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Keep runoff under control where roofs of different pitches intersect.
Most crawlspaces should be carefully sealed, not ventilated. In many areas, however, the codes are still catching up with best practice.
When the door and the jamb don’t match, this finish carpenter’s scribing technique makes for a perfect fit the first time, every time.
Some clients who complain about your work are just looking for a way to get out of paying the final bill. Some even planned it that way. A psychologist specializing in construction fraud identifies common character types and shows you how to avoid getting caught in their game.
A veteran California framer explains step by step how to lay out plumb, seat, heel, and plancer cuts on common, hip, valley, and jack rafters.
Our tool editor looks at both single- and double-compound models with an eye toward accuracy, durability, and ease of use.
On houses clad with vinyl, a simple rabbeted edge detail preserves the look of traditional wood trim at windows, doors, and corner boards.
Fire separation assembly clarification, comments on new pressure-treated wood categories, Marvin Windows responds to article, support for women in the trades
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Q: A while ago you ran an article recommending that you limit deflection of built-up wood girders to L/600 so that the floor joists wouldn’t vibrate excessively (see Practical Engineering, 8/97). My question: Does this also apply to steel girders, or is it mainly a wood-related issue, owing to the...
Q: I’m building a wharf on a bay of the Gulf of Mexico. It is to be on 8-inch-diameter pilings with 2-by joists and cross-members. Can I use plywood for the decking? What are your recommendations?
Q: I saw a "rubber diaphram" device marketed as a cap for vent pipes that terminated in the attic. Its advantage was that it did not pierce the roof (highly desirable for expensive roofs like slate and tile), yet it would work to equalize pressures in the vent system. No mention of noxious gases or...
Turning down work without turning off prospective clients
Collecting payment when hidden conditions cause extra work
Wind uplift on roofs
Fifteen-volume business reference, woodworking primer, bathroom design and construction, HUD design guide
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