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  • Detail: Air-Sealing Truss Floors

    This straightforward technique uses tight-fitting rigid foam to air-seal and insulate truss floor perimeters.

  • Making Sense of Your Balance Sheet

    These standard balance sheet ratios will take the mystery out of your financial records and help you make sound long-term management decisions.

  • Ten Common Framing Flaws

    When it comes to framing, small errors can lead to big problems. A building inspector red-flags the ten most common framing mistakes he encounters, and tells how to do it right.

  • Setting Trusses: Tips From the Tracks

    A western production framer explains how to order, stack, and set trusses quickly and accurately — without laying out the plates.

  • Slab-on-Grade Foundations

    Where deep frost is not a danger, shallow footings and floor slabs can be formed and poured together. A New Mexico contractor takes a step-by-step look at how to excavate, form, brace, and finish monolithic slabs.

  • Taking Care of Business

    Working contractors share tips on how to run your business better.

  • Woodburning Technology Update

    To comply with federal emissions regulations, manufacturers have designed a new breed of wood stoves and fireplaces that burn cleaner and more efficiently.

  • Working With Your Blasting Contractor

    A drilling and blasting contractor tells what to expect if you have to blast, and gives advice on how to minimize costs.



  • Letters

    Stamped drawings, fiberglass vs. cellulose, sink strainers



  • Eight-Penny News

    Qualified Framer program, OSHA inspectors target small builders, retread roof, new itchless fiberglass insulation



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    Q&A: Temporary Bearing Support

    Q: We will soon build an addition to a balloon-framed house. This job calls for opening up one exterior bearing wall. We plan to install the beam flush with the ceiling joists so we have a continuous ceiling plane between the old and new structures. What is the best way to temporarily support the...








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  • For What It's Worth

    New insulated concrete block, knock-down lumber rack for pickups, clips for patching holes in drywall, fix for squeaky floors