More shoddy framing
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Figuring out what was wrong with my framing was a huge and daunting task, and it was obvious that big mistakes had been made literally from the day the lumber hit the foundation. Wood will pull moisture out of concrete … Read More

Siding selection
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Despite setbacks with the framing job, I’m trying to push ahead with other aspects of the project. One of the biggest upcoming steps is choosing the siding for the house. Siding is attached over the structural sheathing and forms the … Read More

Shoddy framing
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This is not a post I wanted to write, but I said I’d be open about mistakes and this one was a big one. Well, a lot of big ones. I knew I didn’t have the knowledge to frame a … Read More

Back Soon
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If there’s one thing that every housebuilding project has in common, it’s that there are inevitable ups and downs. I’ve run into a few major hurdles already, some of which I’ve shared and some of which I haven’t. At times … Read More

European windows
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Mavrik just e-mailed these photos of my windows packaged for shipping. I spent a ton of time researching and pricing out windows from various suppliers in both North America and Europe. In the end I decided to buy my glass … Read More

Seismic and wind hardware
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Metal straps, holdowns, and twist straps designed to help the house resist seismic and wind forces. There’s a ton of hardware in this thing: one framer told me I have as much metal as a typical new 6,000-square foot Anchorage … Read More

Window Framing
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Even if you’re not doing the framing yourself, it’s helpful to know some basic terminology (if only so you’re not confused by all the references to “jack studs” and “cripples” on your job site). Basic window framing is a pretty … Read More

Winter light
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Headed up to the house today to shovel snow that blew through the window openings. I was really happy to see just about every room in the house full of warm natural light. As noted in my May 18, 2019 … Read More

Anchorage building standards
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Frost and ice forming on a window in the place I’m currently renting. Yes, it’s a double-pane. And yes, that’s the inside of the window. Last week, the ice got so thick it started creeping down the windowpane onto the … Read More

Master suite framing
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I drove up to the site today to find that temps had risen enough for the framers to get back to work. They’d set up a propane heater in the shipping container to keep the pneumatic compressors and tools warm, … Read More

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