Archives: Structure

Vinyl Siding Leaks – Period!

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Understanding The Limits of Vinyl Siding Today as I was driving home for lunch I passed a new home under construction and witnessed something that really bothered me. A contractor was installing vinyl siding on a new home that was sheathed with OSB. However, there was one very crucial detail missing that really bothered me.…

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Spring Decking and Fencing Projects

By Todd Fratzel on Decks & Porches

Tips for Deck and Fence Projects With Spring finally here many of us are considering deck and fencing projects. Maybe you’re considering having a new deck or fence built. Maybe it’s time to refinish your deck or add some new decorative touches to your tired deck. Spring is the perfect time to plan these projects…

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Attic Vapor Barrier & Insulation

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation

Attic Vapor Barrier for Insulation in Cold Climates? Insulation details change about as often as the weather here in New England. One question that seems to come up is whether or not to use a vapor barrier with attic insulation in cold climates? The answer to this question seems to have changed in recent years…

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Bay Window Floor Insulation Detail

By Todd Fratzel on Insulation

Bay Window and Floor Deck Cantilever Insulation Details I’ve written quite a few articles on how to insulate basement walls and floors but one more specific topic related to this subject keeps coming up and that’s how to insulate a bay window floor or cantilever floor framing. In this article I’ll share a detail for…

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Custom Colonial Style Fireplace Mantel

By Todd Fratzel on Finish Carpentry, Interior Decorating

Custom Fireplace Mantel There’s something about a beautiful fireplace and mantel that really makes a home feel warm and inviting. A fireplace mantel can also be a beautiful prominent architectural feature. I’ve built a couple custom mantels over the years and the one featured in this article is my latest one in our new home.…

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Selecting TJI Floor Joist Sizes

By Todd Fratzel on Framing

Sizing Trus Joist TJI’s I’ve received dozens of emails asking me how you size TJI’s for a new home. Sizing Trus Joist brand TJI’s isn’t really that difficult once you understand the issues. Most people think that joists are sized based on minimum design loads. That is ultimately true, however, loading doesn’t usually govern the…

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Winter Window Condensation – Sweaty Windows

By Todd Fratzel on Air Conditioning, Windows

What Causes Window Condensation Each winter I’m asked repeatedly why new energy efficient windows have condensation on them. I’ve written several articles about window condensation, Winter Window Condensation Problems, Window Condensation – Part II, and More On Winter Window Condensation, but I thought it was worth reviewing the issues because it seems to be so…

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Asbestos Siding – Remove It or Leave It Alone?

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim

Should You Remove Asbestos Cement Siding? Here in New England there are thousands of homes with Asbestos Cement Siding. Not only can it be really ugly but many home owners fear the obvious health risks and financial liability that may be associated with it. Many homeowners often ask whether or not they should have it…

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