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  • Metal Connectors and Galvanized Coatings

    Can standard galvanized Simpson STHD strap-tie hold-downs be used in contact with ACQ plates and framing? We've been schooled by our local building officials to avoid placing anything but stainless steel or heavy-duty hot-dipped galvanized metal connectors in contact with ACQ lumber, but these...

  • Installing Iron Balusters

    This method is fast and reduces epoxy cleanup.

  • Stainless Steel and Rebar

    Q: Can stainless steel tie wire be used with standard rebar?

  • A Shop-Built Conical Roof

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

  • Products

    Duct and pipe wrap; under-slab gas-blocking membrane; sealant for metal roofs; prepackaged rain screen; see-through window screens; more

  • Best Pipe for Gas Lines?

    Q: In my area, only black iron pipe is allowed for gas lines. Is there a problem with galvanized pipe?

  • Pancake Boxes and Ceiling Fixtures

    Q: To retrofit light fixtures for old plaster ceilings that will be covered with new drywall, I plan to screw 1/2-inch-deep metal pancake boxes into the lathe of the existing ceilings and hang the new drywall around the boxes. But my electrician wants to cut into the ceiling and install deeper...

  • Nail Stains and Mahogany Decking

    Q: The mahogany decking we installed on a house last year has developed some dark staining around the stainless steel nail heads (see photo). The staining is worse on the front porch, which is covered, and not nearly as bad on the back deck, which receives full sun. Whats causing it?

  • Framing With Light-Gauge Steel

    Common in commercial framing, steel studs provide straight and sturdy fire-rated partitions.

  • Dynamic Descent

    Dean/Wolf Architects designs a folded stainless steel staircase for a Manhattan townhouse.