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Features

  • A Simple Vaulted Ceiling

    Attaching scribed OSB gussets to scissors trusses converts an angled cathedral ceiling to a graceful curve.

     
  • Asphalt Shingle Q&A

    A half-dozen industry experts provide answers you won't find printed on a bundle wrapper.

     
  • Building a Deck Over Living Space

    This contractor gets double duty from a flat roof using a carefully installed EPDM membrane and good flashing details.

     
  • Indirect-Fired Water Heaters

    In homes heated with a boiler, an indirect-fired tank can provide domestic hot water reliably and efficiently. A pair of industry experts explain what to look for.

     
  • Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete

    There’s more to concrete than water, cement, sand, and stone. An experienced batch plant manager talks about the admixtures that help you match the mix to the job.

     
  • Visible-Beam Rotary Lasers

    A veteran finish carpenter assesses fully automatic self-leveling lasers as well as some that require an initial manual leveling and some that rely entirely on manual leveling.

     
  • Wood Composite Decking

    Whether solid or hollow in section, these products promise durability and low maintenance without cracks or splinters.

     

Letters

  • Letters

    Cutting trusses, frost-protected posts, ERVs vs. HRVs, foil-faced foam, more

     

News

  • Notebook

    Canadian softwood dispute, mysterious IGU failures, Ford ads attract ire of wood industry, site-built shear-wall details, DeWalt saw recall, Business Tune-Up, more

     

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Products

  • Products

    Contemporary range hoods, pro-duty ratchets, heat-loss calculator, time-saving floor finisher, laminate ceiling planks, carbide chop-saw blades, more

     

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