September 1, 1983
Precision-ground concrete blocks make it easy to build a wall.
March 1, 1983
A good rock supply, tight joints and hidden mortar are the secret to the solid, structural look.
January 1, 1983
A strong, fast and inexpensive alternative to poured-concrete or block-in-mortar walls.
November 1, 1982
Raising an exterior wall on a second story can be awkward. Here are two tips to make this operation safer. Nail 12-in. 2x4s every 4 ft. to the outside edge…
An ancient building method made easier by new technology.
May 1, 1982
When plumbing and lining a frame, I use this trick if I encounter a stubborn exterior wall, bristling with headers and bowed outward. Nail a 2x4 scrap flat to the…
The scissor-like tool illustrated here can be useful in plumbing and aligning stud walls during framing. With it, a worker can exert and maintain great pressure against a wall while…
The easiest way to keep the bottom plate of a framed wall from walking when it is being raised is to toenail it into the subfloor. The nails bend easily…
March 1, 1982
Putting studs into the wall beneath the end rafters of a peaked roof can be time-consuming, but two simple jigs make it easy. Using a carpenter's square (or a calculator),…
Rigid exterior insulation should not be attached to foundation walls (as commonly recommended in passive solar manuals) in any area where subterranean termites are found. It gives termites hidden access…
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