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Conventional Roof Framing: A Code's-Eye View
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Conventional Roof Framing: A Code's-Eye View

When it’s boiled down, there are essentially two standard methods of roof... More

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Letters To The Editor

Painting popcorn ceilings, repairing a stone foundation, garage floor finishes, cracked manufactured stone More

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Letters

Rafter cutting concerns, building with ICFs, retrofitting brick ties, more More

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Products

Inflatable knee pads; truck bed extender; caddy for extension ladders; roof guardrail; track for heavy pocket doors; finish works on wet wood; mortarless brick veneer; elegant aluminum balusters; more More

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Practical Engineering: Holding Down the Roof

Wind uplift on roofs More

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Computer Solutions: Simplified Structural Design

Software for sizing structural components More

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Letters

Markup math, plywood orientation in shear walls, tips for using foam forms More

Horizontal vs. Vertical Sheathing
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Horizontal vs. Vertical Sheathing

Q: I’ve always heard that installing plywood sheathing horizontally (perpendicular... More

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Q&A: Sealing Fire-Stop Penetrations

Q: When we build homes, we drill numerous holes through wall plates and subfloor assemblies for wiring, plumbing, and hvac ducts. Are there any code requirements for sealing the gaps around these penetrations? More

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One-Coat Stucco

Thin-coat stucco is gaining ground on traditional techniques. A New Mexico custom builder explains how these systems can cut costs and improve quality. More

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