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  • Practical Engineering: Load-Tested Deck Ledger Connections

    Virginia Tech researchers report the load test results of four ledger-board-to-band-joist connection details.

  • Building Better Decks

    A Virginia contractor describes the marketing methods and construction details he uses to build good-looking, profitable decks.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Under-counter appliances

    Under-counter appliances

  • Building Screened Porches

    High-quality materials and streamlined production methods enable this Virginia builder to provide distinctive porches at a reasonable price and still make a good profit.

  • Q&A: Cooling Design Temperature

    Q: Some hvac contractors in this area of Virginia size cooling systems using an indoor design temperature of 78ºF. I’m under the impression that a system should be designed for an indoor temperature of 75ºF. Is there a standard interior design temperature

  • Q&A: Drying Out a Damp Crawlspace

    Q: To dry out damp crawlspaces in Virginia, I have had success closing the crawlspace vents and installing a dehumidifier. Are there any other measures I could be taking? What is an appropriate relative humidity level for a crawlspace?

  • Trade Talk: More New Homes Getting Structured Wiring

    Wiring for the future comes to the present

  • Q&A: Attic Ventilation Details

    Q: I am improving the attic ventilation in a 30-year-old two-story house in Virginia. My plan is to install soffit vents and insulation baffles. The attic has gable vents with thermostatically controlled fans. Do I have to install a ridge vent, or are the

  • Letters

    Vo-tech education not enough; knowledge of building science is necessary; fiber-cement dust control; more

  • Q&A: Solid 6x6 Deck Posts vs. Built-Up

    Q: When I need a 6x6 deck post, I usually assemble a built-up column from three 2x6s. Is this kind of post equal in strength to a 6x6?