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  • 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

     
  • Q&A: Hardwood Kitchen Countertops

    Q: A client wants me to glue up a hardwood kitchen countertop for him. Is this asking for trouble, or can it be done successfully? What potential problems should I be aware of?

    Journal of Light Construction April 01, 2012

     
  • Q&A: New Design Values for Southern Pine

    Q: I use a lot of southern pine lumber, and I've heard that the design values for the material are about to change. How will that affect its use for things like framing or building decks?

    Journal of Light Construction April 01, 2012

     
  • Q&A: How Flat Does a Subgrade Need to Be?

    Q: When you're preparing the subgrade for an insulated slab foundation, how flat does the surface need to be before you lay out the rigid foam? Is "pretty flat" good enough, or do you have to eliminate every minor hollow and high spot?

    Journal of Light Construction April 01, 2012

     
  • Q&A: Nailing Tips for Advanced Framing

    Q: I can see the value in advanced framing in terms of reduced thermal bridging, better insulation, and savings in framing lumber. But I've hesitated to get serious about it because I worry that the absence of some familiar framing member is going to make

    Journal of Light Construction April 01, 2012

     
  • Q&A: Snow on Batts

    Q: I'm going to be removing the existing fiberglass batts from the attic of a moderately leaky older home, doing some air-sealing, and re-insulating with 16 inches of loose-fill cellulose. According to the homeowner, a dusting of fine powdery snow sometim

    Journal of Light Construction April 01, 2012

     
  • Q&A: Pressurization vs. Depressurization in Blower-Door Tests

    Q: When you're doing a blower-door test, does it matter whether you're pushing air in or pulling it out? In other words, is the air infiltration rate the same at -50 pascals as it is at +50 pascals? And if so, when would you use one approach and when the

    Journal of Light Construction April 01, 2012

     
  • Adding a Point Load to a Post-Tensioned Foundation (Subscriber content)

    Q: When making structural changes that involve adding a point load to a house built on a post-tensioned concrete slab, is it necessary to add a footing for a structural post? I'm concerned that cutting through the slab to pour a pad footing could sever on

    Journal of Light Construction March 01, 2012

     
  • Are Mountain-Climbing Harnesses Okay On Site? (Subscriber content)

    Q: I'm a long-time rock climber and carpenter, and I've been using climbing harnesses for job-site fall protection for many years. These kinds of harnesses are designed to protect the wearer in the event of a severe fall, and I've had a lot of practice us

    Journal of Light Construction March 01, 2012

     
 
 
 
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