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Benefits of Continuous Exterior Insulation

Continuous exterior insulation is a newer, popular way to support optimal thermal and moisture protection for new builds, additions, and some…



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To Vent or Not to Vent a Home?

The Model ReModel 2022 remodeler must make a decision for the net-zero accessory dwelling unit

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What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?

Model ReModel 2022 will undergo a deep energy retrofit—here's how.

Jobsite Know-How

How to Solve the Deck Ledger Problem in Fat Walls

Brick veneer and rigid exterior foam raise questions about deck ledger connections. We provide some answers.

How To Cut and Install Stair Stringers

Part 2 on the basics of building a straight run of stairs

3 Materials That May Forever Change the Home’s Makeup

With price spikes and shortages of traditional building materials, it may be time to start considering non-traditional ones

Cross-Linking: A New Glue

'Hyper glue' formula may increase the strength and corrosion resistance in materials typically held together by adhesives

How to Make Sure Flashing Tape Sticks

A look at what makes flashing tape so sticky and why the way you install it determines how well it stays stuck

Understanding Relative Humidity

How much moisture air can hold depends on the temperature, which is why they call it “relative humidity.” Here’s how it works and why it matters.

How and Where Radiant Barriers Work

Foil blocks heat transfer best if it stays clean, is adjacent to an airspace, and the delta is large enough. 

Framing With Thick ZIPs

This cold-climate wall system allows for smooth old-to-new transitions and incorporates a flush-framed deck ledger detail

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