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Precise backing, flexible moldings, and a lot of patience got the job done.
Rafter tails and gable overhangs transform an otherwise plain-looking exterior.
Dedicated nail guns that will pay for themselves quickly.
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Q. Are there any code-approved sheathing materials for a garage under a living space other than the typical 5/8-inch drywall? My clients complain that drywall doesn't hold up well in our environment, so I'm wondering if fire-retardant plywood would be a good substitute if the joints are properly...
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Gutters; hardwood flooring
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For my money, small telescopic mirrors are among the most useful inspection tools out there.
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If human scale is as essential to good design as architects say it is, the classic 1960s A-frame got it just right. You can confirm this by putting a ladder against an interior gable-end wall and climbing until your head is nestled snugly in the peak, as if you were wearing the structure like a...
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