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Even many “energy-efficient” homes lose heat through overlooked gaps in the building’s thermal envelope. Here are the most common weak spots and how to fix them.
For interior finish work to look its best, the framing must be accurate. A finish carpenter tells where to take special care.
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A heating engineer with a number of radiant slabs under his belt offers practical guidelines for successful slab-on-grade installations.
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An energy specialist tells what features to look for when selecting a setback thermostat.
Two timber framers tell how to combine an old-world timber-frame look with modern light-frame construction.
Q: Are all zinc-coated nails for pneumatic nailers created equal?
Q: Will a vapor retarder be effective on the walls if there is no retarder in the ceiling?
Q: For shake roofs, can I substitute purlins for plywood roof sheathing? Does the plywood serve as a diaphragm on a sloped roof?
Q: Is there any advantage to installing storm windows over low-e, gas-filled windows?
Q: What is the best way to protect exterior foundation foam insulation where it projects above grade?
Q: We have recently completed a residing job in which we installed cedar clapboards over 1-inch foil-faced foam. The clapboards have since cracked on all sides of the building, both at the ends and along the length of the clapboards. How can this be prevented in the future?
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