How To Get the Best Contractor 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.