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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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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 a simple roof rafter. I know it can't be that hard, but I'm confused. Surely you've cut your share. What's the process and […]

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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 in Pittsburgh PA. This is my first home and I've been learning many aspects about building a house to make sure mine is well-designed before the builder breaks the […]

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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 a room. How do I cut and modify the trusses to create an open space like the attic in the […]

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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 not an issue as it's also in front of another room upstairs that I can put a door in the wall. There's plenty […]

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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 trusses easily and make a vaulted ceiling. If your house is common framed with traditional rafters and you have a flat ceiling, you can […]

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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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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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