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  • Avoiding Foundation Failures

    After researching more than $50 million in claims, a site investigator has compiled this list of the most costly foundation problems, along with the techniques used to prevent them.

     
  • Evolution and Revolution: Three Stages of Growth for Construction Companies

    Businesses, like people, grow in predictable ways. A consultant draws on her experience with construction companies of all sizes to explain the critical skills — and pitfalls — at each stage along the way.

     
  • Fine-Tuning Entry Door Locksets

    A sticky front door knob is often the item at the top of the punchlist. But this common problem can be eliminated at installation if you understand how locksets work. Here are the tricks one builder uses to get it right the first time.

     
  • Flat Roof Framing Options

    Even “flat” roofs need some pitch to ensure proper drainage. A California production framer describes the techniques he uses to quickly create slopes on flat roof decks of any size.

     
  • Maintaining Your Tools

    Tool maintenance isn’t rocket science, but you have to know what you’re doing. When performed regularly, these simple procedures will extend the life of your electric, cordless, and pneumatic tools.

     

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    Q&A: Wood Trim with Stucco

    Q: We will soon be building a stuccoed Tudor-style home. Standard practice in our area is to fasten the wood trim directly to the sheathing, then apply a three-coat stucco to the areas formed by the applied trim. How can the trim-stucco joint be detailed to prevent water infiltration?

     
  • Q&A: Should I Set Siding Nails?

    Q: When beveled wood siding is going to be painted, should the nails be set below the surface of the siding and filled, or driven flush with the surface of the siding?

     

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