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    Egress window codes, choosing drum traps

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    Spray foam defended, CO detectors

  • Q&A: Wood Trim with Stucco

    Q: We will soon be building a stuccoed Tudor-style home. Standard practice in our area is to fasten the wood trim directly to the sheathing, then apply a three-coat stucco to the areas formed by the applied trim. How can the trim-stucco joint be detailed to prevent water infiltration?

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    Duct cleaning can help, housewrap prevents rot, pneumatic impact wrenches

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    Three-coat vs. one-coat stucco, wiring device needs further testing

  • Q&A: Patching Stucco With Mortar

    Q: We blocked over a couple of basement windows in a stuccoed stone foundation wall. What’s the best way to patch the stucco? Can a simple bagged mortar mix be used to cover the block, or do we need to use stucco?

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    Laying subfloor correctly, receptacle wiring

  • Fireplace Hearth Details

    A mason lays out the basics of hearth construction, from code compliance to placing the concrete.

  • Q&A: Preventing Stucco Cracks

    Q: We often get conflicting information from subs about certain stucco details. Specifically, what’s the best way to avoid cracking? Must the scratch coat cure for 48 hours before applying the brown coat, or can the brown coat go on the same day? How long should the scratch coat cure before the...

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    Controlling city water pressure, fast framer balances speed with technique