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  • Q&A: Using a Single Top Plate

    Q: Our local energy utility recommends framing exterior walls with a single top plate to cut down thermal conduction. We follow the CABO code when we do this, making sure we line up trusses and/or joists directly over the studs. We splice the top plate joints with Simpson TP37 straps for 2x4 walls...

  • Controlling Termites

    Getting rid of excess moisture around the foundation is key to controlling this pesky insect, but it may not always be enough. Shields and chemical treatments are still important backup measures, according to this nationally recognized entomologist and termite expert.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Budget Bay Window for the Kitchen Sink

    Simple bay window for the kitchen sink

  • Q&A: Drop-Ceiling Elevation Change

    Q: Occasionally when we’re hanging a drop ceiling in a commercial building, we encounter a change in ceiling elevation. What’s the easiest way to deal with this transition?

  • Design Rules For Adding On

    Additions don’t have to look like they were just stuck on. An architect tells how to blend new space with existing in ways that make the original structure more attractive.

  • Exterior Trim: Design Basics

    Why do some houses look better than others? An architect explains the fundamental principles that distinguish good exterior details from bad ones.

  • Q&A: Temporary Bearing Support

    Q: We will soon build an addition to a balloon-framed house. This job calls for opening up one exterior bearing wall. We plan to install the beam flush with the ceiling joists so we have a continuous ceiling plane between the old and new structures. What is the best way to temporarily support the...

  • State-of-the-Art Contractor: Magic Act

    Bid Magic estimator

  • Practical Engineering: A Porch Roof Diaphragm

    A porch roof diaphragm for lateral loads

  • Rebar Tips

    Steel reinforcing bar is essential for strong concrete. A foundation contractor explains the fine points of proper sizing, handling, and placement of rebar.