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More stories about Walls

  • Siding With Cedar Shingles

    Install a tight weather barrier, choose top-quality shingles, and use smart production techniques.

  • Rescuing a Spreading Roof

    A horizontal beam and steel tie rods resist rafter thrust with little disruption to the rest of the structure.

  • Recycled-Content, Mold-Resistant Wallboard From Serious Materials

    Serious Materials. Made primarily from post-industrial waste and utilizing a natural drying process that avoids the energy required for calcining and oven-drying used in gypsum products, gypsum-free EcoRock contains 80% recycled material and requires 80% less energy to produce, says the company...

  • Color-Coded Spackling

    DAP DryDex Spackling is a fast-drying product that features a colorful “dry time indicator.”

  • Solving Moisture Mysteries with an Infrared Camera

    Temperature differences between dry and wet spots can provide important clues.

  • A New Interior for an Antique House

    Addressing structural issues first made the interior finish work easier.

  • Retrofitting a Heat-Recovery Ventilator

    The challenges are finding a good place for the unit and installing the ductwork without butchering interior finishes.

  • How Should I Finish an Existing Basement Wall?

    I am about to start a basement remodel project in a cold climate. I plan to apply a waterproofing product to the inside of the basement wall, then stick a sheet of polyethylene directly to the basement wall over the waterproof coating. Once that is in place, I'll frame a 2x4 wood-frame wall on the...

  • Working On a SIPs Roof

    A look at the techniques used to add skylights and thermal solar collectors to a foam-core roof.

  • Removing a Structural Chimney

    Two summers ago I received a call from some homeowners who wanted to remodel their kitchen and, as part of the project, remove a brick chimney that ran up through the center of the house.