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  • Deck Ledgers and Water Table Trim

    The 2015 IRC allows a 1-inch-maximum sheathing thickness between the ledger and band joist, but it may be simpler to remove the trim and attach the ledger to the house

    Journal of Light Construction March 09, 2015

     
  • Cutting Metal Roofing

    What tool works best?

    Journal of Light Construction March 09, 2015

     
  • Calculating Attic Ventilation

    Code requirements are based on attic square footage, but it's important to also consider volume.

    Journal of Light Construction February 17, 2015

     
  • Keeping Air Tools Going in Winter

    A few tips will help your pneumatics work better in the cold.

    Journal of Light Construction February 17, 2015

     
  • Weather Resistive Barrier Behind Brick Veneer

    Because brick is highly porous, installing the proper WRB is critical to protecting the sheathing.

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2015

     
  • Drawing an Ellipse

    If you're not sold on the nails-and-string method, try this one.

    Journal of Light Construction January 07, 2015

     
  • Connecting a Dishwasher Drain Hose

    Is it better to run the dishwasher drain into the kitchen sink drain or directly into the waste line?

    Journal of Light Construction January 07, 2015

     
  • 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

     
 
 
 
 
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