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They’ve been an integral part of New York City’s skyline for more than a century: thousands of wooden water tanks, banded with steel and capped by conical plywood roofs, perched alone or in clusters on buildings throughout the borough.
Prevailing-wage rules complicate stimulus weatherization work; condo survives shaketable test; Minnesota requires fall-prevention screens in multi-unit dwellings; more
Fire-sprinkler costs reconsidered; epoxy for wood rot; credit-card commiseration; a vote for country of origin
Wall-mounted heaters; quick disconnect; screws for exotic hardwoods; foil sheathing; flexible ducts; rot-resistant pine; more
Supporting an overhanging counter; quick tray ceiling; upside-down beam
Today’s treated-lumber producers promise good protection with less corrosion, but the jury is out on long-term performance.
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Can concrete form boards be reused for framing, or does exposure to concrete weaken framing lumber?
Use borate-based wood preservatives to stop decay and epoxy to repair the damage.
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