November 1, 1987
To quiet squeaks in floors; I use a small joist block sistered to the original joist, as shown in the drawing. Once I've located the squeak, I put a good…
May 1, 1987
When carpenters install plank flooring, they often have to cope with warped planks. Some use a prybar to bend reluctant boards, others use pipe clamps. I keep it simple and…
March 1, 1987
How one production carpenter puts the skin on wood-frame houses.
July 1, 1986
To keep waste to a minimum when I lay a floor of irregular flagstone, I first lay the large pieces of stone without cutting any of them. Then I try…
Economical and good looking, single-layer flooring is also easy to put down
How a New Mexico pro lays a brick floor without mortar or string lines.
March 1, 1985
Floor trusses have several advantages over floor joists. They span greater distances, they are more uniform and easier to work with, and they eliminate the need for all the drilling…
September 1, 1984
Whether flat-lay or coved, use a felt-paper pattern for best results.
May 1, 1984
Laying tongue-and-groove plywood subfloor usually calls for at least two carpenters. As one wields a sledgehammer on the sheet to be threaded, the other is easing the tongue of this…
March 1, 1984
With production techniques and the right materials, a solid, squeakless floor is a day's work.
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