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Repair roof truss uplift problems before the start. If you happen to be building a house now, borrow a step ladder and inspect the trusses which pass over interior walls. If not, and you need to repair existing truss uplift problems, complete your repair in two phases during winter and summer by using proper L-brackets, drywall clips and retention blocks.

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Truss uplift framing hardware is made by just a few companies. They make a multitude of rough framing connectors. These are metal plates, joist hangers, post/beam connectors, hurricane clips, post bases and truss clips. There are many, many other connectors as well. The two companies listed below are by far the biggest players in the market.

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Here are two manufacturers of the authentic stamped metal ceiling and wall plates. Several other companies distribute products for the one manufacturer. One other company that I am aware of makes panels from more recent dies. You should be able to get whatever you want and the prices will be competitive. Many, if not all, of the companies will ship directly to you.

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Have you ever had a real malted milk shake? I mean, one made using ice cream made from real cream? Well, if you come to Cincinnati, Ohio, you must go to Aglamesis Ice Cream parlor on Madison Road in Oakley. As your head tilts back while you're waiting for that last drop to drip from the old fashioned metal mixing cup, you will undoubtedly see the 100 year old original metal stamped ceiling. The 14 foot metal ceiling has a rich center pattern, a detailed filler strip and is finished off with a handsomely detailed metal cornice or crown molding. The ceiling looks to be in excellent condition. It is a testimonial to the people who made the material and installed it. I often wonder how many materials that are installed this year will be around 100 years from now?

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Let's change that plain vaulted ceiling into a spectacular wood ceiling. You will need a few simple tools, some scaffolding and beautiful tongue and groove lumber. The change will be amazing!

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Acoustical ceiling tiles are great for noise reduction and soundproofing. The soundproofing material is made from spun mineral wool fiber mixed with starch. Your choices of different patterns and grid systems have increased tremendously.

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Ceiling cracks can be caused by your roof trusses absorbing moisture during hot weather. This truss uplift can be controlled by the homeowner with a little effort or by getting the builder to install L-shaped truss clips on the top of interior walls.

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Decorative metal ceilings are back! Your choices of style, pattern and metal are many. Metal ceilings are affordable and easier than ever to install.

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Building a vaulted ceiling can be accomplished by the DIY'r, however you must be a very good DIY'r. Check first with a structural engineer. You don't want your roof to collapse. Try to think of building for the future with added electrical wiring.

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