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Screened tailings fill most of the volume of the garage foundation and minimize the amount of compacting we have to do
Attaching the eave to the wall rather than the rafter makes for a faster, straighter, and safer installation
Preflashing the window and door bucks allows us to completely install the exterior insulation and rain-screen furring.
It's just like playing in the sand.
Test yourself: How many do you know? How many do you use?
September 19, 2016
Sheathing takes teamwork — cutting, moving the panels out, placing, and then nailing.
Rafter installation went much faster than I figured.
Baffles are needed to prevent the insulation from filling the space between the ceiling and the roof sheathing along the eave edges.
September 18, 2016
With the run measurements I made from the site conditions, Warwick CTC students calculated the diagonals and made templates.
September 15, 2016
Lifting beams using a flash of inspiration and some brute (hydraulic) force.
Insulating the garage wall with 2-in. Roxul IS took 90 minutes (with seven focused minds and 14 hands).
This custom-built bench offers seating, hidden storage, and a whole lot of charm.
September 14, 2016
Footings need to bear on undisturbed soil, dig down to where foundation footings will bear.
I used to clog my sink drain whenever I emptied my shop vac’s wet refuse into it. To remedy this, I began by cutting two 5-gal. buckets to make a…
I was hanging drywall recently on a typical noisy job site. A radio was on, saws were running, and lots of people were working. When hanging drywall, I just yell…
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