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More stories about Metal

  • 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.

  • Letters

    Using stainless with copper; window-seat safety; hanging loads from beams; the true cost of regulation

  • Building a Cantilevered Stair

    A hidden steel frame allows these wooden stairs to defy gravity.

  • Roofing Under Cover

    According to Colin McGhee, thatched roofs are “a bit of a novelty in the United States.” That perception won’t be diminished by the job he took on this past winter when he and his crew thatched a Maine island retreat.

  • On the Job

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

  • Outdoor/Landscape

  • Letters

    Leak-free chimney; stainless steel screws and copper; subslab vapor-barrier details; credit card warning