September 1, 1984
Until recently, framing walls with 45° angles had been something of a pain. I'd always end up with an odd-shaped void right on the corner on the outside face of…
July 1, 1984
A production method for translating the blueprints to the wall plates.
When I build stick-framed walls, I precut a portion of the sole plate where it has to be removed for doorways. I use my skillsaw to make kerfs about 3/4…
March 1, 1984
Here's a quick way to get a tight joint with 3/4-in. thick rake boards where they meet at the roof peak. Tack your two rake boards in place on the…
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…
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