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  • A Contractor's Guide to Carpeting

    Laying carpet isn’t as easy as it looks. It requires preparation by the contractor and a knowledgeable installer. Also: Carpet and Air Quality

     
  • Bracing Foam-Sheathed Walls

    Many contractors brace foam-sheathed walls with 1x 4 stock or metal strapping. A close look at codes and numbers shows this is not adequate.

     
  • Framing With Floor Trusses

    Parallel-chord trusses are an excellent choice for bridging long spans. Here’s how to order and install them.

     
  • Hillside Foundations Part Two

    Steep sites pose special problems for the foundation contractor. A San Francisco-based contractor discusses drainage, site safety, and pier drilling on “vertical” real estate.

     
  • Job-Site Storage Solutions

    One remodeler’s answers to organizing a variety of tools and materials on a crowded building site.

     
  • My First Spec House: Lessons Learned

    A custom builder tells how he financed and marketed his first spec house, and the lessons he learned for future spec houses.

     

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  • Q&A: Floor Stiffness: I-Beams vs. Solid Lumber

    Q: Is a wood I-beam floor bouncier than one built with dimensional lumber?

     
  • Q&A: Can Sagging Rafters Be Reused?

    Q: We are replacing a hip roof that has three layers of asphalt shingles over the original skip sheathing and shake roof. This load has caused the 14-foot common rafters to permanently sag about 2 1/2 inches at midspan. Now that we have stripped off the old roofing, can we simply replace the...

     
  • Q&A: Rot at Exterior Windows

    Q: We often encounter rot at the ends of window jambs and exterior casings that abut sloping wood sills. What is the best way to detail this connection?

     
  • Q&A: Leaky Stone Foundation

    Q: I am working on an old house with a stone basement foundation. The foundation is sound, but leaks. What is the best way to repair this?

     

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