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  • A New Roof Poisons a Family

    Though at first the culprit appeared to be the furnace, it turned out that the roofers triggered the problem.

  • Sealing a South Carolina Crawlspace

    Coastal Connection visits the job site with specialty contractor Energy One America to see a crew install a vapor barrier and perimeter insulation for a conditioned crawlspace.

  • Two Critical Budget Mistakes

    Stay out of trouble by approaching your budget like you would a job estimate.

  • Spite Houses

    Modern building codes and zoning have mostly eliminated the practice of retributive home building, though vindictive paint jobs are apparently still on the street.

  • Fast, Accurate, and Attractive Piers

    Square wood forms knocked together from scrap lumber put piers in the right place and at the right height.

  • Deck Ledgers and Water Table Trim

    The 2015 IRC allows a 1-inch-maximum sheathing thickness between the ledger and band joist, but it may be simpler to remove the trim and attach the ledger to the house

  • Cutting Metal Roofing

    What tool works best?

  • Best-Practice Apron Flashing

    For a more-effective and better-looking result, integrate the exposed apron with the corner flashing using soldered lock seams.

  • Moisture in Fat Walls

    Researchers monitor temperature and moisture in a house for three winters to see whether 12 inches of dense-blown cellulose would work as well as the same thickness of medium-density open-cell spray foam.

  • Sealing Shower Valves

    Whether you're searching for the source of a leak or installing a new shower, pay attention to the escutcheon.