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  • Long-Lasting Wood Roofs

    Where wind-driven rain is common, wood shingle roofs require extra detailing, both to keep moisture out of the house and to allow the shingles to dry. A coastal builder describes the materials and methods that work for her.

  • Practical Engineering: Resisting Wind Uplift

    Resisting wind uplift at the eaves

  • Window Trim for Thick Walls

    Thick energy-efficient walls call for special treatment of window jambs and trim. Whether the finish is stucco, drywall, or wood, these three builders have developed details that work.

  • Practical Engineering: Framing With a Raised Rafter Plate

    Roof framing with raised rafter plates

  • Letters

    Chimney flashing tips, eco-friendly lumber certification questioned

  • Making Walls Watertight

    Siding sheds water, but it’s not waterproof. A wood construction expert warns against leaks caused by sloppy housewrap and flashing details, and shows how to do it right.

  • Exterior Trim: Design Basics

    Why do some houses look better than others? An architect explains the fundamental principles that distinguish good exterior details from bad ones.

  • Detail: Air-Sealing Truss Floors

    This straightforward technique uses tight-fitting rigid foam to air-seal and insulate truss floor perimeters.

  • Training Lead Carpenters

    A job foreman needs more than good carpentry skills to manage the construction site. Here are the techniques a successful builder uses to find lead carpenters within his own ranks, rather than hiring from outside.

  • Q&A: Insulated Wood Floor Over Concrete

    Q: We are looking for a detail for laying a wood floor over a previously uninsulated slab. What’s the best way to go about this?