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  • Vertical I-Joists?

    Q: When building a super-insulated house, one of the ways to increase insulation levels in the wall assembly is to increase the thickness of the wall. But instead of using double-wall framing, would it be okay to frame walls with I-joists?

  • Framing Red Flags

    Catch these common framing and sheathing errors and you’ll prevent inspection failures and customer callbacks.

  • Framing Flaws

    These common errors could lead to expensive callbacks later on.

  • Snow Loads on Roofs

    Q: I've always thought that building codes leave a pretty generous margin for error when specifying allowances for snow loads, but a series of recent storms and a lot of drifting have resulted in some collapsed roofs in my area. I've seen some roofs with large loads on one side and virtually none...

  • The University of Ontario Institute of Technology

    The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is so young that the number of its alumni just recently surpassed the size of its staff. Located in Oshawa, Ontario—less than an hour's drive northeast of Toronto—the new campus opened its doors in 2003.

  • How to Build a Concrete Canoe

    If you don't know much about boatbuilding, start by welding rebar together to frame the gunwales and keel. Then form the hull with layers of chicken wire, and trowel a stiff 1/2-inch-thick mortar mix onto the mesh.

  • Fixing Cracks in Engineered Flooring

    Q: Last spring, I installed floating engineered flooring over the original vinyl-covered concrete-slab floor of an old New York City apartment. Even though I followed the manufacturer's installation guidelines, the 8-inch-wide planks began to cup, and cracks measuring 1/32 to 1/16 inch opened up...

  • Solving the Uplift Puzzle

    Where the codes once concentrated mostly on verifying that buildings could handle gravity loads, now coastal homes must also resolve the complicated load effects associated with high winds: uplift, shear (or "racking"), sliding, and overturning. Ted Cushman takes a closer look at one kind of...

  • Letters

    Testing spray-foam jobs; ridge beams and collar ties; safety reminder; more

  • Review: Strong, Safe, Foundations

    Faced with an unprecedented coastal reconstruction need post-Katrina, the mitigation arm of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has released FEMA 550, Recommended Residential Construction for the Gulf Coast: Building on Strong and Safe Foundations. This must-have document for coastal building...