March 1, 1987
Whenever I'm nailing down the first row of plywood on a roof that will have soffits, I use a pair of jigs shown in the drawing to position the panels.…
November 1, 1986
Turning your attic into living space may be the remedy for your growing pains.
Bandsawing gingerbread takes method and practice.
September 1, 1986
When we have to work on a steep pitch where nailed-on footholds are impractical, such as metal or fiberglass roofs, we like to stand on a ladder that hangs from…
July 1, 1986
Most of the older houses where I live have asphalt shingles laid right on top of the original wooden shingles. When it's time to tear them all off in preparation…
September 1, 1985
A graphic way to lay out rafters without using tables.
Stripping the old shingles off a house is a messy job by anybody's standards. The accumulated pieces of cedar or asphalt tend to rain down around the house, often damaging…
July 1, 1985
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.
People who have worked with roofing slate know the value of a good slater's hammer for punching, breaking and trimming brittle slates. After using a traditional slater's hammer borrowed from…
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