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  • A Pole Barn With Style

    The versatility and economy of pole barns aren’t limited to farm sheds. This pole building serves as a contractor’s garage and warehouse.

     
  • Carpenter Ants and Foam-Core Panels

    Stressed-skin panels hold promise for energy-efficient builders. But insect infestation may pose a tough challenge to the new technology.

     
  • Demystifying Mortar

    An experienced mason explains how mud works, and how to get the best mix for the job you’re working on.

     
  • Is Lumber Quality Slipping?

    If you’ve noticed that today’s lumber has more knots, warpage, and other defects, you’re not alone. Here’s a look at the origin of these problems.

     
  • Metal Building Basics

    Assembled like a big erector set, metal buildings offer residential builders an easy inroad to commercial construction.

     
  • New Members, New Connectors

    By William Loeffler. You can’t hang today’s trusses, wood I-beams, and LVL on flea-market joist hangers. This survey of special connectors guides you to the right hardware for the job.

     
  • Secrets of Structural Engineering

    Why rules of thumb and good judgment are often just as good as fancy formulas when it comes to light construction.

     
  • Straight Talk About Wood Structures

    Structural problems in wood buildings are on the rise. An engineer discusses the sources of these problems and their solutions.

     

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