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Why do some houses look better than others? An architect explains the fundamental principles that distinguish good exterior details from bad ones.
As any finish sub knows, careful framing smooths the installation of drywall and trim. Follow these guidelines for fast, accurate framing of doors, windows, stairs, and fireplaces.
Depending on availability, proprietary gypsum-based thin slabs can be expensive. A hydronic engineer describes an innovative, cost-effective approach to pouring a radiant slab.
Construction sites are dangerous places, and a moment’s inattention can result in serious injury. As these five stories show, experienced and novice workers are equally vulnerable, and routine tasks are the setting for many accidents.
It takes more than safety equipment to prevent job-site accidents. A well-designed safety program will teach workers how to identify dangerous practices and help them to plan tasks with safety in mind.
Personal safety equipment is no longer optional on job sites. Here’s what you need to know to select comfortable gear and use it properly.
Truss bracing, pressure-treating chemicals
Green builder programs, builders go on line, American-style framing withstands Japan quake
Q: On more than one occasion, I have installed 5/4x6 pressure-treated wood decking with the growth rings facing down. We screwed the boards down with stainless steel screws, but the edges still curl and warp very badly. How can this be prevented?
Q: We are designing a house with heavy clay roofing tiles (which weigh about 800 pounds per square). How should we calculate the dead loads for choosing our roof rafters?
A two-story design for a narrow lot
Pitfalls of time-and-materials work
Liability for subcontractor safety
Tools for the electronic office
Efficient radiant ceilings
Guide to the drywall business
Rubber roof slates, nonslip eaves membrane, clapboard installation jig, hook-and-loop tape for carpet installation
Framing connectors for nail guns
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