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More stories about Walls

  • 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.

  • Products

    Garage doors; heat-reflecting shingles; hurricane-resistant glass walls; clay plaster; decking with drainage; roof wrap; pergolas; more

  • Replacing a Wood Beam With Steel

    The LVL beam had been installed in an earlier remodel to replace structural partitions supporting the second floor. Since Cox knew that a flush steel beam could do the job just as well — but invisibly — he offered to include the swap-out in the contract.

  • Products

    Heat-recovering drainpipe; garage-door openers; extra-smooth nails; trench drain; treated glulams; garage storage; basement bulkheads; extra-long sheathing; more

  • Norbord OSB Panels

    TallWall lets you sheathe today’s taller walls without creating horizontal seams.

  • Mud-Bed Showers

    Floated mortar walls provide a flat, plumb setting bed over irregular wall framing.

  • Framing Hardware Dos and Don'ts

    Prevent structural problems and failed inspections by avoiding these common installation errors.

  • Letters

    Coordination between subs; barrier-free showers vs. code; don’t ventilate crawlspace with moist outdoor air; code article misses the boat; more

  • Specifying Drywall Finishes

    A Level 5 finish may prevent callbacks in areas of high visibility, but it's not always necessary.