Walls and Ceilings

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Prefabricating a Frame-and-Panel Ceiling

Gary Striegler shows how to use simple pocket-screw joinery to assemble a paneled... More

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Drywall Corner Beads

Beads are made with a plastic core, joint tape, and surface paper. More

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Adding Hand-Hewn Beams to a Finished Ceiling

These vintage beams aren't structural, but still require careful cutting and... More

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Lightweight PVC Trim

T&G PVC bead boards with a wood-grain texture can dress up a porch ceiling without... More

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A Partition-Wall Connector That Helps Prevent Drywall Callbacks

Billy Viars of Simpson Strong-Tie Company demonstrates Simpson’s new SDPW Deflector Screw with JLC. Toe-nailing partition walls to trusses can lead to cracks in drywall when loading or when environmental forces are applied. Simpson’s SDPW Screws allow for differential movement between partition top plates and the bottom chord of trusses without damage to the drywall. More

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Understanding Wall Assemblies

Joe Lstiburek on the importance of rain, temperature, and humidity on the design... More

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Assessing Sound Problems

Testing may not be the best way to evaluate noise transmission problems through... More

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Five Wall-framing Options

Matt Risinger compares the construction details, effective R-values, and costs of code-compliant good/better/best wall assemblies. More

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What's New in House Wraps?

Matt Risinger explains how new WRB offerings from Dorken Delta address concerns about vapor permeability and UV resistance. More

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Statement Tile

Emser Tile released new, bold patterns in its 2020 collections. More

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