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  • May 2015 Letters

    Smoothing attic cellulose; fire-rated steel- and wood-framed walls; required offset for wood roof shingles; more

  • This illustration was adapted from Chapter 4 of The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems2013. The bubble at lower right shows the detail in NRCA ASPH-12A, which uses a one-piece counterflashing. The bubble at upper right and the main drawing show the detail in NRCA ASPH-12, which uses a two-piece counterflashing.

    April 2015 Letters

    Step flashing; air-sealing; buried outlets; framing roofs; uneven insulation; sealed crawlspaces; window flashing; keeping flat-roof drains clear



  • Proper Width of Flashing Tape

    It can be tricky to determine a minimum width when the window manufacturer refers to the code or the flashing-tape instructions, and the flashing-tape instructions and the code both refer you back to the window manufacturer or flashing-tape instructions.

  • Painting Sequence for Room Interiors

    Always do the baseboard last and take care to cut in tight, straight lines.

  • Pervious-Concrete Benefits

    Using pervious concrete on a driveway can reduce runoff and meet many stormwater-management requirements. But does it need maintenance to keep functioning?

  • Curbless Shower Retrofit

    Curbless showers continue to grow in popularity, for reasons of both aesthetics and accessibility. Retrofitting one in an existing home, however, may require dropping the floor.


On the Job

  • Repairing Sheet Siding

    Minor cracks can be caulked and repainted, but sometimes the best solution is to remove old panels and replace them with new ones, taking care not to repeat mistakes made by the previous installer.

  • Trimming Windows in a Deep Wall

    Careful detailing helps maintain the thermal break provided by the high-performance window, and flaring the sides of the 8-inch-deep window well allows plenty of light to reach inside.







  • Lively Live- Edge Floor

    The irregular edges of black walnut planks form a stunning pattern on this floor and stair.

  • The Fun Way Down

    When taking the stairs is too pedestrian, use a firepole.


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