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    Whether it comes from green framing lumber or household sources, moisture trapped in wall cavities can cause major headaches. These real-life cases illustrate the expensive consequences of failing to get water out of the walls.

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  • Q&A: Sealing a Foundation Cold Joint

    Q: We are pouring a foundation for a full-basement addition in an area with a high seasonal water table. What is the best way to detail the joint between an existing foundation and the new foundation to prevent water from leaking in?

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  • Layout for Fast Framing

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  • Hybrid Framing With Wood and Steel

    A design/builder describes how his buildings take advantage of the best qualities of wood studs and steel joists.

  • Q&A: Insulated Waterline in Crawlspace

    Q: I currently work in a mountain region where the winter temperatures go well below freezing. Water lines are set 4 feet below grade. In this climate, how would you recommend bringing a water line through a crawlspace and into a house? Code here requires a ventilated crawlspace.

  • Detail: Stealing Space From a Truss Roof

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