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Tim Carter describes wall sheathing technology of 2010 and sheathing materials used from the late 1800's to the present. Wall sheathing not only helps protect the house from weather, but adds structural strength.

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Tim Carter describes the importance of a treated lumber sill plate in a wood-framed house. In addition, a layer of foam between the masonry foundation and the sill plate will help stop drafts into your house.

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Tim Carter describes how stacked framing is the best structural way to construct a wood-framed house. Stacking the roof rafters directly over the wall studs, which are directly over the floor joists, from the top of the roof down to the foundation, will provide a strong house frame.

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Tim Carter describes several ways to use diagonal bracing while constructing a wood-framed house. The bracing keeps the house square while it is under construction. The weight from other components or the affects of wind can cause problems without this bracing.

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Wood beams can be found in many homes. Remodeling may require you to install a new beam next to an existing beam that may be too short or too weak. Wood ceiling beams need to be through bolted when they are connected. You must use the right through bolts and drill holes through the wood beams that match the diameter of the bolts.

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