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  • A Rotting Timber Frame

    The four-year-old house looked fine on the inside and the outside. But inside the walls, it wasn’t a pretty sight.

     
  • Conference Report: How Tight Is Too Tight?

    U.S. and Canadian scientists flocked to Fort Worth to muse on the mysteries of "air infiltration, ventilation, and moisture" in today’s tight houses. Here are the highlights from official reports and corridor chatter.

     
  • Engineered Lumber

    Is the solid-wood joist going the way of the buggy whip? Construction consultant John Russo looks at what’s taking its place and how the new products hold up.

     
  • Rx for Wood Decay and Insects

    Wood lasts virtually forever if you treat it right. The keys are keeping the wood dry and using the right chemical treatment when needed.

     
  • Wood Basics

    What properties make wood the ideal building material it is? Which cause problems? And why does the lumber quality go down year by year? Some answers from America’s foremost authorities.

     

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