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September 15, 2016
Lifting beams using a flash of inspiration and some brute (hydraulic) force.
March 1, 2003
Tips from a custom framer make the engineered-lumber learning curve easier to negotiate
January 1, 2000
Q: I recently remodeled my home using scissor trusses to create a cathedral-roof section. The trusses terminate at a beam on each side. I’ve just started to notice moisture soaking through…
July 1, 1999
As a framing carpenter, I frequently come across a ridge span longer than the overall length of the material I'm using for the ridge. To extend the material to the correct…
November 1, 1996
Q: While replacing some roof tiles recently, I had to remove the roof ridge vent. When I did so, I noticed that the rafters had separated from the ridge beam (1/2…
July 1, 1996
Q: Last fall, I roofed my home and installed the type of ridge venting that rolls out along the ridge. In December, with about 6 in. of snow on the roof,…
May 1, 1996
A lot of people think I'm kidding when I sing the praises of shingling a house from the ridge down, but I'm not. Quite to the contrary, shingling a roof from…
November 1, 1995
Recently, much of my renovation work has included retrofit roof vents, both at soffit and at ridge. When the roof slope is greater than 5-in-12, I have a hard time…
November 1, 1991
Building built-up girders, headers and beams can be a nuisance if the components aren't straight. The drawing shows a simple way to use a hammer and a 16d nail to…
March 1, 1991
It takes nimble feet, a strong back and attention to flashing details to do it right
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