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  • June 2015 Letters

    Thin-kerf saw blades; flood vents in a crawlspace; testing weather barriers; tip for cutting foam

  • May 2015 Letters

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



  • Curing Time for Concrete Footings

    Temperature, admixtures, and fly-ash content can affect how long it takes for concrete to achieve its rated strength.

  • With SIPs, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.

    Attaching a Deck to SIPs

    Though it is possible to beef up a SIP in order to attach a deck ledger, the best option is to build a freestanding deck.

  • 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.


On the Job

  • Building With Cross Laminated Timber

    The solid CLT panels simplify making the building envelope airtight, and they help moderate fluctuations in moisture and heat.

  • Solo Installation of Crown Molding

    Techniques developed over the course of 25 years on the job take the place of a helper.

  • 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.







  • Vintage Handsaws

    Taper-ground blades and handmade hardwood handles make these humble hand tools things of beauty.

  • Lively Live- Edge Floor

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


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