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Other stories by Henry Spies

  • Q&A: Squeakless Floors

    Q: How can I avoid floor squeaks with a wood joist system?

  • Q&A: Flashing a Stucco Chimney

    Q: What is the best way to flash around a wood-frame-and-stucco chimney for asphalt shingle roofs?

  • Q&A: Taking the Twist Out of Wide Pine Flooring

    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&A: Foam Under Floors

    Q: Can I use rigid foam panels sandwiched between subfloor and finish floor to insulate over a crawlspace?

  • Q&A: Leveling Existing Concrete

    Q: We need to level a concrete floor. Is there a way to grind or pulverize the old slab? Are there any other options?

  • Q&A: Forced Air vs. Hydronic Heat

    Q: What are the advantages of hot water heating systems vs. warm air systems?

  • Q&A: Venting a Shed Dormer

    Q: We build a lot of shed dormers that start at the ridge and have a roof pitch of about 3:12. I have never installed a ridge vent because I am concerned that snow will build up and leak through the vent on the dormer side. Now the code inspector insists the roofs must be ventilated. How should we...

  • Q&A: Rx for Bleeding Knots

    Q: What do you recommend for covering knots on exterior wood siding to prevent bleed-through?

  • Q&A: Ice-Proof Gutters

    Q: How should gutters be attached to prevent them from getting ripped off the fascia when ice accumulates during winter?

  • Q&A: Capillary Break at Footing

    Q: I have been told that crushed stone should be placed beneath foundation footings as a capillary break to prevent moisture from migrating up the foundation wall into the basement or crawlspace. Won’t this make the footing settle?