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  • Patching Plaster

    Use setting compound and drywall patches to quickly repair holes in plaster

    Journal of Light Construction April 09, 2013

     
  • Vent Insulation Clearance

    What are the requirements for Type B vent pipe?

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
  • Some roofers install underlayment vertically over short steep roof decks to provide quicker protection from the weather, but not all building inspectors will approve this practice. In general, the IRC specifies horizontal underlayment installation.

    Roofing Underlayment

    Does the direction of the underlayment matter?

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
  • Installing Interior PVC Trim

    Tips on smoothing routed surfaces and gluing joints

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
  • Hallway Outlets

    What are the rules for eletrical outlets in hallways?

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
  • Small EIFS Repairs

    A stucco contractor explains how to patch minor nicks and abrasions in EIFS while matching the original finish

    Journal of Light Construction January 14, 2013

     
  • Cleaning Old Beams

    Soda-blasting worked where oxalic acid, walnut shells, and soap and water failed

    Journal of Light Construction January 14, 2013

     
  • Roof Truss Repair

    Field repairs should always be designed by an engineer

    Journal of Light Construction January 14, 2013

     
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    Cutting Holes in Sheathing

    Openings in a braced wall could interrupt the load path

    Journal of Light Construction December 14, 2012

     
  • Reusing Loose-Fill Cellulose

    Working around existing attic insulation to seal air leaks may be more cost-effective than removing and replacing it

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2012

     
  • Walking on Attic Cellulose

    When framing is buried beneath loose-fill cellulose, move slowly and carefully, and fill in any excavated areas

    Journal of Light Construction November 12, 2012

     
  • illustration Pony Wall Support

    Stiffening a Pony Wall

    Rigid framing for a low wall with one freestanding end

    Journal of Light Construction November 12, 2012

     
  • 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

     
 
 
 
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