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Eight Ways to Patch Drywall

Eight Ways to Patch Drywall

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A lot of people understandably have a love/hate relationship with drywall. Take patching holes for example. When a fix comes out right, it's hard not to love drywall despite its messy, often fickle...

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How much is your pinky worth?

How much is your pinky worth?

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Lose your little digit on a job in Oregon and you'll get around $80,000 in workers comp; in Massachusetts you'll only get about $2,000. How much you get for a lost body part depends on where you live / get injured.

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Unintended Consequences of an Efficient Attic

Unintended Consequences of an Efficient Attic

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Air sealing and insulating an attic is the right thing to do, right? So why am I shoveling off this roof?

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How do you deal with Ice Dams?

How do you deal with Ice Dams?

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Homes in several parts of the country are plagued with ice dams. What do you do to deal with them? Melt, chip, cut, ignore or ????

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Energy-efficient framing practices for hurricane and tornado country

Energy-efficient framing practices for hurricane and tornado country

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Builders have been slow to adopt 24" OC 2x6 optimum value framing due to concerns about the strength of the structure. We have adopted several framing techniques that work with OVE to improve storm survivability while also maintaining good energy efficiency and stiffness.

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2012 IRC Codifies Window and Door Pan Flashings

2012 IRC Codifies Window and Door Pan Flashings

Window and door flashing best-practices are now code-minimum practices in the 2012 IRC

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Step Flashings - Code calls for 4 in. legs

Step Flashings - Code calls for 4 in. legs

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The 2009 IRC now has prescriptive step flashing size requirements. They're still puny and don't meet my sniff test but it's a step in the right direction.

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Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut

Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut

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Unbalanced indoor air movement diminishes HVAC comfort and can lead to increased energy bills. Testing identifies problems and two door treatments can solve them.

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Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper

Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper

Pop-up dampers and hinged dampers install and operate similarly.

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Another Take on Framing a Bell Curve

Another Take on Framing a Bell Curve

I always find articles of interest in Homebuilding each issue, but your March 2011 had an article that really grabbed my attention— “Framing the bell curve” by Noah Woodruff. Imagine! Someone else with the same project I am currently completing.

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