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I’m installing subfloor and want to be sure the joists and subfloor are protected against moisture.

Besides making sure you take care of any drainage problems, provide adequate ventilation to the basement and use a ground cover vapor retarder in...

 

What should I use to fasten the subfloor I just bought?

Use a construction adhesive to glue it to the joists, then use 8d common...

 

Will OSB expand and contract like plywood?

OSB has a tendency to expand and contract, although manufacturers have come out with better resins that have made them more and more stable. When...

 

What is the benefit of using an engineered product over solid timber?

Engineered lumber may be available in longer lengths and is more uniform than solid timber; it doesn’t have knots, warping or cupping. Since it is...

 

Is OSB stronger than plywood?

They are actually mostly interchangeable. Both are manufactured to the same performance...

 

How can I tell how much span the I-Joist will handle?

Use a span table for rated...

 

What is the advantage of using glulam beams?

Glulam beams can span long distances and they are much stronger than dimensional lumber. Glulam can also be engineered to meet specific construction...

 

Are their any special instructions for storing glulams on the jobsite?

Sunlight can discolor beams, so wrap them in an opaque covering, and keep them off the ground to prevent contact with moisture. In some cases, beams...

 

What type of plywood should I use as a subfloor for the floor I’m installing?

Use plywood designed to be used as a subfloor. This kind is lightly sanded on one side and doesn’t have gaps or voids in the inner layers, making...

 

What type of saw blade should I use to cut plywood?

You can buy a plywood blade, specially designed with teeth to cut...

 
 
 


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