January 1, 1996
During my 40 years in the trades, I've had a number of high-end drywall jobs that required dead-flat ceilings -- no telltale bulges allowed where the ends of the drywall…
Q: My 14-year-old house has a cathedral ceiling under a shed roof. In other words, the rafters butt into a beam that carries the clerestory wall above. I used Prop-a-Vent air…
November 1, 1995
Proper insulation and roof ventilation can stop ice dams from forming, prevent damage and lower energy bills.
July 1, 1995
Letting ceiling joists cantilever beyond the walls makes this challenging roof detail stronger and easier to build.
May 1, 1995
Q: I’m interested in building a barrel-vault drop ceiling but haven’t the slightest idea how to frame and sheathe it. Are arched trusses manufactured for these ceilings? Vern Overall, FPO AP…
March 1, 1995
When my colleague first bought a nail gun, I assumed that progress on the bedroom addition we were building would speed ahead dramatically. In reality, we ended up creating a…
March 1, 1994
From a hip-framed floor that slopes in three directions to a coffered ceiling, a veteran carpenter builds his porch his way.
July 1, 1993
Blocking makes a house more stable and makes it easier to install drywall, plumbing and siding.
May 1, 1993
How to keep the sheets flat and the seams to a minimum.
February 1, 1993
Q: I have a lovely tongue-and-groove ceiling beneath a mansard roof that I need to insulate before converting the attic into living space. The space is, at best, only 2 ft. high,…
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