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Peeling Back the Layers of a Kitchen Remodel

Mike Whalen explains how he and the DBS crew tackle an old house kitchen remodel. More

Deck Ledgers and Cantilevered Floor Trusses

You can't just bolt a deck ledger to a truss floor system without the help of an... More

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Hanger Options for Irregular Joists?

Jake Lewandowski explains how to support uneven-width joists with metal hangers... More

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OSB and Plywood Sheathing as Air Barriers

OSB and plywood panels are part of a simple, strong, code-recognized air barrier... More

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Resurrecting a Sagging Roof

Jake Lewandowski saves a failing home addition. More

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An Armchair Engineer's Reading List

These entertaining books that examine the structural underpinnings of many of the... More

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Guidance to Compliance: Navigating IRC Wall Bracing Requirements

Handy tools and resources to help builders navigate current code requirements to... More

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Lightweight Deck Trusses

Double-threaded screws form the web and keep the pressure-treated chords flat. More

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Code-Listed Hurricane Tie

The U-shaped tie holds a rafter or truss on both sides, providing lateral load... More

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Lower-Carbon-Footprint Framing

Custom-fabricated engineered-bamboo panels form a hollow wall system. More

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