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
Mark the trusses before you unbundle them
Draw a full-scale mockup and snap a line with fascia in kind
Continuous exterior insulation means smaller studs and higher performance
Highlights from the American Wood Council’s Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide
What's worse than a plumber with a Sawzall? A carpenter who causes it.
Floor layout and framing, some good news from the building inspector, and a pleasant surprise on the adhesive front
A simple stairway
Answers the question of why.
Wet wood is a fact of life. What happens to wood that gets wet, is a whole 'nother story
Why square pencils are better than round ones, and a handful of trick-sharpening methods from a master carpenter
Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes
Old school and new tools on display in a two-video mashup
A toolkit of simple solutions to complex wall bracing requirements
This first video in the series focuses on the existing conditions and the demolition sequence. Following videos look at the foundation, framing, exterior shell, and exterior finishes.
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
MiTek offers a complete line of high performance epoxies for applications ranging from heavy industrial seismic and wind applications to household projects.
Glue the rim joist, caulk the gaps, and overhang the wall sheathing to tighten this leaky building assembly
Tropical hardwood beams, locally-fashioned framing connectors, and mahogany siding. Who needs a view?
From the subfloor builders trust, for the flat-out best, quiet, stiff floors.
Long wedges cut from 2x4s are extremely effective for removing difficult flooring. Oh yeah, and don't forget the sledgehammer.