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DEAR TIM: Our four-year-old house's attic creaks as well as has cracking noises during windy times. The sounds are very loud, waking us up. It sounds like something is going to come crashing down through the ceiling above our bed. It's very unsettling! The builder sent fellow to add 2x4's to some of the trusses. […]

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Anthony DiStefano is an inspiration for all of us. He lives in Ocala, FL, and loves to work on cars.  "I watched your video and I was wondering if you would give me some off-the-record advise about my garage idea. We have a 3 car attached hip roof CB constructed garage, W-trusses running front to back […]

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Dave Keith is working on his home in Syracuse, NY. It's an old one! "I need to know about footers for LALLY COLUMNS. I am fixing an 1870's house, two story, water damage. I will be adding many jack post/lally columns to level up floors and shorten floor joist runs(some 18 foot). Do the footers […]

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Quick Column Summary: How do you create a roof rafter You need 4 simple tools and geometry How to determine your roof slope DEAR TIM: I'm now retired and starting to attack a huge list of projects. One of them is building a simple shed and I have no clue how to cut and create […]

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Quick Column Summary: Walkout basement being built One wall will be framed and the others poured concrete The framed wall will be fine Better insulation and no structural issues Zhou (Joe) Yuan emailed me today with a fascinating question about his new home under construction that has a walkout basement: "I'm building a new house […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to create room in attic Comparing roof trusses with roof framing Get a structural engineer involved DEAR TIM: My family is growing and I need to move my home office. I looked up into the attic over my garage that’s built with standard roof trusses. There’s plenty of room to create […]

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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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Buildings collapse for many reasons, but who would ever think a pesky thunderstorm could cause it to happen? If you're remodeling your home and REMOVE plywood or OSB sheathing on the walls, you could be asking for trouble. Diagonal bracing on houses PREVENTS the walls from racking and folding down on themselves. You need to […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm building a new home and two concrete block piers toppled over when a ladder was leaned against one. The one pier crashed into the second one. Why did this happen and what could have prevented it? I thought concrete block was the smart product to use for my foundation and home, but […]

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