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  • Fastening Metal Roofing

    Could fasteners being driven through the valleys of the metal corrugation be the cause of a leaky roof?

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2014

     
  • Grounding Electrical Boxes

    Is using a grounding screw required when working with metal electrical boxes? And what about grounding when using plastic boxes?

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2014

     
  • Concrete Footings and Soil Moisture

    Does the moisture content of the soil in a footing hole affect how bagged concrete cures?

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2014

     
  • The Best Way to Finish an Exterior Wooden Door

    Exterior doors take a beating from both frequent use and the elements. Here's how to provide a lasting clear finish on an exterior door.

    Journal of Light Construction November 11, 2014

     
  • Panned Bays

    Is it OK to use a joist bay for a return-air plenum in an HVAC system?

    Journal of Light Construction November 11, 2014

     
  • Building Up Deck Posts From 2x6s

    Instead of supporting decks with treated 6x6 posts, is it OK to assemble the support columns using four treated 2x6s?

    Journal of Light Construction October 15, 2014

     
  • Pigtails for Switches?

    Is there any advantage to wiring switches with pigtails?

    Journal of Light Construction October 08, 2014

     
  • Treat or Replace Pet-Stained Subfloor?

    Should subflooring that has been stained with dog urine be torn out and replaced before a new hardwood floor is installed?

    Journal of Light Construction October 08, 2014

     
  • Q&A: Alternative Stair Design

    When building a house with a loft accessed by a code-compliant stair, does a second, unorthodox, stair that leads to the same loft space have to comply with code as well?

    Journal of Light Construction September 15, 2014

     
  • Q&A: Sizing Electrical Boxes

    What are the guidelines for determining box size, and how can you prevent overcrowding?

    Journal of Light Construction September 10, 2014

     
  • Venting a Sewage Ejector Tank

    What is the proper way to vent a system that uses a sewage ejector tank?

    Journal of Light Construction August 17, 2014

     
  • Creating a Bollard

    What are the engineering requirements for a bollard in a residential garage?

    Journal of Light Construction August 17, 2014

     
  • a. Spans are given in feet and inches. 

b. Table is based on a maximum roof-ceiling dead load of 15 psf. 

c. The header [may] be supported by an approved framing anchor attached to the full-height wall stud [...]in lieu of the required jack stud. 

d. The 20 psf ground snow load condition shall apply only when the roof pitch is 9:12 or greater [...] 

e. Building width is measured perpendicular to the ridge. For widths between those shown, spans [may] be interpolated. 

f. The header shall bear on a min. of one jack stud at each end.

    Q&A: Floor-System-Integrated Headers

    What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system?

    Journal of Light Construction July 14, 2014

     
  • Q&A: Backerboard vs. Plywood as Tile Substrate

    If the plywood subfloor is already in place, what makes a better setting bed for a floor tile installation: backerboard underlayment or plywood underlayment?

    Journal of Light Construction July 14, 2014

     
  • Flashing a Curved Window With Straight Flashing

    How do you flash around a curved window when all you have is straight flashing tape?

    Journal of Light Construction June 16, 2014

     
  • Debarking Red Cedar Logs

    Tips and tools for debarking cedar logs for use as rustic-looking porch posts.

    Journal of Light Construction June 16, 2014

     
  • Q&A: Creating a Non-Combustible Wall Behind a Gas Stove

    What's the best way to create a non-combustible surface behind a gas stove in a living room?

    Journal of Light Construction May 19, 2014

     
  • Q&A: Creating a Walk Out Basement

    How do you protect the footing and foundation from frost in a very cold climate that has a doorway in the foundation for a walk out?

    Journal of Light Construction May 19, 2014

     
  • Ultraviolet Lamps and Improved Air Quality

    Are ultraviolet (UV) lamps in an HVAC system an effective way to disinfect the air and improve air quality?

    Journal of Light Construction April 13, 2014

     
  • Lightening Traditional Mud Flooring

    A reader asks about lightening a traditional floor mud mixture with vermiculite and sand.

    Journal of Light Construction April 13, 2014

     
 
 
 
 
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