April 1992 Table of Contents

Change Orders for Design/Builders

A design/builder explains how to avoid conflicts when customers change the plans in the middle of a project. Read more

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Removing Collar Ties

An engineer explains the forces at work in ties, and how remodelers can safely move or remove them. Read more

Keeping the "Natural Look" on Wood Siding

Can your natural wood siding stay forever young? An exterior finish contractor tells how you can come close. Read more

Maintaining Your Body for the Long Run

Construction is hard on muscles, bones, and joints. A health expert describes exercises and work habits that will ensure you a healthy career in the field. Read more

Sizing Built-Up Wood Headers

A structural engineer simplifies the task of sizing standard built-up wood headers with this easy-to-use table. Read more

Steelwork in Wood Frames

A thorough guide to using structural steel in wood frame construction. Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Vapor-Retarding Paint

Q: I am residing an old house that is uninsulated. I plan to add foam exterior sheathing and blown-in cellulose in the walls. Is a vapor-retarding paint adequate to prevent moisture problems in the wall? Read more

Q&A: Roofing and Insulation for an Exposed Rafter Ceiling Q&A: Roofing and Insulation for an Exposed Rafter Ceiling

Q: What is the best roofing and insulation to use on a 20-year-old house with exposed rafter cathedral ceilings? The framing doesn’t seem strong enough for tile, which is common here in the Southwest, and the roof needs substantial insulation to shield against an extremely hot summer climate. Read more

Builder's Library

Construction Detail Help Read more

For What It's Worth

Mulch on a Roll Read more

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