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Roofing Under Cover

According to Colin McGhee, thatched roofs are “a bit of a novelty in the United States.” That perception won’t be diminished by the job he took on this past winter when he and his crew thatched a Maine island retreat. More

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Installing Synthetic Slate

This alternative to slate is light, rugged, and easy to cut. More

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Letters

Hot-roof approach; cold-roof details; back to basics; concrete epoxy anchor More

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Cricket Retrofit

John Carroll explains how to build and flash a cricket, or diverter, for a... More

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Retrofitting an Insulated Cold Roof

Installing insulation and ventilation under a new roof can solve heat-loss... More

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How Much Snow Does it Take to Collapse a Roof?

An engineer explains why most snow-related roof collapses are caused by connection... More

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Products

Gutters; hardwood flooring More

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Framing a Dutch Gable

This method uses calculations and layout shortcuts to speed production. More

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Energy & Moisture Matters

We ask a panel of building scientists and builders — all keen, experienced observers of wood-frame performance issues — to answer some of the questions that never seem to go away. More

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Brick Staining

Q. Some of the brickwork on a house I built has developed a white stain that resembles efflorescence but is limited to only two areas: a mailbox and a window. The gutter above the window overflows occasionally, but the water doesn't appear to actually fal More

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