Siding & Exterior Trim

3-Coat Stucco Retrofit

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A  plastering contractor upgrades an ugly exterior in Northern California.

2015 IRC Deck Ledger Bolt Placement

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The days of staggering bolts every 16 inches or so are over—especially if you want to step down to the deck

Vapor Permeance: 7 Minutes of BS—Building Science w/a Beat

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Vapor barriers cause a lot more harm than good in many parts of North America. Understanding vapor barriers begins with knowing what it means to be one

Construction Disruption Collection: Robots, CNC Routing, and 3D Printing

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3D Printing is hereby put on notice that it is not the disruptive sweetheart of the construction world anymore. ROBOTS are everywhere.

 

Reservoir Cladding and Mass Walls: 7 Minutes of BS

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Siding is supposed to shed water away from walls; so what's the deal with siding that absorbs water?

 

When Drip Edge Becomes A Double Agent

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The mission of water is to turn houses to mush. Some drip edge flashings may actually help water accomplish this mission.

What’s Wrong with Vinyl Siding? It’s Not What You Think

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #10. Andres Duany defends the bad boy of exterior claddings, and urges the industry to up its game

Kickout Flashing That Won't Leak

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Ground zero for roof rot is often where roofs meet walls.

Roof to Wall Stucco Flashing Repair

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I get this question all the time: "Stucco all the way down to the roofing: right or wrong?" Answer: WRONG. and here's why...

 

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.

New Entry Door Trim Using Old Corbels

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Architectural salvage leads the design direction of a door in need of replacement