Exterior Sheathing Options

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    Most wear on your home will come from external elements. Wind, rain, snow, ice and uv rays from sunlight will all cause your home to break down over time. Unfortunately there is little you can do to stop its final demise but choosing the right products during construction will help extend the life of your home.
    In about 1950 new building materials standards improved the quality of available lumber. Timber mills began to test, grade and size dimensional lumber …

    Brad and Finish Nail Guns

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      Brad Nail Gun Smaller then their Framing Nailer counterparts Brad and Finish nail guns are used mostly by Finish Carpenters to install Moldings, Cabinets, Interior Doors and Build Decks.

      The size and amount of fasteners that you need to use will dictate whether you choose electric or pneumatic guns. Air Nailer are great when you know you need to use either a larger nail or a lot of nails in a short period …

      Pneumatic Framing Nail Guns

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        Framing Nail GunNail guns now come in as many varieties as manual hammers. In this HowTo we will cover how to select and use a framing nail gun.
        There are 3 basic factors in your choice of a nail gun.
        1) Will you use Full Round Head Nails or Clipped Head Nails

        Round Head Nails have a higher holding capacity then clipped head nails. For this …

        Introduction to House Framing

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          Framing refers to the process of building the structure of the house. Once the foundation is established carpenters begin to build the frame of the house with nominal sized 2x lumber and plywood material.

          The methods used for building the frame of the house vary by region, the materials being used and builders experience. All builders will have a different way of getting the work done but the inspection process will make sure that general standards are adhered …

          Steel and Wood Beams

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              Steel and Wood beams are used throughout homes and commercial buildings to provide proper distribution of floor and wall loads. There are a few different types of beam designs and various materials that can be used but the most important factor is matching the structural rating of the beam to the loads being supported. For this reason under most conditions Beams will need to be specified by an Architect or Structural Engineer.

            Mid-span Beams are the most common type used …

            HowTo – Staining Your Deck

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              With proper maintenance your deck can last years longer so taking a half a day to paint it should not be looked at as a nasty chore but a protection of your investment.

              Penetration into the wood is the main difference between Paints and Stains.

              Paints can be thought of as a thick outer shell that will fail once it is chipped off. Stain will enter into the wood and continue to protect the wood …

              Planning your Deck Project

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                Every good project starts with a good plan and although Decks are a pretty simple project you will probably need to submit plans to your Building Official to get a permit for construction.

                For specifications of how detailed your plans need to be you should call your local permit office and ask them what they will need from you.

                Most areas will require:

                • A Plot Plan of your homes lot showing the location and …

                Lumber Manufacturers

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                  Elk Building Products (composite lumber)

                  Georgia Pacific


                  TimberTech (composite lumber)