March 1, 1994
Q: We bought our existing home two years ago, and since that time the basement walls, which the previous owner painted white, have blistered and begun showing brown streaks. The walls…
July 1, 1993
Q: We recently purchased a 100-year-old Victorian house in Illinois. The wood siding was badly neglected, and we’re considering putting up vinyl siding. Should we retrofit some type of vapor barrier…
May 1, 1993
For a long, healthy life, these structures need a breath of fresh air.
If you think ahead, you can avoid nail pops, cracked drywall and sloping floors.
March 1, 1993
Q: In my fairly new town house, the ABS plastic drainage pipe from the upstairs baths and laundry is located just above the living-room and dining-room ceilings, and the flush…
When nailing together built-up window and door headers, I use 1/2-in. foam insulation between the 2x stock instead of 1/2-in. plywood (see drawing). The sheathing -- whether foam board or…
Q: I’m getting ready to build a spa room like the one featured in the article “Adding a Craftsman Spa Room” (FHB #58, pp. 58-61). My biggest concern is moisture control.…
January 1, 1993
Site-built panels that hold up under the stress of concrete.
Sifting through the wreckage of Hurricane Andrew to learn why some houses survived and some didn't
November 1, 1992
These simple techniques save energy in new construction.
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