the intersection of ceilings and interior walls. Is there a way to install crown molding so that you don’t see a paint-line reveal when the ceiling moves?

     
  • Q&A: Bleaching Old Cedar Paneling

    Q: I want to lighten the color of 15-year-old cedar paneling that has darkened with age. The wall paneling consists of 3/8x6-inch tongue-and-groove clear cedar installed over 1/2-inch drywall. I took a sample of the interior cedar and experimented with a bleaching method I often use outdoors. I...

     
  • Installing Suspended Ceilings

    Here’s how to lay out and assemble professional-looking dropped ceilings.

     
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    Production Jamb Extensions

    Preassembling window jamb extensions speeds interior trim work and guarantees tighter joints. A finish carpentry contractor describes his system.

     
  • Controlling Moisture in Mixed Climates

    In climates that require both heating and cooling, humidity presents special problems for builders no matter what the season. These wall details will prevent damage to finishes and structural components from interior and exterior moisture.

     
  • Flattening Walls for Paneling

    The quality of framing lumber being what it is, a perfectly flat, plumb wall is a rarity these days. An experienced finish carpenter describes the techniques he uses to create a flat surface before installing paneling and interior trim.

     
  • Practical Engineering: Earthquake Construction

    Seismic construction basics