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Budget, climate, and construction details all influence duct design for heating and air conditioning. An hvac engineer explains how to choose a layout that guarantees client comfort.
Siding sheds water, but it’s not waterproof. A wood construction expert warns against leaks caused by sloppy housewrap and flashing details, and shows how to do it right.
For long spans and heavy loads, parallel strand lumber is a good substitute for steel. The beams are dimensionally stable, come in a variety of standard sizes, and can be worked with ordinary carpentry tools.
Using an inexpensive tester, you can troubleshoot a miswired receptacle without even removing the cover plate.
Foam concrete forms are gaining popularity, both below and above grade. Three builders describe how to assemble three different systems: stackable blocks, large-core molds, and sheet forms.
Whole-house ventilation, steel framing considered
Certified eco-friendly lumber, multifamily tax shelter threatened, CAD services, year-end tax checklist
Q: Some of my customers want their pressure-treated decks painted, but I’ve had trouble getting paint to adhere well to pressure-treated wood. What’s the solution?
Q: I have to flash a chimney where it penetrates a corrugated metal roof with ridges 8 inches o.c. What’s the solution?
Q: If I use foam insulation board on the exterior of a wood-framed building, will it cause condensation within the walls?
Draining the site
Simple invoicing software
Adding a radiant loop
Top treatments for wall cabinets
Thermostatic crawlspace vent, new fiberglass-mat roofing paper, fold-up hearing protectors
Electric impact wrenches
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