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Stiff floor for ceramic tile
Handling heavy loads with site-built trusses
Do balusters meet code?
Q: How much strength does plywood and construction adhesive add to the strength of a built-up header?
Strong railing post attachments
If they’re too small or poorly supported, hip and valley rafters can sag and slip. An engineer walks through the details of proper sizing and support.
Q: Framers in our area typically splice long hip and valley rafters with the scarf joint shown in the illustration. Is this adequate to support the roof load?
Shed dormers are a cost-effective way of adding space to a small house, but if not built right they will cause structural problems. An engineer tells how to avoid the pitfalls.
Cracked, leaning, or bulging retaining walls are a common sight. An engineer tells what causes these problems and how to prevent them.
An engineer who regularly specs flitchplates for residential remodeling projects takes a look at their pros and cons.
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