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    Letters

    Case of the missing beam; thinner sheathing and nail pops; strength of OSB vs. plywood; adequate air for spraying finishes; more

     

News

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    In the News

    Communities grapple with day-labor issues; Katrina wind-damage reports; roofing-tile installation manual; circ-saw recall; more

     

Q&A

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    Attaching Deck Ledgers to Engineered Rim Joists

    Q. Attaching Deck Ledgers to Engineered Rim Joists Are ledger lag-bolting schedules that were developed for 2-by rim joists adequate for engineered rims? It seems that lag bolts would be more likely to pull out of a thinner engineered rim than out of a thicker 2-by Doug fir rim joist.

     
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    Same Windows, Different Climates?

    Q. Same Windows, Different Climates? As a HERS rater working in north-central New England, I've noticed that the U-values of the windows that most builders are installing are quite good — below .35 — but they have low SHGC (solar heat-gain coefficient) values. While it seems that windows with...

     

On the Job

Business

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    Keeping the Design Phase on Track

    I've long appeciated the advantages of design/build. This approach to construction removes you from the rat race of competitive bidding.

     

Legal

  • Using Mediation to Settle Construction Disputes

    Every so often, a client will call for advice and begin by saying, "I've been in business for 20 years and have never had a problem like this with an owner." It frequently means my client is headed toward mediation.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Columns; specialty fasteners; adhesives

     

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Backfill

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    Living Large in Less - Much Less

    With little - literally - to recommend them, Sebastopol, Calif., builder Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed Tiny House designs delight similarly small-minded clients.