August 1995 Table of Contents

Air-Sealing The Story-and-a-Half

Even in a well-insulated home, certain framing details invite air leaks and heat loss. An energy consultant shows how to avoid costly weatherization retrofits by including effective air barriers in the framing process. Read more

Common Roof-Framing Errors

A wood-frame expert takes us on a tour of the most common mistakes made by roof framers, and shows how to do it right. Read more

Hot-Weather Concreting

Concrete sets up fast in hot, dry weather, increasing the chance that cracks and surface defects will develop. A concrete contractor from the desert Southwest tells how to keep your cool in the heat of a concrete pour. Read more

Pricing For Profit

When it comes to bidding, the lowest price isn’t always best. A veteran remodeler explains five strategies that raise the odds you’ll not only get the work, but you’ll make a profit, too. Read more

Simple Whole-House Ventilation

For small, tight houses and apartments, full-blown mechanical ventilation systems may be overkill. Here’s a tested approach that uses an upgraded bath fan, a programmable timer, and a few air inlets to guarantee fresh air at minimal cost. Read more

Troubleshooting Water Heaters

Most water heater problems can be solved quickly and at little cost — if you know what to look for. Two water heater specialists explain the step-by-step procedures for finding and fixing trouble. Read more


Wood I-joist maker opposes APA standard, preventing ice dams at skylights Read more

Eight-Penny News

Generic I-joists, hurricane-proof glass, debunking EMFs Read more

Q&A: Patching Stucco With Mortar

Q: We blocked over a couple of basement windows in a stuccoed stone foundation wall. What’s the best way to patch the stucco? Can a simple bagged mortar mix be used to cover the block, or do we need to use stucco? Read more

Q&A: Metal Roofs in High Winds

Q: We build along the coast in North Carolina, which is considered a high-wind zone with gusts up to 120 mph. We’re interested in using standing-seam metal roofing panels, but we are concerned about blow-offs. Can you tell us what details and panel specifications we should require from our roofing subs before accepting a bid? Read more

Q&A: Rafter Framing With Unequal Wall Heights Q&A: Rafter Framing With Unequal Wall Heights

Q: How do you figure rafter lengths for a gable roof when one wall is 10 feet high, and the other is 8 feet high (illustration A)? The span of the building is 24 feet. We want the roof pitch to be the same on both sides. Read more

State-of-the-Art Contractor: Quicken Your Accounting

Choosing between Quicken and QuickBooks Read more

Practical Engineering: Site-Built Trusses for Large Loads

Handling heavy loads with site-built trusses Read more

For What It's Worth

Joist hanger alignment tool, power cord reel, fiber cement roofing Read more

Toolbox: Water Level Know-How

Tips for using water levels Read more

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