Rainwater Catchment

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Wrapping the House: Do's & Don'ts

It’s easy to get sloppy when installing housewrap and flashings, but beware —... More

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Q&A: Vinyl Siding Without Paper?

Q: Is it a good idea to install vinyl siding over OSB sheathing without putting up any housewrap or felt? I see this more and more often, and wonder whether the OSB should be protected since vinyl is fairly leaky. Apparently there is nothing in the codes against this practice. More

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Making Paint Stick to Wood Siding and Trim

To reduce your chances of callbacks, follow this wood expert's guide to choosing... More

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Letters

Durability of galvanized fasteners, rain screen flashing, roof layout with a calculator, retrofitting plywood clips More

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Letters

Rake wall layout options, rain screen siding details, charging what the market will bear More

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Getting Started With Brick Veneer

A brick expert explains what to watch out for when contracting a brick veneer job, from flashing and weep details to properly cleaning the brick at the end of the job. More

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Controlling Moisture in Mixed Climates

In climates that require both heating and cooling, humidity presents special... More

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Q&A: Cupping Clapboards Over Foam Sheathing

Q: We were recently called in to make siding repairs on a five-year-old home. The... More

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Q&A: Weathertight Windows for Wind-Driven Rain

Q: As a general contractor in the Blue Ridge mountains of southwestern Virginia,... More

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Q&A: Preventing Drywall Corner Cracks

Q: I’ve noticed that whenever I finish drywall, fine cracks start appearing at inside corners a couple of days after the job’s done. What is causing the cracks? More

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