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  • Fast Fix for Dark Paneling

    Q: We recently completed the remodel of a 1970s relic complete with dark paneling and shag carpet. In some areas, the homeowner acquiesced and allowed us to apply new 1/2-inch drywall over the old paneling, while in other areas we simply painted over it.

  • Building a Frame-and-Panel Fireplace

    Pocket-screw joinery and specialty moldings transform a site-built mantel into high-end millwork.

  • Fast-Tracking a Pop-Top Addition

    Using wall panels and trusses, framing and roofing took only four days.

  • Letters

    Unvented attics meet code; mystery setup; the joy of SIPs; safety-story feedback; more

  • Products

    Low-Maintenance Railing - Speedy Anchor - Durable Decks - Shelter from the Storm - Faster Fastening - Revolutionary Roof - Synthetic Underlayment - Maximum Opening - Pristine Trim - Competing Compressors

  • Building With Structural Insulated Panels

    SIPs produce a tight, well-insulated shell that takes less labor to construct than an equivalent stick-framed building.

  • Reinforcing Old Framing

    Q: We're remodeling a 1930s vintage San Diego home and have to seismically reinforce its cripple walls with plywood, shear transfer plates, and hold-downs. Because all the framing is very dry and most of the cripples measure only 1 foot to 2 feet in lengt

  • Substituting Synthetic Roof Underlayments for Housewrap

    Q: After stripping the original siding from a 30-year-old house, I'm being asked to re-side with 4x8 and 4x9 fiber-cement panels designed to look like stucco. The installation instructions permit caulking at the vertical joints, but call for Z-flashing at

  • Narrow Shear-Wall Solution

    Q. I'm the project manager for a construction company that's building a series of townhouses. In one of our designs, the garage walls are only 10 inches wide. There isn't any room to expand these walls, but they still need to be reinforced to prevent rack

  • Panelizing Houses

    How one builder uses technology to efficiently produce distinctive custom homes off site.