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My Best IBS Yet
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My Best IBS Yet

BUILDER's Sandra Malm reflects on lessons learned from 2015 Design & Construction... More

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How-To Install New Drainable EIFS How-To Install New Drainable EIFS

New “drainable EIFS” that have backup drainage to let water out if it leaks past the outer skin. More

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Reverse-Lapped Step Flashing

If step flashing isn’t tucked behind the housewrap on the wall above, rainwater can drain into the walls below More

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Drainable EIFS

Exterior insulation and finish systems took a beating when “barrier” systems failed widely in the 1990s, but EIFS are back in a new, robust form More

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Resources for Constructing Closed Crawlspaces

Online resources provide tips on how to construct closed crawlspaces. More

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Balancing air-conditioning supply and return Balancing air-conditioning supply and return

For best performance, air-conditioning supply and return airflows should match. More

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How to Backfill a Foundation How to Backfill a Foundation

Careful backfilling reduces risks and improves quality. More

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Custom Flashing for Roof/Wall Junctures Custom Flashing for Roof/Wall Junctures

When tile roofs meet stucco walls it's worth the time and expense to install a thorough flashing system to prevent leaks. More

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7 Strategies for Smooth Underlayment Installation

When working with vinyl floorcovering, any blemishes below the surface are destined to show through, making it essential to properly prep the subfloor. More

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Accurate Rough Openings in 4 Easy Steps

These simple tips will ensure precise, clean cuts in your sheathing every time. More

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