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The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.
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Adjustment factors for one- and two-story structures
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The Smart Baffle is made from corrugated plastic and comes in versions for 16-inch and 24-inch framing
A nasty fall and 21-gauge finish nailers
You can frame a wall without hiring an engineer -- but plan review may give you brain cramps
In tight houses, make sure the frame is dry before closing up the walls
Tips and tricks for working efficiently with I-joist rafters
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