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    It’s tough to get the necessary insulation and ventilation into a compact sloped ceiling. Here’s what works best for contractors around the country.

     
  • Clearing the Kitchen Air

    Not all kitchen exhaust fans are created equal. Here’s a rundown of what works to clear the air, and what doesn’t.

     
  • Detail: Best Energy-Efficient Wall Design

    This strapped wall design won top honors for energy-efficiency, buildability, and simplicity.

     
  • Engineered Beams & Headers

    Engineered beam stock is finding its way onto more sites. This review of glulams, LVL, and other specialty beams tells how to make the best use of the new materials.

     
  • Good Help Wanted

    Can’t find decent carpenters anymore? Successful builders and remodelers share their strategies for recruiting and hiring good help.

     
  • Installing Fixed Glass

    An experienced sunspace builder describes how to install glass to get long-lasting performance in vertical and sloped applications.

     
  • Working the Bugs Out of High-Efficiency HVAC

    Early users of high-performance HVAC faced many disappointments. The latest generation of equipment works well — as long as it’s installed correctly.

     

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  • Q&A: Rigid Foam on Wall Interiors

    Q: Can rigid foam board be used on the inside of a wall as both insulation and a vapor retarder? If so, how should it be detailed?

     
  • Q&A: Silcone Caulk on Cedar

    Q: I have heard that silicon caulk should not be used with cedar trim. Is this true? If so, why?

     
  • Q&A: Venting a Diamond Hip

    Q: How should a "diamond" hip roof (one with four hip rafters rising to a point) be ventilated?

     
  • Q&A: Sheathing Nails Popping Through Shingles

    Q: A year ago, I removed an old wood shingle roof and replaced it with asphalt shingles. In many places, we replaced sections of the old board sheathing with new rough-sawn lumber. Now, the 8d common sheathing nails holding the new 6- to 12-inch-wide boards are popping up. Several nails have worked...

     

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