January 1, 1993
When putting up plywood sheathing or siding, I use the angle-iron hooks shown in the drawing to support the bottom edge. They keep the bottoms straight, and the -in. offset…
November 1, 1992
Standard ogee gutters can mimic this classical detail.
September 1, 1992
Q: I am designing a new home to be built next year and would like to incorporate a feature I’ve seen on many houses in Germany. I believe the Germans call…
July 1, 1992
Plan for the windows and doors first.
January 1, 1992
One night I went to bed dreading the next day. Working solo, I'd be siding the gable end of a house with clapboards, my only helper on the ground cutting…
November 1, 1991
With careful detailing and proper flashing, exterior woodwork should last for decades.
May 1, 1991
When remodeling or building additions, it is often necessary to cut existing clapboard siding along a vertical line. Problem is, the saw's shoe wants to hang up on the protruding…
November 1, 1990
A framing technique for soffit-covered eaves.
May 1, 1990
By the time we got the sheathing on our house it was winter -- too late in our rainy part of the world to take a chance on putting unfinished…
When the weather turns icy up here in New Hampshire, construction adhesives and caulks get so cold they won't budge out of their tubes. To prevent this, I installed a…
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