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Quick Column Summary: Can I modify trusses to add a room Work with a structural engineer Take off roof to make it manageable Mike, from Cleveland, Ohio, wrote to me: Tim, great reading your tips. I've got a question, I would like to convert the attic above my garage into a living space. Access is […]

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Quick Column Summary: Can you vault roof rafters Standard trusses won't modify easily Common framed house can create vaulted ceiling Work with structural engineer Roof rafters, unless the roof is flat, by their very nature are vaulted. Vaulted means installed at a slope. If your house is built with standard trusses, you can't modify the […]

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Quick Column Summary: Cut an arch in a doorway framed in brick Creating Arched Openings Make arched form to hold brick in place Steve Clake, who lives in England, emailed me on May 26, 2014 with this: "Tim, I would like to make an opening for a new door and round off the corners to […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm in a pickle and not liking it. I moved into an existing home only to discover a few months ago the shingles on my roof are defective. Fortunately, the previous homeowner saved all his product brochures and I know the brand and type of shingle. But I've run into resistance with the […]

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Building stair steps can be a very difficult job. Getting the proper distance for the risers and treads can be a mathematical challenge. Local building codes need to be reviewed when building the staircase.

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With fall in the air, the weather can get colder and wetter. You need to consider how to protect your home construction building materials from the elements. Manufactured housing options can save time when doing home construction late in the building season.

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Aluminum stands are now available to move your saw on and provide a solid, rigid and level working surface. Attaching the brackets to a saw takes but minutes. The brackets are equipped with spring-loaded clamps that allow you to place the saw at an infinite number of positions on the stand.

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Building a wall for a shed or a house is not that hard, but then again, there are many places you can make a mistake. Understand there are many ways to achieve your wall-building goal. What follows are methods I’ve used to build walls that are square, plumb and level.

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With mortgage rates at all-time lows, it is a great time to build a new house. Having complete and detailed house plans is a must. A complete set of blueprints ensures the job is done according to the specifications with no room for interruption.

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