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Vapor retarders in North Carolina; cost of curved coffered ceiling; hiring illegal immigrants More

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Removing Rocks Without Blasting

When explosives are out of the question, there's a quieter and safer way to break... More

Coastal Building Resources

Daunting as the coastal climate can be, the home-building industry has the... More

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How we got here: JLC at 25; catching up with the lifers More

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A concept house in Omaha, Neb.; Ecobuild America conference; more More

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Homes for injured veterans; layoffs in the housing sector; call 811 before digging... More

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Remodeling study predicts growth; builder gets jail time for worker's death; more More

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Letters

Unvented attics meet code; mystery setup; the joy of SIPs; safety-story feedback; more More

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Dampproofing vs. waterproofing; sound control; concealed electrical splices; more More

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Double Vapor Barriers

Q: While building a new home in upstate New York, we installed R-15 kraft-faced insulation in the walls, but the local building inspector then made us install 4-mil poly over the kraft paper facing. We've been told by other builders and inspectors that this is not a good practice. Is this double vapor barrier likely to cause problems later on? More

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