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details // Framing

Mud Sill TIP for Humpy Foundations

Use thick mudsills to span uneven expanses of an old foundation. Fill in with mortar after the sills are flat.  


details // Framing

Straightening Jig for Crooked Lumber

A rip of plywood, some blocks and a table saw will help you repurpose cruddy lumber from the bone pile into backing  

details // Decks & Porches

Drainable Deck Flashing

A 4-Dimensional look at deck flashing that works


details // Roofing, WRB & Flashing

StormProof Roof 2: Edge Flashing and Starter Strip

Roofs peel off from the edges, so it is critical to hold them tight


details // Framing, WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing

A Slick Transition from Foundation Insulation to Wall Sheathing

Outside insulation is an effective way to keep heat in. The devil is in the details, such as this one


details // Framing, Roofing, WRB & Flashing

Stormproof Roof Deck: Seam Taping Sequence

Overlapping tapes with gravity in mind keeps water out of the house


details // Concrete & Masonry, WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing

A Brick Wall Flashing and Insulation Retrofit

A retrofit solution that works great for a low-skill workforce—like volunteers


details // Demolition, Glues, Sealants, Coatings, WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing

Retrofitting for Repeated Flooding: Brick Wall with Spray Foam and Drainage Mesh

Make a route for drainage, protect the structure, and use water-tolerant materials to rebuild


details // Siding & Exterior Trim, WRB & Flashing

Trimwork and Layout Tips for Vinyl Siding

Use real trim stock and give some thought to the layout—it will improve the look of your job 100 percent


details // Concrete & Masonry, Insulation & Air Sealing

Frost-Protected Monolithic Slab

An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 4, 5, and 6


details // Framing, WRB & Flashing, Decks & Porches

Weaving a Deck Ledger into a Wall With Thick ZIP Panels

Peel and stick Z-flashing and some padding pushes a ledger flush with the face of the thick panels. A cover sheet of peel and stick completely waterproof the ledger before the deck is framed

details // Roofing, WRB & Flashing

Flashing a Wood-Framed Chimney w/a Copper Cricket Cap

Flashing a wood-framed chimney is like flashing a dormer, except there’s no roof behind it. Without protection, water can leak into the joint and rot your walls to direct uphill water away


details // Glues, Sealants, Coatings, Insulation & Air Sealing, Kitchens & Baths

Seal Holes from Pipes and Wires

An item on the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. Item 5.1.2, to be exact ...


details // WRB & Flashing, Windows & Doors

A Window Install in a Thick ZIP Wall

The general idea of installing windows is to plug the big hole that you just cut in the wall.


details, Article // Framing

Advanced Framing Do's and Don't Bothers from an Architect

Just because you draw it doesn't mean they'll build it that way. Know what makes sense, what the framer can execute, and forget about designing in two-foot modules


details // Framing, Insulation & Air Sealing

Airseal the Rim Joist and Wall Framing Connection

Glue the rim joist, caulk the gaps, and overhang the wall sheathing to tighten this leaky building assembly  


details // Concrete & Masonry, Roofing, WRB & Flashing

Step Flashing 2 Brick: Its Complicated

Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...  


details // HVAC & Mechanicals

A Simple Balanced Ventilation System

Two fans talk to each other to replace stale air with fresh air