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Every porch or deck I build starts with level footings and solid, plumb concrete piers - insurance that my projects will stand for many years to come.
A horizontal beam and steel tie rods resist rafter thrust with little disruption to the rest of the structure.
A look at the techniques used to add skylights and thermal solar collectors to a foam-core roof.
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Shims and adhesive lock the parts together into a squeak-free unit.
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Prevent structural problems and failed inspections by avoiding these common installation errors.
A list of companies that offer deck-rail kits, plus links to their products
Common in commercial framing, steel studs provide straight and sturdy fire-rated partitions.
Hardware corrosion from PT lumber; upside-down beam design
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