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  • Does Code Allow Ground Supported Decks?

    Although not directly addressed by the code, model code provisions seem to permit their use

    Journal of Light Construction November 12, 2012

     
  • Installing Drywall Over Rigid Foam

    Drywall expert and home performance contractor Myron Ferguson explains how to install drywall over rigid interior foam

    Journal of Light Construction October 02, 2012

     
  • Active vs. Passive Fall Protection

    Either guardrails or safety harness systems can be used to proect workers from falls

    Journal of Light Construction October 02, 2012

     
  • Is There a Way to Predict Which Pieces of PT Lumber Will Twist?

    Matching grain orientation at both ends of a piece of lumber indicates stability.

    Journal of Light Construction October 02, 2012

     
  • Reusing Salvaged Brick

    Old bricks are risky for exterior use; save them for interior projects, and use the proper mortar

    Journal of Light Construction September 10, 2012

     
  • Leaks at H-Clips With Zip Sheathing

    Proper taping technique is key.

    Journal of Light Construction September 10, 2012

     
  • Fire Retardant in Spray Foam (Subscriber content)

    Is it a potential health hazard?

    Journal of Light Construction September 10, 2012

     
  • Controlling Whole-House Remodeling Costs

    Managing customer and architect expectations can head off problems in a remodeling project.

    Journal of Light Construction August 09, 2012

     
  • Matching Old and New Cabinet Finishes

    Either overstain the new cabinets, or sand and refinish the old ones

    Journal of Light Construction August 09, 2012

     
  • Installing Hardwood Flooring over Vinyl

    Hardwood flooring can be installed over existing sheet vinyl if key conditions are met

    Journal of Light Construction July 13, 2012

     
  • Curbing Conductive Heat Loss Through a Glulam Beam

    Conductive heat loss through a glulam beam may be a minor problem in the context of whole-house heat loss.

    Journal of Light Construction July 13, 2012

     
  • Flame Retardant Coatings for Wood Roofing

    Can field-applied flame retardant coatings give a wood shake or shingle roof a Class B fire rating?

    Journal of Light Construction July 13, 2012

     
  • Flooring an L-Shaped Porch

    Framing and flooring an L-shaped porch to allow proper drainage.

    Journal of Light Construction July 13, 2012

     
  • Thermal Break for a Cathedral Ceiling

    Q: Is it possible to create a thermal break by fastening a layer of rigid foam to the underside of the joists before hanging the drywall?

    Journal of Light Construction June 01, 2012

     
  • Will UV Degrade Exposed PVC Plumbing?

    Q: Are exposed PVC drain lines underneath a seasonal home elevated on piers susceptible to UV damage? The pipes are exposed to direct sun for at least part of the day, especially when the sun is low. The structure is located in coastal North Carolina.

    Journal of Light Construction June 01, 2012

     
  • Drywall Control Joint

    Is there such a thing as a control joint for drywall?

    Journal of Light Construction June 01, 2012

     
  • Preventing Blockage in Homes With Low-Flow Toilet Fixtures

    Q: With low-flow toilets now required by code almost everywhere, are there steps builders and remodelers can take to prevent problems caused by waste becoming stranded in drain lines?

    Journal of Light Construction June 01, 2012

     
  • Mounting an Ornamental Iron Railing

    Q: The low-slope roof on the addition I'm building has an ornamental iron railing at the edge. Since the roof won't be used as a deck, it's just there for appearance.

    Journal of Light Construction May 01, 2012

     
  • Piers for a Lakeside Deck

    Q: What's a good way to set deck piers in shallow water?

    Journal of Light Construction May 01, 2012

     
  • Controlling the Moisture Content of Wood Flooring

    Q: What's the proper procedure for acclimating wood flooring to the moisture content of a building before installation?

    Journal of Light Construction May 01, 2012

     
 
 
 
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