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  • Squirrels and Cedar Siding

    We installed untreated cedar shingles on the exterior walls of a vacation home in central Maryland. Now the owners are complaining that squirrels are eating the new siding. And the squirrels really are eating it - they're not just trying to get inside the house. Is there anything we can apply to...

  • On the Job

    Supporting an overhanging counter; quick tray ceiling; upside-down beam

  • Installing Exterior Insulation in Cold Climates

    Airtight construction and a thick layer of exterior foam save energy and reduce the risk of rot and mold.

  • Restoring an Old Barn

    Carefully shoring the entire structure allowed it to be repaired one section at a time.

  • Pressure-Treated Wood: The Next Generation

    Today’s treated-lumber producers promise good protection with less corrosion, but the jury is out on long-term performance.

  • Fire-Safe Decking

    Does anyone make a fireproof deck board?

  • Recycled Form Boards?

    Can concrete form boards be reused for framing, or does exposure to concrete weaken framing lumber?

  • Composite Decking Update

    Forget “no maintenance”: These products require periodic cleaning and upkeep to prevent mold stains.

  • Treated Wood: Rough Contact

  • Beating Wood Rot

    Use borate-based wood preservatives to stop decay and epoxy to repair the damage.