United Brotherhood of Carpenters

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One-Coat Stucco

Thin-coat stucco is gaining ground on traditional techniques. A New Mexico custom builder explains how these systems can cut costs and improve quality. More

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Bringing the Bathroom Up to Code

The bathroom is the most regulated room in the house. A contractor discusses the accessibility, safety, energy, and structural requirements you must comply with. More

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Shear Wall Basics

Every few years earthquakes cause damage to buildings on the West Coast. We look at new, engineered building practices that are helping frame houses meet the test. More

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Builder's Guide to Common Code Violations

A former builder, now a code official, reports on the violations he sees again and again, and how to avoid them. More

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Model Code Primer

Understanding the politics of code development can help you cope better with their effects, and maybe play a role in improving them. More

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