More stories about Walls

  • A Bizarre Automatic Plastering Machine

    It’s hard to believe this thing actually works. Whether it can earn its keep is another matter.

  • Bosch GLL 3-50 Laser

    This new combination laser can be used in place of a plumb bob and to project plumb, level, and square layout onto floors, walls, and ceilings.

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  • Shear Wall System

    On one recent project the architect and engineer wrangled about a suitable window-to-wall ratio. The result was a system with massive timber columns, interior and exterior plywood, full-height steel rods, and about every size hold-down in the universe. It was costly and complicated, and we were...

  • A New Kind Of Concrete Code

    Construction codes often can be a source of frustration when they're so complex that implementing them causes hassles that delay work or, worse yet, halt it indefinitely and needlessly. And specifically, residential concrete construction has been handcuffed by needless complexity and...

  • Framing Gable and Shed Dormers

    Whenever adding any type of dormer, it's essential to determine the roof load and design the load path transfer to the existing floor joists or roof rafters. Then you can ensure adequate bearing points, or add framing and install beams to carry the loads through the walls down to the foundation. It...