November 2008 Table of Contents

Brick Veneer That Works Brick Veneer That Works

Despite the inherent strength of brick, a brick veneer wall is not invulnerable during a storm. If the wind blows hard enough, poorly secured brick veneer can literally crumble. And because bricks and mortar are porous, they can transmit moisture to the main wall if that wall has not been properly waterproofed. Ted Cushman outlines the details needed to make sure that brick veneer stays on the house, as well as the flashing and drainage techniques that will keep the house dry during a driving rain. Read more

Outdoor Kitchens for the South Coast Outdoor Kitchens for the South Coast

Outdoor kitchens are a popular amenity in the seaside homes of well-heeled clients. But when designing an outdoor kitchen in the hot and humid Gulf, builders must take care to use durable materials that can take a beating. Pat Curry looks at how to craft these appealing spaces while making sure they can withstand the high winds, tidal surges, heat, and humidity of the southern shore. Read more

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See-Through Storm Panels ~ Stiff Engineered Studs ~ No-Hose Nail Gun ~ Custom or Stock PVC Mouldings ~ Mold-Resistant Drywall ~ Security at Your Fingertips ~ Easy Truss Bracing ~ Easier Window Installation ~ Scaffold Plank Stiffener Read more

Strengthening Roof-to-Wall Connections Strengthening Roof-to-Wall Connections

New Florida codes compel contractors to upgrade the roof-wall connections on qualifying older homes when replacing the roof covering. In this article Richard Reynolds, who helped write the new code language, outlines the steps involved: how to inspect the connections that tie existing rafters or trusses to the wall plate to determine whether retrofitting is needed; and, if the home does need a retrofit, how to make those connections so that the structure will pass inspection. Read more

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