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  • Joist Hangers

    Joist Hangers

    When building a deck and using joist hangers, be sure to use the proper nails.  Many joist support systems, or truss hangers, recommend nails or fasteners that are approved for their hangers. If the joist hangers your carpenter used are approved for use with the newer ACQ treated lumber, you should have nothing to worry about.

  • Engraved Brick

    Engraved Brick

    Engraved brick pavers are nothing new. Engraved bricks have been around for hundreds of years. Today, there are laser engraved bricks that can create personalized bricks with almost anything etched on the brick.

  • Deck Piers

    Deck Piers

    When building a deck, it is important to have solid deck piers that don't move with frost action. You can support wooden deck posts with deck piers in any number of ways. A concrete deck pier can provide a stable platform for your deck posts.

  • November 16, 2010 AsktheBuilder Tips And News

    November 16, 2010 AsktheBuilder Tips And News

    In this issue, I have returned from traveling coast-to-coast, improvements to the Checklists, a super energy-efficient house, a crazy heel problem and shoes that might help, new technological trends in smartphones and my latest columns.

  • Sheathing


    OSB sheathing has now pushed plywood aside as the main stay for housing construction. The fiberboard sheathing serves several purposes mainly it is a structural material. The sheathing prevents the wall from racking from side to side.

  • Clogged Toilet

    Clogged Toilet

    Just about everyone has to deal with a clogged toilet from time-to-time. Did you know it is possible to unclog a toilet without a plunger? A bucket of water can free a toilet clog.



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