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Q. My customer wants to have her combination steam room–shower tiled with a nonglazed floor and wall tile she has already purchased. Is the tile suitable for this type of application? I would use Hardie’s Tile Backer for a substrate and the appropriate thinset mortar.
Q. When installing cedar clapboard, should gaps between the siding and trim be caulked?
Q. What’s the best way to attach a deck ledger board to a wood-framed house with brick veneer?
Q. Where can I find a key to architectural abbreviations used on blueprints?
Q. Can asphalt felt be used directly under vinyl siding? I have heard that the two products are incompatible.
Q. We’re framing a gable-roofed house with roof trusses. The roof includes a bumpout with a smaller gable roof that intersects the main roof, forming two valleys. A valley set will be installed on top of the main roof sheathing. The sheathing along the valley doesn’t have blocking for continuous...
Q. What’s the most cost-effective way to thaw a site for excavation? We are building a 16x24-foot addition with a crawlspace underneath, and the frost is already 12 inches deep.
Q. If a copper water pipe is in contact with the metal sheathing of BX cable, can that contact cause the cable to corrode?
Q. What is cellular-core PVC pipe? Is it as strong as solid PVC pipe?
Q. I need to run wires through Boise Cascade I-joists. The joists come with prepunched holes, but the holes don’t line up. I’d like to drill some 1-inch holes in the joist webs. Are there any limitations on where these holes can be drilled?
Q. Most of the houses we build have 12/12 roofs with plumb fascias. Even though our roofer uses drip-edge, water still sometimes drools down the fascias. What are we doing wrong?
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