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More stories about Walls

  • Working With Roxul Insulation

    Choosing insulation for a high-performance home in Northern Vermont requires thought and care. The right choice can make a huge difference in both comfort and cost efficiency.

  • Layout for Tile Floors

    Proper layout doesn’t just mean a good-looking floor; it can save you material and installation time as well.

  • JLC Live Preview: Wall Bracing Hands-On Workshop

    A highlight from the upcoming JLC Live conference and trade show: a hands-on session about how to meet new code requirements for lateral bracing of walls.

  • To Improve the Energy Performance of Walls, Look at Total R-Value

    Today’s builders are learning to mitigate thermal bridging by using alternative framing techniques, continuous exterior rigid foam products, or both.

  • The Case of the Sobbing Siding

    On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof inspection hadn't been nearly thorough enough

  • Replacing a Wooden Gutter

    A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair.

  • New Joists for an Old Floor

    The best remedy for a sagging out-of-level floor is putting in new LVL joists and engineered subfloor.

  • Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

  • Mud Michelangelo

    Bernie Mitchell has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a method of creating remarkably lifelike relief sculptures in drywall mud, many of which ornament the walls of area vacation homes.

  • Building Above-Code Walls

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.