Framing

Non-Structural Codes for Deck Guards

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The non-structural requirements are pretty simple for guard rails: if there's a fall hazard, make a guard, and keep it such that it will actually stop people from falling.

 

Modified Larsen Truss Retrofit: I-Joists on a Roof

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Framing a roof with I-joists over the existing roof makes a ton of room for insulation and offers a short lesson in vapor movement through assemblies

How to Remove a (really) Difficult Subfloor

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Long wedges cut from 2x4s are extremely effective for removing difficult flooring. Oh yeah, and don't forget the sledgehammer.

 

A Modified Larsen Truss Using I-Joists on a Passive House Retrofit

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Screwing I-joists to the outside of a wall—really—makes a lot more room for insulation on a deep energy retrofit in NW Connecticut

 

The Woodworker: 1940 Vocational Guidance Film

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A film on the many aspects of woodworking that go into building things with wood—including a pre-robot look at technology displacing workers

 

Stair Layout with a Visual Construction Calculator

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Use SketchUp.com to visually calculate the rise, run, and materials for stairbuilding—or anything else, for that matter

The Best Way to Frame: Less Wood, More Thought

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Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #1—The most popular page of 2016. Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.

Design and Build A Patio Roof To Tie In To An Existing Roof

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Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #5. Two videos cover the design questions and construction process of a post and beam patio roof structure

Applied Geometry: High School Students Construct a House

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You get paid for what you do and what you know. Turns out, the more you know, the more you can do.

 

Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit in Berkeley, Calif

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Tie the walls to the foundation, the floor to the walls, and add shear strength for lateral support

 

Airtight Walls—Housewrap and Sheathing as an Air Barrier

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A tight air barrier is the best way to build an energy-efficient house. Outside the sheathing are many chances to make it better.