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Installing Steel I-Beans in a Farmhouse Remodel
Replacing a bearing wall or a post and beam with a steel beam means determining where the beam ends are going to land, and the load path to the foundation. Builder Josh Edmonds walks through the process of installing steel I-beams in a farmhouse remodel, from building temporary walls and cutting out the old beam to raising and fastening the new beam in place.
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The Anatomy of a Box Beam
Most box beams are made of pine or poplar and 2x framing material. But those materials can be expensive and labor-intensive to work. poor dimensional stability is another limitation. use cabinet-grade plywood for blocking and MDF for the finished surface instead; both are relatively inexpensive and stable. structural beams also can be wrapped with MDF.
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Build a Gateway Pergola Step-by-Step
Justin Fink outlines the step-by-step process of building a cedar gateway pergola. He describes the contemporary, Asian-inspired design of the pergola and the materials used for the structural posts and beams. Beginning with the in-shop assembly, he gives instructions for building the timber-frame-style pergola with common power tools. He then moves to the site and shows the assembly of the prefab parts to complete the project.
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5 Reasons to Own a Blower Door
As a contractor, investing in blower-door equipment is a means to diversify your skill set, toolbox, and income stream.
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The Original Larsen Truss
To build the original Larsen trusses, John Larsen would rip 2x4s in half to make a pair of chords. He’d then route dadoes for 3⁄8-in. plywood gussets that would connect the chords every 24 in., using glue and brads as fasteners. The trusses would be attached to a common stick-framed wall with airtight polyethylene sheeting outside of the sheathing. The houses were insulated with fiberglass batts.
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Understanding Larsen Trusses
A Larsen-truss wall has some similarities with a double-¬stud wall, but what’s the difference between the two?
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6 Ways to Stiffen a Bouncy Floor
Bouncy floors are one of the most vexing problems faced in houses, both new and old. Here are six common, and not-so-common, ways to stiffen up the floor joists to reduce deflection and keep the china cabinet from wobbling.
Modifications of the Original Larsen Truss System
Modifications of the Original Larsen Truss System
Modifications of the Original Larsen Truss System
Modifications of the Original Larsen Truss System
Modifications of the Original Larsen Truss System
John Larsen came up with the idea of the Larsen truss as an alternative to double-stud walls in the early 1980s. Read how different builders have taken the idea of the Larsen truss and modified the framing to fit their assemblies.
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The Pros and Cons of a Panelized House
Panelized construction describes walls, floors, and roofs built in a factory and then transported to the project site where they are lifted with a crane and set on a foundation. A crew typically provided by the panel company joins the panels together to create a fully watertight and airtight building enclosure.
Starting the foundation for a stone wall
Creating a Foundation for a Stone Wall
With well-drained soil, foundation preparation can be as simple as removing the topsoil and compacting the grade below. If the soil is prone to settling or holding water—for example, clay or silt—put in a foundation of 3⁄4 in. to 21⁄2 in. of clean, crushed stone.
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A Mantel in Layers
This simple Federal-style mantel is built from the wall out. First comes the foundation boards, then the frieze and pilasters, and finally all the preassembled trim that covers the gaps and seams while adding character.
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Hinge-Style Metal Anchor
Hinge-style metal anchors are popular in residential fall protection, and I always like to keep a few on hand. These metal plates can be fastened to framing using manufacturer-supplied screws (if you can manage to hang onto them from job to job), structural screws (check with the manufacturer), or 16d duplex nails.
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Successful Vapor Control
Durable wall assemblies must consider inside and outside sources of water vapor, and allow drying to exceed wetting over the long haul. This article depicts a number of acceptable wall assemblies and their appropriate use of vapor retarders by climate zone, and also includes a series of questions to determine the best vapor retarder and exterior insulation combination based on your wall assembly and climate.
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The Strength of a Triangle
To offer support and lateral stability while the sill was removed, we fastened 1×6 boards to the studs. Although a single horizontal ledger accomplishes similar goals, we like the inherent strength of fastening three boards in a triangle shape, with pairs of construction screws in each stud.
Chainsaw Retrofit and Energy Performance
Chainsaw Retrofit and Energy Performance
Chainsaw Retrofit and Energy Performance
Chainsaw Retrofit and Energy Performance
Chainsaw Retrofit and Energy Performance
Cutting off the eaves to carry the air and thermal barriers from the wall sheathing to the roof plane is an effective performance upgrade for some old homes.