On the Job

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Evaluating Fire-Damaged Concrete

Sometimes the foundation of a fire-damaged building is okay to re-use; sometimes... More

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Carpentry Jigs to Speed Production

Brian Campbell shares his methods for increasing both precision and productivity... More

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Bending PVC Trim

Nathan Nebbia runs down his process for bending solid PVC moldings with heat... More

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Hanger Options for Irregular Joists?

Jake Lewandowski explains how to support uneven-width joists with metal hangers... More

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Vapor Control in Cold Climates

Do the vapor barrier requirements in the IRC contradict the code's insulation... More

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Adding Water to Joint Compound?

For a smoother mix with fewer bubbles, drywall pro Lydia Crowder recommends adding... More

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Laminated vs. Solid-Sawn Column: Which is Stronger?

Is a post built with three 2x6s nailed together the structural equivalent of a 6x6... More

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Fitting Insulation Batts in I-joist Floor and Steel Stud Wall Framing

Insulation contractor Nathan Shirai runs down the many insulation batt sizes for... More

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A Framing Trick for Retrofitting a Wide Door

Gary Striegler breaks down how his crew laminated a long beam to the inside of an... More

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Door or Floor First?

Nathan Nebbia explains the why and the how of installing interior doors after the... More

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