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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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How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope.

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Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

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If you're on a remodeling job and you've discovered that someone has drilled a hole for your NM cable a little bit too close to the face of a stud — you could stop everything and run down to the hardware store for a metal plate, but there's a better way.

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Lay Out Accurate Stair Stringers with this Custom Tool

Lay Out Accurate Stair Stringers with this Custom Tool

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If you're framing a staircase, you could hope that the stair gauges on your framing square bear against the edge of a nice straight board, but they might not—in that case there's a better way.

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OSB vs Plywood Sheathing - or Both?

OSB vs Plywood Sheathing - or Both?

OSB vs Plywood Sheathing is a question that comes up often in my Custom Builders Group. In this video I'll explain why I use both, and share some secret methods to building a house that will last for generations.

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Polly the Framer

Polly the Framer

Job-Site Dogs: Polly the Framer

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Backyard Cat Ranch

Backyard Cat Ranch

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My mother-in-law, who owns 6 cats, asked me if there was anything I could build so her cats could enjoy the outdoors and still remain perfectly safe. After going over several ideas, the "Cat Ranch"...

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Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpeliers Log-Cabin School

Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpelier's Log-Cabin School

Would you like to spend a week working alongside talented restoration carpenters to reconstruct a piece of history?

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Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work

Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work

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To replace rotted mudsills or foundation sections you must transfer loads to shoring. Start by noting which way floor joists run.

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3 Best Practice Deck Building Tips

3 Best Practice Deck Building Tips

Here are my three top tips to double the lifespan of your new deck! Hint: They all deal with water and rot issues. -Matt Risinger

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Meet the Timber Truss

Meet the Timber Truss

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A Wisconsin design-build firm specializes in columns and trusses made from sections of trees that have not been milled or machined. Its co-founder says that timber components are far stronger than those made from milled lumber and can compete with concrete and steel.

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Homes Can Survive Tornadoes

Homes Can Survive Tornadoes

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A researcher says that for only $600, the average new home can be built to survive all but the biggest tornadoes.

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CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

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Question: What do each of these carpentry disciplines have in common; millwork, windows, cabinets, doors and stairs? Answer: In the not-to-distant past, each of these tasks was performed on-site by highly skilled carpenters. New applications of digital capabilities assure more change is inevitable as shown here with CNC fabrication of complex roof-framing assemblies.

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Wall Layout and Framing Basics for Simple Shed Project

Wall Layout and Framing Basics for Simple Shed Project

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Accurate wall layout and construction are key to building this sturdy shed project. Get insight into basic wall framing layout and assembly procedures using a SketchUp shed model to understand how plates, studs, headers and cripples become the supporting structure for the roof, siding, door and window.

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