May 1, 1998
Q: A lot of homes in the coastal area of Cape Cod Bay were built with strange, inadequate roof systems. The steeply pitched roofs are insulated only with 1-in. foam over…
As I put up a layer of foam-board insulation on my ceiling, I ran into the problem of how to cut the holes for the ceiling-light electrical boxes. As luck…
January 1, 1998
A survey of methods and materials used to build warm, inexpensive and strong corners.
May 1, 1997
Faced with maximizing the insulation of an existing cathedral ceiling, we were able to improve the usual insulation value by making our own vent chutes. As shown in the drawing,…
March 1, 1997
Q: The roof of my house has a valley with a living space directly below. The rafter bays were not insulated adequately when the house was built, and because the rafters…
January 1, 1997
Here's a money-saving idea for insulating a cathedral ceiling. Although we're not required to put blocking between rafters along the plate line, we usually do so to keep the insulation…
Today's sheathing materials offer strength, energy efficiency, economy, and fire-and water-resistance — but not all in the same package.
November 1, 1996
Exterior insulation and finish systems provide an attractive, energy-efficient, low-maintenance siding; but should you trust them on your house given their recent failures?
Forget about weatherstripping doors and windows. Sealing and insulating the attic are the keys to lower heating bills and a more comfortable house.
May 1, 1996
Q: My 67-year-old farmhouse has pine flooring with no subfloor on 2x6 joists over an open crawlspace. The wood all appears to be in excellent condition, kept dry no doubt by…
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