When joining deck joists over a center beam, overlapping them is the simplest, but butting them over the center beam will allow you to maintain one continuous line of fasteners.
How the various code provisions for joist span, blocking, notching, and bearing lengths work together to prevent floors from deflecting.
Tested and approved installation details to help you build safer deck railings.
When it's not possible to dig frost-depth footings, a freestanding deck may be the best option.
Summer upstairs ventilation, OSB vs plywood, and insulating rim joists.
Use spray foam or rigid foam to insulate and air-seal this commonly ignored part of the house
Stop energy losses with a spray-foam kit.
Living in North America’s northernmost rain forest has forced me to become good at repairing rotten rim joists. One part of the job that always gave me a hard time…
Use simple lifting techniques and reliable flashing details to make this an easy and permanent repair.
One of the first things we do on a new framing site is to build a "twister" to help straighten corkscrewed lumber. Our twisters are made of two 3-ft. 2x4s…
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