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  • 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

     
  • Steam Heat vs. Hydronic Heat

    A reader ponders whether to stick with steam or convert to hydronic.

    Journal of Light Construction March 12, 2014

     
  • Insulating Outside the Foundation

    Best practices for insulating a foundation.

    Journal of Light Construction March 12, 2014

     
  • Fastening Deck Ledger to an I-Joist Floor

    If you need to attach a deck ledger to a house with I-Joist floors, first figure out if the rim board is structural and go from there

    Journal of Light Construction March 11, 2014

     
  • Wiring and Drywall

    Andy Hannan explains how to make sure that wire ends up where it’s supposed to be after drywall installation.

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2014

     
  • Level-5 Drywall Finish vs. Veneer Plaster

    Myron FerguI explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat.

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2014

     
  • Landings for Deck Stairs

    Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2014

     
  • Q&A: The Best Way to Repair a Hole in a Concrete Slab Before Tiling Over?

    Michael Byrne, a veteran tile installer and consultant, explains two scenarios: The hole is to be covered up by something (such as a shower pan), or it will be covered directly with floor tile.

    Journal of Light Construction December 13, 2013

     
  • Q&A: Tips for Grouting Slate Tile

    Use these simple cleaning techniques when working with the textured surface of slate tile to make sure there is no haze left on the surface.

    Journal of Light Construction November 11, 2013

     
 
 
 
 
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