Raised heel trusses and a sealed roof deck make a fast energy efficient roof system
Outside insulation is an effective way to keep heat in. The devil is in the details, such as this one
A primer on how heads, threads, tapers, and drives differ depending on application
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
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