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  • Bracing Walls: What Works Best?

    Looking into T-strapping, plywood corners, and old-fashioned let-in scrapping to keep your buildings from racking.

     
  • Defeating Deflection

    How to size joists and trusses for solid, economical floors.

     
  • Installing Stressed-Skin Panels

    Tips for hanging foam-core panels, from one of America’s foremost timber framers.

     
  • Raising the Roof

    How to lift a 40-foot-long roof, add a second story, and put it all back together in a day’s work.

     
  • Truss Collapse

    Poor bracing or manufacturing flaws can send a row of roof trusses crashing to the ground. This case shows what can happen, and how to prevent it.

     
  • When the Framing Shrinks

    Today’s lumber spells problems—like cracked plaster, popped nails, and warped trusses. These details can help keep you out of trouble.

     

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