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  • 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.

  • Letters

    Radon check; backfill pressure; Spanish lessons; mold precautions; source for rising hinges; more

  • On the Job: Simple Panel Wainscot

  • On the Job: Simple Panel Wainscot

    Simple panel wainscot

  • Retrofitting an Engineered Shear Panel

    Prefab panels made it possible to open up the floor plan by removing part of an interior shear wall.

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  • Building a Glazed Cupola

    This simple rooftop unit was built in the shop and lifted into place with a crane.