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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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Q&A: Removing Water Scale From Fixtures

Q: I’ve had several customers interested in salvage sinks and faucets for kitchen and bath remodels. However, most of these old fixtures are covered with water scale. What causes the scale buildup on kitchen and bath faucets and fixtures, and how can it be removed? More

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Focus on Energy: Attic Insulation Problems
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Building With Style: Sleight of Hand
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Q&A: Hemlock Board-and-Batten Siding

Q: I am working on a project where native (New York) hemlock boardand-batten siding has been specified. I am not familiar with this material. How should I prep and install it? More

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A Victorian Cupola

A woodworker builds a traditional New England cupola with a curved hip roof. More

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Foundation Layout by Transit

How to quickly and accurately lay out and level a foundation using a one-minute transit and calculator. More

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Building With Style: Punching Holes in the Wall
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Building With Style: Trends I Could Do Without
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Building With Style: Avoiding Boring Siding
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