How To Deal With Floor Joists That Need To Be Cut Or Moved For Plumbing

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    One of our friends asks about a bathroom remodel they are doing and while replacing their toilet the installation of the new waste line means they need to cut into a joist more than they should. When doing this you will be weakening the structure around an important area that needs to carry some weight. He wants to know what the best way to handle this is.

    Its always disappointing when you run into this type …

    How To Know If Wall Cracks Are Pointing To Foundation Problems

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      A friend asks about a new home they just bought. It is a 1950’s home that was built on cement block and the home is in general good condition for its age. Obviously there needs to be a lot of upgrades performed to bring it up to today’s standards but it is livable and most of the upgrades will be performed as time allows and not because they are required.

      The problem they are having is …

      How To Repair Someones Failed Attempt At A Garage Door Install

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        Ok, so this is a pretty bad project but a guy was asking what he could do to seal a garage floor that was extending past the opening of the garage door.

        At first glance I thought ok someone decided that they wanted to install a wood floor in their garage and maybe it is an older home with an attached garage where they didn’t have the money to install concrete and didn’t want to …

        Performance Considerations of OSB Vs Plywood in Residential Roof Construction

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          When building or buying a home you want to make sure that you understand the materials used in its construction, the construction methods used for those materials and how this relates to the quality of the resulting project and your overall safety.

          For this reason there has been a number of research labs that have inspected the results of hurricanes and other natural disasters along with normal wear on building materials to come up with …

          How To – Joist Beam Dimension Chart for Deck Building

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            The following chart provides the distances and sizes of lumber necessary to build the beams that support your deck.

            The size on the left column describes the size of the beam necessary.

            For instance the left column may say 2-2×10″ which means you need to use Two – 2 inch x 10 inch boards that are nailed together to build the beam that supports your joists.

            When in doubt use a larger size beam meaning go up …

            How To – The use of glue laminated beams in residential construction

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              To reduce the cost and size of beams required in residential construction glue laminated products have been designed to reduce conventional framing.

              Glue laminated beams may be used in variety of locations including but not limited to rim joists, stairway and window and door headers.  They can be used alone or they can be used in built up beams.

              Because of their higher structural strength glued laminated beams can replace steel in many locations however in …

              How To – Plywood siding residential construction

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                Although normally signing is applied over exterior she then which has been protected by a vapor barrier some contractors to make use of single wall systems.

                In a single wall system the exterior sheathing is the finished product.  Where normally the vapor barrier would be applied over the exterior sheathing the plywood siding is applied directly to the studs.  This means a vapor barrier must be applied from the interior of the home.

                Because plywood siding …

                How To – Understanding species type when selecting lumber for framing

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                  There are a variety of different tree species types used in home construction.  Although from their visual appearance you may not consider framing grade lumber to be hardwood it is.

                  Most consumers consider woods such as oak, walnut or mahogany when they are thinking of hardwood however pine, spruce, Douglas fir and other woods are considered hardwood and used in the framing process.

                  When selecting hardwood for framing and using structural span charts it is important …

                  How To – Selecting the right plywood for residential construction

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                    There are a variety of locations within your home where plywood is used.  Plywood can be constructed of either layers of wood that are glued together or chips of wood that are oriented to obtain a specific structural strength.

                    Standard plywood is made of layers that are glued together.  When logs go through a plywood mill a thin layer of wood is stripped from the logs in a similar method to a pencil sharpener.  These …

                    How To – Understanding lumber grading and selection for framing

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                      There are three main grades of lumber that are commonly used in structural framing.  A fourth category may be found in pre-made trusses but this material is not normally available to the general contractor.

                      The first grade of lumber is light framing.  This grade of lumber is considered utility grade lumber and should not be used for framing walls or used as joists in either residential construction, commercial construction or where structural support is required.  …