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  • Framing a Gable Dormer

    This technique for framing a roof intersection puts the weight on the ridge and top plate where it belongs. It just takes a little 8th-grade geometry.

     
  • Have Building Will Travel

    A seasoned building mover describes how good planning, judgement, and tools can make a structural building move go smoothly.

     
  • Managing a Framing Business

    A New Mexico framing contractor describes how he keeps nearly 50 framers productive and committed.

     
  • OSB: Job-Site Report

    Oriented-strand board is replacing plywood on many job sites. Many builders, however, remain skeptical. Here’s a job-site review from a contractor who made the switch.

     
  • Preventing Wind Failures

    Moderate winds can cause major damage to an unfinished building. A structural engineer outlines simple steps to prevent blow-downs and to meet code requirements.

     
  • Profit & Loss Statements

    With lending rules changing in the 90’s, make sure your P&L statement reflects the things lenders want to see. A financial consultant explains how.

     
  • Simple Drawing for Remodelers & Builders

    Good plan drawings make for smoother sales and construction. A remodeler/designer gives his tips on how to produce clean, inexpensive drawings.

     
  • Tools of the Framing Trade

    Tool choices are subjective, but the types of brands you settle on can make a difference in your bottom line. Here’s one framing contractor’s choices.

     

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