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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    Notes on safety; pandering charge; support for higher energy performance standards; vinyl-siding school; wallpaper liner; fire sprinklers

     

News

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    In the News

    Cement supply update; Hurricane Katrina damage estimates; free resources; a murderous client; Web site for wood trading; deconstructing the new energy bil

     

Q&A

  • Nail Pops in Shingles

    Q. What causes nail pops in asphalt roofing shingles? Where I live, in the South, this seems to be a common occurrence. Is this an expansion/contraction problem? Are the wrong kinds of nails being used?

     
  • Plywood vs. OSB I-Joists

    Q. Do any I-joist manufacturers still use plywood webs? At my local lumberyard, I was told that manufacturers switched from plywood to OSB webs because the plywood tended to delaminate, but I suspect the real reason is that OSB is cheaper. I'd prefer to use plywood I-joists, because I think they'd...

     
  • Keeping Garage Fumes at Bay

    Q. I'm building a house that has an attached 24-by-24-foot garage with a master suite above. The owner is concerned about fumes getting into the living spaces next to and above the garage. What's the best way to seal out the fumes?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Retrofitting a Lally column; roof demo by crane; working wireless

     

Business

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Sharp screws; a better roof clip; flashings; closet & garage storage systems; paints & coatings; garage doors

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Ridgid R350RHA round-head framing nailer; job icameras; cabinetmaking tools

     

Backfill

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    Insulated Swimming Pool, Anyone?

    When builder Todd LaBarge wanted to install a vinyl-lined swimming pool at his home, he looked no further than the stack of ICF forms left over from the construction of his house and workshop foundations.