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Other stories by Henry Spies

  • Q&A: Do Termite Shields Work?

    Q: Will termite shields actually deter the insects from entering a house?

  • Q&A: Preventing Shrinkage in Headers

    Q: Before closing in the walls on a recent job, we noticed that a 3/16-inch gap had opened up between the jack stud and the header. Is this much shrinkage normal? How can we prevent this?

  • Q&A: Sealing Metal Roofs

    Q: How should metal roof panels be joined in high-wind areas to prevent water infiltration?

  • Q&A: Insulating Tight Crawlspaces

    Q: How can the floor over a 4- to 5-inch crawlspace be insulated?

  • Q&A: Preventing Truss Uplift

    Q: Is there any way to stabilize roof trusses to prevent "truss chord uplift?"

  • Q&A: Rx for Bleeding Siding

    Q: How can pine resins be sealed to stop bleed-through on exterior siding?

  • Q&A: Reviving A Crumbling Plaster Wall

    Q: How can the surface of old, flaking, and crumbling plaster be preserved? Is a thin coat of joint compound acceptable?

  • Q&A: OSB On Roofs

    Q: Does OSB have the same nail-holding ability as plywood? I want to use it as roof sheathing, but I am nervous about blow-offs.

  • Q&A: Painting Asphalt Shingles

    Q: Our clients are unhappy with the color of their roof now that the house has been painted. The asphalt shingles are less than 2 years old and are in very good condition. Is there any way to change the color of the shingles without replacing them?

  • Q&A: Treated Wood Foundations

    Q: Can wood foundations built with pressure-treated wood be framed like conventional frame walls, or does the stud spacing need to be increased? How do you seal the outside to prevent water seepage?