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  • Wood-Steel Composite Beam?

    We're considering through-bolting LVL lumber to both sides of a steel I-beam. We'd install the resulting composite beam flush at midspan in an existing floor system, with the LVL providing convenient nailing for joist hangers. Can we assume that the combined load-bearing values for LVL and steel...

  • A Durable Truck Rack

    I navigated the first decade of my carpentry career without a lumber rack.

  • Reconnx Nail Kicker V20 Nail Remover

    The Nail Kicker V20 by Reconnx removes nails from lumber.

  • Architect-Builder Uses Natural Tree Forms

    Architect Roald Gundersen and his team at Whole Tree Architecture and Construction are all for putting small-diameter trees — the “weeds” of the forest — to practical use.

  • OSB Subfloor Over Decking?

    Q: We're building a four-season addition over an existing raised deck framed with PT lumber. Is it okay to install OSB subfloor sheathing directly over the wood decking, or should the decking be removed first?

  • A Shop-Built Conical Roof

    Truss-style construction simplified the framing of this serpentine roofline.

  • Framing Hardware Dos and Don'ts

    Prevent structural problems and failed inspections by avoiding these common installation errors.

  • Retrofitting Exterior Insulation

    Adding rigid foam to the outside of the shell dramatically increases R-value while reducing thermal conduction.

  • Roofing With Cedar Shingles

    For a long-lasting roof, stick with the best shingle grades and use a ventilating underlayment.

  • Manufactured Deck Railings

    These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.