May 1, 1986
Use good tools and the right technique.
Inexpensive, stable and easy to install, steel is becoming popular for interior partitions.
January 1, 1986
Strong and efficient, floor trusses may someday replace wood joists as the builder's favorite floor frame.
November 1, 1985
With three or four of the site-built wall jacks shown in the drawing, a two-man crew can lift 30-ft. to 40-ft. long stud walls. Each jack is made of a…
A guide to the basics of deck construction.
September 1, 1985
A graphic way to lay out rafters without using tables.
July 1, 1985
I've found that a framing square with stair gauges is a good tool for doing layout on wall plates. I clip the gauges on the long blade of the square,…
When I have to attach a rafter to a beam with a joist hanger, I find it helpful to kerf the rafter's plumb cut with a skillsaw. Then I can…
A useful technique for old-house remodelers and those who build alone.
May 1, 1985
Tim Pelton's tip on blocking 45° corners is fine, but I think I've got a better method. I rip a 4x4 on the bandsaw as shown in the drawing, with…
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