Framing

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.

Airtight Dropped Soffit for Ducts, Fans, or Can Lights

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Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes

Best Practices for Designing and Framing Engineered Wood Floor Systems

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Tips on engineered wood layout, framing, cantilevers, blocking, web stiffeners, cutting, knockouts, duct runs, rim boards, and beams.

Air Sealing a Dropped Soffit: Why and How in Three Minutes

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When air sealing a house, begin with the biggest holes and work toward the small ones

How to Drill a Curved Hole—Wait, What?

 

A flexible drill bit you can knock together in your shop

 

A blowtorch, flexible drive, sheet stock, and a spade bit make a mighty clever solution to running wire around corners in framed houses.

 

Japanese Carpenters Assemble a Beam with Incredibly Tight Joinery

Two Japanese carpenters demonstrate the mortise joinery used to assemble a built-up beam. The claim is that the joined beam is as strong as a solid one.

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Which Nail Bags Are Best 4 U?

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It depends on a lot, but here are some things to think about