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Other stories by Paul Fisette

  • Successful Sound Control

    Two researchers dampened the noise from an industrial wood shop next to an office. Here are the details they used.

  • Q&A: Vinyl Siding Over Foil-Faced Rigid Foam

    Q. Can vinyl siding be installed directly over foil-faced rigid foam?

  • Q&A: Comparing Cedar Shingle Species

    Q: How do eastern white cedar and western red cedar shingles compare for durability? I’ve heard that red cedar is more durable, but I wonder if the difference is enough to affect the service life of roofing or siding.

  • Resources: Building With SIPs

    Building with SIPs

  • Q&A: Vinyl Siding Over Fan-Fold Foam

    Q: Before installing vinyl siding over existing wood siding, we first install a layer of fan-fold foam insulation. Is the fan-fold foam an adequate weather-resistive barrier?

  • Q&A: Is a Vapor Barrier Necessary?

    Q: Since we always carefully install housewrap on our buildings, paying attention to the details, is it necessary to install a poly vapor barrier under the drywall?

  • Q&A: Underlayment for Resilient Flooring

    Q: Should underlayment for resilient tile be installed perpendicular to the joists, like the subfloor, or parallel to the joists?

  • Q&A: Finishing Basement Walls

    Q: To finish an existing basement, I will be installing 2x4 walls around the perimeter. Should I install some type of waterproofing to the concrete walls? Can the 2x4 walls touch the concrete, or should I leave an air space?

  • Q&A: Fastening Studs With Screws

    Q: On a remodel job, I used screws to fasten studs and blocking in a non-bearing partition. An inspector told me that only nails, not screws, could be used in this application. Is this correct?

  • Saving Trees During Construction

    Stripping trees from a lot before building may seem practical, but saving them can pay larger dividends. This article explains how to watch out for what you can’t see — the roots.