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  • Designing With Engineered Wood

    New engineered wood handbook reviewed

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    Building with SIPs

  • Q&A: Clapboard Paint Problems

    Q: The red cedar clapboard siding on a house in the Boston area was not backprimed and has typical moisture-related paint failure. It has been painted five times in 25 years. The house has no interior vapor barrier. I am considering removing the siding and installing new backprimed clapboards over...

  • By Design: Entrance Options

    Design options for the main entrance

  • Letters

    Insulation upgrades, shingles claim leaves no satisfaction, lumber grading, hidden deck fasteners, pullout step stools, drywall clips

  • 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.

  • Notebook

    Profit with deconstruction; lumber prices; cold-weather concrete pours without cracking; straw-bale research results; no more USG EIFS; warm yourself with microwaves; more

  • Exterior Soundproofing That Works

    These details, used in soundproofing programs near the nation’s airports, do a good job of keeping exterior noise out.

  • Products

    Extra-wide entry door; self-stick roofing; circuit breaker finder; roll-out cargo bed for pickups; aluminum columns; ladder rung extender; more

  • Q&A: Covering Up a Brick Fireplace

    Q: I am building an addition that will enclose the back side of an existing brick fireplace, which is now on the exterior of the building. Can 2x4 furring be attached directly to the brick?