Construction Basics

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Chamfered Edge

A chamfered edge is another name for beveled edges. A chamfered edge is used in carpentry to fill and

Corner Braces

Corner braces are used in many building projects to help strengthen various supports. When building hanging

Dado Joint

A stopped dado joint is a special kind of joint to hold together two boards intersecting at a 90 degree

How to Pour A Slab Foundation

A slab foundation is a simple concept. Basically, it's a concrete pad poured on the ground so in

Joist Hanger

Whenever you build a floor or deck structure you should look into using a joist hanger. In fact you would

Frieze Board

The frieze board can be confusing to attach when in the middle of the building process. By following

Let-In Brace

A let-in brace is a way of bracing studs around a window, or other places where cut off studs are used.

Lap Joint

A lap joint is mainly seen in the welding field when it’s used to help extend a piece of steel

Pilaster

A pilaster is a rectangular support which resembles a flat column. The pilaster projects only slightly

Ribbon

In construction terms a ribbon refers to a board or lengths of board which are nailed to wall studs for

Soft Costs

In construction, there are four divisions of cost: soft costs, hard costs, land, and the contingency

Stair Carriage

A stair carriage is framing underneath stairs which functions to add support to the entire structure. How

Suspended Ceiling

A suspended ceiling is a hung ceiling or dropped ceiling. It is also called a secondary ceiling, or a

Tambour Door

A tambour door is often used on desks, garages, and in kitchens. It is made up of several interlocking

Wainscoting

Wainscoting is made up of several panels of wood that have been nailed to the bottom section of a wall.

Volume Ceiling

Building a volume ceiling on your house can create a whole new look to the house. There are many different

Wood for a Home Foundation?

We all know a home's foundation needs to be solid, strong and if not permanent at least able to

Nominal Dimension

In construction, we rely on dimensions and certain measures to make our projects come together. For terms

Gusset

A gusset is used to help strengthen a triangular or trapezoidal metal or wood joint. The most common

Bottom Chord

The bottom chord is the bottom horizontal or inclined member of a truss. The bottom chord is also called

Geodesic Dome Construction Tips

There are many important things to keep in mind when you are planning the construction of your own geodesic

Chase

A chase is a small, enclosed space which is used to accommodate piping, duct-work, or other utilities

How is Hazard Occupancy Defined in the Uniform Building Code?

According to the Uniform Building Code, a hazard occupancy is a measure of the risk and consequences

Modulus of Elasticity

No matter what material you use for any construction or for the preparation of any item, it is very important

The Basics of the Residential Building Code Explained

When constructing or renovating your home, understanding the residential building code is crucial. Prior

Finding a List of Newly Pulled Construction Permits

New construction requires construction permits. Cities and other governments entities inspect and approve

Construction Permits vs. Building Permits

Construction permits are essential for any building projects, but have you ever stopped to consider the

How to Build a Room: The Basics

Adding a new room to your home is a difficult project, but it can be done by keeping a few things in mind.

Stilt House Building Basics

What you need to know about building a stilt house.

How to Fasten Sheet Metal to Wood

Fastening sheet metal to wood is required in some construction projects.

How To Install Drain Tile

Drain tile is best installed immediately after the footer of new house is complete, but it is possible to install on a completed house to prevent basement flooding.

Cutting Plexiglass with a Jigsaw

When cutting plexiglass you have the option of using a number of different power saws including a table

How to Cut Plexiglass with a Table Saw

Pexiglass is acutally a type of plastic.

How to Cut Plexiglass

Plexiglass has a number of useful applications, but only if you can cut it to fit each job.

How to Insert a Door or Window in a Load-bearing Wall

You can't afford to mess up adding a window or door to a load-bearing wall, so get the proper steps and advice first.

Is Wire Mesh Always Needed When Doing a Scratch Coat

Mesh adds structural support and adhesion.

Build Quality of Two Step Stair

A step stair unit can be a very helpful tool.

Brick Molding

If you've heard of "brick mold" but aren't sure what it is or what type you might need for your project, check out this article.