November 1, 1990
A simple technique with elegant results.
September 1, 1990
Creative responses to unusual specs.
that had 14-ft. 3x8 joists made of hemlock. Most of them were still sound, but their long, unsupported spans were pretty springy. My client didn't like the bouncy feel of…
How one builder stiffens walls by running studs from floor to roofline.
July 1, 1990
My house is elevated on a pile foundation and has a deck attached to one side. As shown in the drawing, pressure-treated doubled floor joists extend beyond the exterior wall…
March 1, 1990
Strategies for toning down sound transmission in wood-framed floors and ceilings.
January 1, 1989
If you've ever had to beef up a pier-and-beam floor with some additional joists tucked between the subfloor and the beams, you know it can be difficult work in a…
November 1, 1988
Wide boards demand careful persuasion.
July 1, 1988
Recently I came up shorthanded on a job site where we had planned to lay a 3/4-in. T&G plywood deck. Knowing this can be a frustrating job even with help,…
January 1, 1988
If you've ever struggled to achieve a tight fit with T&G decking without marring the material, you might be able to use this tip. Instead of using pry bars or…
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