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Other stories by Christopher%20DeBlois

  • 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?

  • Snow Loads on Roofs

    Q: I've always thought that building codes leave a pretty generous margin for error when specifying allowances for snow loads, but a series of recent storms and a lot of drifting have resulted in some collapsed roofs in my area. I've seen some roofs with large loads on one side and virtually none...

  • Supporting Brick Veneer On Wood Framing

    When you can't support brick veneer on a masonry foundation, code allows you to use steel angles bolted to the framing - with strict limitations.

  • Narrow Shear-Wall Solution

    Q. I'm the project manager for a construction company that's building a series of townhouses. In one of our designs, the garage walls are only 10 inches wide. There isn't any room to expand these walls, but they still need to be reinforced to prevent rack

  • Attaching Deck Ledgers to Engineered Rim Joists

    Q. Attaching Deck Ledgers to Engineered Rim Joists Are ledger lag-bolting schedules that were developed for 2-by rim joists adequate for engineered rims? It seems that lag bolts would be more likely to pull out of a thinner engineered rim than out of a thicker 2-by Doug fir rim joist.

  • Q&A: Bolting a Ledger to Brick Veneer

    Q. What’s the best way to attach a deck ledger board to a wood-framed house with brick veneer?

  • Q&A: Staggered Rafters at Ridge

    Q: I am framing a gable roof with common rafters attached to a 2x12 non-structural ridge board. Must the rafters on either side of the ridge line up, or can they be staggered along the ridge board?

  • Q&A: Reroofing with Heavy Shingles

    Q: I intend to reroof over the original asphalt shingles on a 30-year-old house. I would like to install heavy 40-year architectural-weight asphalt shingles, without stripping the existing shingles. I am a little worried that the new shingles may add too

  • Practical Engineering: Sizing Joists for a Hot Tub

    Sizing deck joists for a hot tub

  • Frequently Asked Framing Questions

    Do you have to double 2x12 trimmer rafters when installing a skylight? Can you remove collar ties in an attic? Just how strong is a toe-nail? We asked four engineers to answer these and other structural questions.