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  • Building a Coffered Ceiling

    A second-generation custom builder describes his system for laying out and installing great-looking coffered ceilings.

  • Q&A: Ice Buildup Problem

    Q. We built a custom home for a client in west Michigan a couple of years ago, and the home has had problems with ice ever since. It's a 1,450-square-foot ranch with cathedral ceilings and many can lights throughout. We used blown fiberglass insulation in the ceiling assemblies. From the beginning...

  • Q&A: Insulating Above a Plank Cathedral Ceiling

    Q: What’s the best way to insulate over an exposed 2x6 tongue-and-groove cathedral ceiling on a log house in Colorado? Some have suggested using SIPs, but others have advised that, because this particular roof is cut up with valleys and dormers, I would lose the labor savings associated with SIPs...

  • Q&A: Cracked Manufactured Stone

    Q: Last spring I completed a house with manufactured stone columns on the porches on both the north and south sides. The columns on the south porch have cracked at the corners (see photos below), while the columns on the north porch are fine. The cracks are only on the two outside corners of each...

  • A Simple Vaulted Ceiling

    Attaching scribed OSB gussets to scissors trusses converts an angled cathedral ceiling to a graceful curve.

  • Tool Test: 1/2-Inch Right-Angle Drills

  • Q&A: Installing Wiring Between Ceiling Strapping

    Q: Here in New England, we usually attach 1x3 strapping to the ceiling joists before installing drywall. At most jobs, I see the electricians stapling the Romex cable to the bottom of the joists, parallel to the 1x3 strapping, so the wiring is about 1/2 i

  • Q&A: Sagging Ceiling Drywall

    Q: When 1/2-inch drywall is installed on ceiling joists spaced 24 inches on-center, will the drywall sag?

  • Q&A: Black Stripes on a Cathedral Ceiling

    Q: I have been asked to determine the cause of black shadow marks on a cathedral ceiling in a new home. The black marks correspond to the bottom sections of the rafters, near where the rafters meet the wall. The black shadows do not resemble stains from water leaks. There is a gas fireplace on one...

  • Q&A: Insulating a Cathedral Ceiling Under Metal Roofing

    Q: I need to insulate a cathedral ceiling that will be finished with tongue-and-groove pine paneling. The house has steel roofing installed over 1x3 purlins. There is no plywood roof sheathing. I’m concerned about possible condensation on the underside of the steel roofing, and I would like to know...