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  • Caulking Joints in Masonry

    Where wood and metal meet masonry, a caulked joint is often the only way to keep the water out. Here’s how to ensure durable, waterproof joints.

  • Getting Burned by a Client: Lessons Learned.

    There will always be homeowners who are out to take advantage of unwary builders. These tales of woe may help you see them coming and minimize the harm.

  • Profiting From Panelized Construction

    A Massachusetts builder explains how he uses factory-built panels to lower costs and speed construction of custom homes and additions.

  • Quiet Bathroom Fans

    Moisture problems often develop in bathrooms when homeowners refuse to use noisy bath fans. The solution: fans rated at 1.5 sones or less. We survey the options.

  • Working With Laminated Veneer Lumber

    For headers and built-up beams, laminated veneer lumber is often a good substitute for steel. Here’s how to store, handle, cut, and fasten this versatile material.



  • Letters

    Chimney flashing tips, eco-friendly lumber certification questioned



  • Eight-Penny News

    Dealing with aluminum wiring, job-site recycling update, builders fight proposed fire sprinkler ordinances

  • New England Update



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    Q&A: Using LVL to Reinforce Existing Beams

    Q: Can laminated veneer lumber (LVL) be used to strengthen existing wood beams? I’ll soon be working on a remodeling project where the existing floor system is supported by an undersized built-up wood beam, and I would like to stiffen the existing beam by bolting LVL material to it.

  • Q&A: Is Romex Getting Smaller?

    Q: After my electrician finished rough wiring the last house I built, I noticed that the Romex (NM) wire he used seemed to have a thinner profile, and the individual wires seemed smaller in diameter than what I was used to. Is the copper wire (or the insulation) getting smaller, or is it just my...

  • Q&A: Cathedral Ceiling Vapor Barrier

    Q: The house I’m building has a cathedral ceiling framed with wood I-joists, continuous ventilation at the soffit, and a continuous ridge vent. The ceiling inside will be T&G pine. I plan to use R-38 Kraft-faced fiberglass batts (which will allow a 1 1/2-inch air space between the roof sheathing...