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Getting the Sag Out

Getting the Sag Out

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An expensive house dating from the 1960s has developed an annoying problem in the form of a floor that sags 3/4 in. over a 16-ft. span. Iamme would like to correct the problem but isn't sure if his plan will work.

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Does a Roof Need a Ridge Vent?

Does a Roof Need a Ridge Vent?

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Most roofs on new houses seem to have continuous ridge vents, which have largely replaced the louvered gable vents commonly installed a generation ago. But what about a house that already has gable vents? When it needs a new roof, should it get a ridge vent at the same time?

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I Need a What in my Crawlspace?

I Need a What in my Crawlspace?

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As he makes plans for an addition to his Connecticut house, RickGreg has been told by the local building department he must install a fan in the insulated, unvented crawlspace. Does this mysterious edict make any sense?

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How to Keep a Garage-Shop Toasty Warm

How to Keep a Garage-Shop Toasty Warm

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Strawmyers knows all about the misery of working in an icy cold pole barn, and with a new attached garage on the horizon he has a chance for more comfortable working conditions. The question is how much to invest in insulation, and how to heat the space

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How to Fix a Sagging Beam

How to Fix a Sagging Beam

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According to an engineer's calculations, the built-up beam over pboneox1's kitchen will be strong enough to carry the intended structural loads. But there's no question it's sagging, and that has pboneox1 wondering what, if anything, he should do about it.

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How to Pour a Rock-Solid, Well-Insulated Garage Slab

How to Pour a Rock-Solid, Well-Insulated Garage Slab

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Combining strength and thermal efficiency in a garage slab that will carry a lot of weight

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How to Repair a Butchered Floor Joist

How to Repair a Butchered Floor Joist

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There's no question the criticism is often undeserved, but plumbers nonetheless have a reputation for taking a recip saw to studs, joists, and rafters when they get in the way of supply and drain lines. The result, as Tackitybits has discovered, can be tough to fix.

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Whats Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade?

What's Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade?

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A 74-year-old planning a new home in North Carolina ponders the relative advantages of a crawl space and a slab.

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Using Housewrap for Insulation Baffles

Using Housewrap for Insulation Baffles

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A bargain-hunting builder searches for an alternative to commercially available insulation baffles for use in a cathedral ceiling. Can he fashion something from a $30 roll of housewrap?

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Should Builders Provide Free Estimates?

Should Builders Provide Free Estimates?

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Potential customers seem to love them, and why not? But pros are divided, some insisting that providing estimates is part of running a business and others just as adamant that would-be customers should be charged.

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