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More stories about Joints

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    Building fire-resistive eaves; drywall butt joints and code; making arched panel molding

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    OSB on the roof; drywall butt joints; siding solo

  • Building an Arched Passageway

    This straightforward approach combines basic shop methods with simple site joinery to create an elegant frame-and-panel archway.

  • Taming Butt Joints

    Have to finish your own drywall? You may want to take a look at this tool.

  • Can Heat From a Wood Stove Damage Taped Drywall Joints?

    Q: We've been called back to repair the ceiling of a vacation-home addition we built last year. The 5/8-inch fire-rated drywall ceiling is covered with 14 inches of blown-in insulation. All the tape joints performed well except those within a 6-foot radius above the wood stove; they've lost...

  • Building a Beamed Ceiling

    Prefabricating the paneled sections on the floor speeds installation.

  • Supporting Brick Veneer On Wood Framing

    When you can't support brick veneer on a masonry foundation, code allows you to use steel angles bolted to the framing - with strict limitations.

  • Block-Laying Basics

    Masonry techniques aren't hard to learn and can be valuable on small jobs

  • Do Fiber-Cement Butt Joints Have to Be Caulked?

    Q: The clients on an upcoming project are interested in installing fiber-cement siding, but they're concerned about how the butt joints will look. While they don't expect the tight-fitting seams characteristic of wooden clapboards, they also don't like the look of wide caulked joints. Is there a...

  • Making Long Trim From MDF

    Q. Because it's a lot cheaper than most primed stock, I'd like to use MDF for running trim. But that means I'll have a lot more butt joints, especially if I use 8-foot sheets, which I find to be more manageable on site than 10- or 12-foot sheets, which we can also get. What's a good way to make...