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Other stories by Henry Spies

  • Q&A: Roof Vent Requirements

    Q: By code, how many linear feet of ridge vent is needed per square of roofing?

  • Q&A: Sump for Foundation Drain

    Q: Should an exterior perimeter drain be connected to an interior drain and sump pit?

  • Q&A: Joist Spacing for Ceiling Drywall

    Q: What is the maximum joist spacing for ceiling drywall? Does it matter if the panels are oriented parallel or perpendicular to the joists?

  • Q&A: Termites Love Oak Floors

    Q: We are repairing an oak strip floor. Several boards obviously need to be replaced because of visible termite damage. Is there some way to evaluate the unseen damage to the rest of the floor?

  • Q&A: Shimming Foundation to Leveled Floor

    Q: We are working on an old house that has settled. The house must be jacked up so the floor can be leveled. But this will leave gaps between the joists and sill plates, or between the sill plates and the foundation. Should we raise the sill plates to the joists and shim between the sill and the...

  • Q&A: Ghost Lines on Siding

    Q: There are ghost lines of the wall studs on siding that is coated with a semi-transparent stain. What might be causing this?

  • Q&A: Installing Metal Roofs

    Q: Do you nail metal roof panels through the ridges or in the flats?

  • Q&A: Sealing Exterior Wood Doors

    Q: I’m sealing an exterior wood door. What is the best finish to use?

  • Q&A: Should Deck Posts Go in Ground?

    Q: Can 6x6 pressure-treated deck posts be sunk into the ground or should they be supported on concrete piers?

  • Q&A: Dehumidifying the Air

    Q: Can a dehumidifier be added to a forced-air system? If so, what should a contractor know about specifying this?