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JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.
Washington-state framer, Tim Uhler, has a sound philosophy about his work: Do as little framing as possible off ladders and as much as you can while the wall is on the deck.
For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.
This Q&A answers the question of whether to frame a long span as two simple spans with the joists lapped over a center beam or to use one continuous joist.
Moment frames resist the force of bending or rotation with a rigid connection at the joint between the column and beam. Find out more about how these strategic assemblages can strengthen your structure.
For a perfect fit, pay attention to how the roof will be stacked when calculating lengths and laying out cuts.
Is there any preservative treatment that can be applied in the field to non-treated wood in a flood zone?
Now that there are alternative methods using ripped strips and metal connectors, why are we still cutting birdsmouths in rafters?
The EcoStud stud and track system is for use in non-load-bearing walls
The SDWC structural wood screw fastens trusses and rafters to top plates without hardware
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