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  • Foundations & Site Work

    Building roads * Retaining walls * Footings * Walkout foundations * Stem walls * Slabs * Frost-protected foundations * Foundation repair * Half wall foundations * Tying-in to existing foundations * Foundation details

     
  • Foundation Drainage

    Preventing frost action * Perimeter drain design * Details for removing roof runoff * Placing drain tile

     
  • Structural Steel

    Steel specs * Wood beam to steel beam comparison * Attaching steel to wood * Splicing steel I-beams * Sizing flitchplates * Building flitch beams * Column cap & baseplate connections

     
  • Framing Guidelines

    Notching & boring joists & studs * Structural rules of thumb for wall, floor & roof framing * Shed dormers * Structural ridges * Framing solutions with metal connectors

     
  • Seismic & High-Wind Framing

    Shear walls * Hold-downs * Foundation anchors * Hardware layout * Retrofitting seismic connectors & shear walls * Nailing shear panels * Wood-to-wood and wood-to-masonry roof connections * Roof diaphragm details

     
  • Framing Techniques

    Anticipating lumber shrinkage * Plumbing & lining * Hanging barge boards * Stacking roof trusses * Truss uplift solutions * Steel framing details * Roof framing with wood I-joists * Framing & insulating cathedral ceilings

     
  • Energy-Tight Framing

    Tight attic penetrations * Insulated partition catches * Common thermal bypasses * Sealing the band joist

     
  • Kitchen & Bath Rough-In

    Tub, shower, toilet rough-in dimensions * Sink and lav dimensions * Framing & waterproofing a platform tub

     
  • Interior Framing

    Pocket doors * Tray ceiling details * Radius stair * Laying out & attaching newel posts * Soundproofing walls & floors

     
  • Exterior Details

    Drainage EIFS * Brick veneer * Wood deck ledger * Flashing a window

     

Letters

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    Letters

    Sealing Dutch doors, progress payments, asphalt-saturated felt

     

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