April 2017 Table of Contents

Features
Avoiding Common Construction Defects Avoiding Common Construction Defects

Industry pros talk about what to look out for and offer tips and techniques for heading off problems. Read more

Building a Rot-Proof Cornice Building a Rot-Proof Cornice

A New Jersey builder describes how he frames and finishes this classic eaves detail to withstand coastal conditions. Read more

Building a Shotcrete Retaining Wall Building a Shotcrete Retaining Wall

How to shore up an unstable slope, with minimal formwork and less expense than a poured concrete wall. Read more

On The Job
Sealing the Foundation to the Framing Sealing the Foundation to the Framing

Here are several approaches that can be used to improve air-sealing at the critical juncture between the framing and the foundation. Read more

Training The Trades
Stair Stringers: Calculation and Layout Stair Stringers: Calculation and Layout

For new hires or veteran carpenters who may not do stairs everyday, here's a refresher. Read more

Q&A
Adjusting a Prehung Door Adjusting a Prehung Door

There's more than one way to fine-tune the fit between a door and its frame. Read more

Treating Cuts in PT Treating Cuts in PT

When the back of a treated 2x10 has been kerfed to create a curved band joist, do those kerfs need to be field-treated with preservative? Read more

Troubleshooting
Fixing a Wet Roof Fixing a Wet Roof

What looked like a roof leak turned out to be a condensation problem. Is a ventilated assembly above the roof the best solution? Read more

Backfill
Air-Sealing and Insulating a Yurt Backfill Air-Sealing and Insulating a Yurt

How both spray foam and dense pack cellulose were needed to solve a tricky insulation problem. Read more

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