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    Q&A: Shrinkage Joints in EIFS Cladding

    Q: We’re building a three-story house with plywood sheathing that will be covered with EIFS. Because the house has 9-foot ceilings, the horizontal sheathing joints don’t fall near the band joist area. The EIFS rep says we have to plan for joist shrinkage by establishing a control joint, and he...

     
  • Q&A: Clapboard Paint Problems

    Q: The red cedar clapboard siding on a house in the Boston area was not backprimed and has typical moisture-related paint failure. It has been painted five times in 25 years. The house has no interior vapor barrier. I am considering removing the siding and installing new backprimed clapboards over...

     
  • Q&A: GFCI Protection for Shower Lighting

    Q: In a bathroom remodel, we plan to install a light fixture in a shower stall, with a switch near the shower door. Do the fixture and switch need to be GFCI-protected?

     
  • Q&A: Vinyl Siding Over Fan-Fold Foam

    Q: Before installing vinyl siding over existing wood siding, we first install a layer of fan-fold foam insulation. Is the fan-fold foam an adequate weather-resistive barrier?

     
  • Q&A: Sizing a Range Hood Fan

    Q: How do I size the exhaust fan for a range hood above a gas cooktop?

     

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