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  • Air-Sealing The Story-and-a-Half

    Even in a well-insulated home, certain framing details invite air leaks and heat loss. An energy consultant shows how to avoid costly weatherization retrofits by including effective air barriers in the framing process.

     
  • Common Roof-Framing Errors

    A wood-frame expert takes us on a tour of the most common mistakes made by roof framers, and shows how to do it right.

     
  • Hot-Weather Concreting

    Concrete sets up fast in hot, dry weather, increasing the chance that cracks and surface defects will develop. A concrete contractor from the desert Southwest tells how to keep your cool in the heat of a concrete pour.

     
  • Pricing For Profit

    When it comes to bidding, the lowest price isn’t always best. A veteran remodeler explains five strategies that raise the odds you’ll not only get the work, but you’ll make a profit, too.

     
  • Simple Whole-House Ventilation

    For small, tight houses and apartments, full-blown mechanical ventilation systems may be overkill. Here’s a tested approach that uses an upgraded bath fan, a programmable timer, and a few air inlets to guarantee fresh air at minimal cost.

     
  • Troubleshooting Water Heaters

    Most water heater problems can be solved quickly and at little cost — if you know what to look for. Two water heater specialists explain the step-by-step procedures for finding and fixing trouble.

     

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  • Q&A: Patching Stucco With Mortar

    Q: We blocked over a couple of basement windows in a stuccoed stone foundation wall. What’s the best way to patch the stucco? Can a simple bagged mortar mix be used to cover the block, or do we need to use stucco?

     
  • Q&A: Metal Roofs in High Winds

    Q: We build along the coast in North Carolina, which is considered a high-wind zone with gusts up to 120 mph. We’re interested in using standing-seam metal roofing panels, but we are concerned about blow-offs. Can you tell us what details and panel specifications we should require from our roofing...

     
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    Q&A: Rafter Framing With Unequal Wall Heights

    Q: How do you figure rafter lengths for a gable roof when one wall is 10 feet high, and the other is 8 feet high (illustration A)? The span of the building is 24 feet. We want the roof pitch to be the same on both sides.

     

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