Four straight 2x6s, a lot of glue, a mortiser, planer, sharp chisels, band saw, forstner bits, a block plane, oscillating spindle sander, and a rubber mallet are all you need
"Build it right. If the wood can withstand seven centuries, I would build a house that is so constructed as to withstand a millennium. With this attitude, I would keep woodworking."
—Go Taek Yeong, Skill Holder
Streamline your stringline strategy
Like farm to table for building materials—a tour of Amazon trees and lumber
A primer on how heads, threads, tapers, and drives differ depending on application
It turns out, 5/8 plywood is about the best window insurance you can buy
Raised heel trusses and a sealed roof deck make a fast energy efficient roof system
Questions and answers about the engineering, endurance, and manufacturing of an AdvanTech subfloor
Outside insulation is an effective way to keep heat in. The devil is in the details, such as this one
The top reason to study engineering in college: Wall of Wind. Yay Science!
Two videos cover the design questions and construction process of a post and beam patio roof structure
What to look for in a Shear Wall System
Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.
A field-tested collection of videos, articles, and animated details on practical improvements to the framing process that strips out the less-valuable 'advice' often passed on by others.
Which will be the brick that broke the camel's back (and by 'camel,' we mean 'OSB' ...)
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
Better insulation, drier walls, lower HERS scores, and labor savings.
Draw a full-scale mockup and snap a line with fascia in kind
Continuous exterior insulation means smaller studs and higher performance