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Sheathing Walls with Zip System

Sheathing Walls with Zip System

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Justin Fink travels to Wellesley, Mass., to watch a production crew frame and skin a house using Zip System sheathing and compatible seam tape.

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Make a Simple Shim-Measuring Gauge

Make a Simple Shim-Measuring Gauge

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If you need a custom shim that you have to cut to a very specific dimension, you could try to use a tape measure to measure the gap, but there's a better way. Justin Fink of Glastonbury, Conn...

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Time Lapse of an Amish Barn Raising

Time Lapse of an Amish Barn Raising

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This 3-1/2-minute video demonstrates what you can get done in 10 hours if you invite all of your family and friends.

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Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

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This unique solution to a "historic" problem is quite a surprise.

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Safer Wall Raising With Steel Strapping

Safer Wall Raising With Steel Strapping

 If you're framing the second-floor walls on the exterior of a house, you could toenail the bottom plate into the deck and hope that the whole wall doesn't slip off the edge when you stand the wall up, but there's a better way         Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular...

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I Joist Blocking

I Joist Blocking

I was recently building a house using I joists for the floor system.  I usually cut my joists and blocking with a normal circular saw as the blade is just big enough to cut all the way through, but...

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Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors

Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors

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Have you ever walked by a china cabinet and the contents rattled? Or does your house have an annoying squeak in the floor as you walk down the hallway to your baby's bedroom? In this video I’ll give you three tips for framing a sub-floor that’s beefy and squeak-free!

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PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test

PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test

PL400 has been the gold standard in SubFloor glue for years, but is it the best choice for Advantech Decking? Watch me put these two glues to the test.

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Tips for Setting Up a Cutting Station for Wall Framing

Tips for Setting Up a Cutting Station for Wall Framing

A comfortable cutting bench for your miter saw and a solid, flat work surface for stacking and assembling headers and rough openings are essential for framing walls accurately, safely, and efficiently

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A Carpenters Table

A Carpenter's Table

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Fast-forward video of timber-framing a dining table.

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Joe Lstibureks Perfect Wall explained - The 500 Year House

Joe Lstiburek's "Perfect Wall" explained - The 500 Year House

I'm a huge fan of Building Science teacher Joe Lstiburek and I'm finally building my first house with his "Perfect Wall" concept. Join me as I explain this theory for extreme durability and efficiency (and show off a house I'm building in Austin).

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Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

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We've all been in this situation... two identical looking products on the shelf, but different prices. Which should I choose? Well, when it comes to housewraps not all are alike, nor will they perform the same. Have a look at this test that will give you an idea how these two white rolls will perform on YOUR house.

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APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses

APA Reports on Installation of Raised-Heel Trusses

Free download describes the use of structural paneling instead of 2x blocking when installing these increasingly common roof trusses.

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How to Safely and Easily Cut Shims from Scrap Wood

How to Safely and Easily Cut Shims from Scrap Wood

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Don't waste your money on a bundle of shingles if all you need are some shims for a framing project. Use this simple jig to cut your own shims on a tablesaw.

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Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Have you ever been frustrated by a lack of power available at your job sites? Look no further than this custom designed Temp Power Box to handle all your needs. Including a parts list to build your own!

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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions.

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Custom Home Project

Custom Home Project

 From a recent project at Bo Bezdek Builder, Inc.

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Make Stress-Relief Cuts for Stronger Stair Stringers

Make Stress-Relief Cuts for Stronger Stair Stringers

 If you're cutting stair stringers out of two-by stock, you could make both of your saw cuts right to the intersection and hope you don't over cut and weaken the stringer, but there's a better way.  

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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Learn More About Advanced Framing

Learn More About Advanced Framing

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APA--The Engineered Wood Association offers a primer on framing techniques that reduce waste and increase energy efficiency by allowing more room for insulation.

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