## How to Build Barn Doors

Learn how to build doors for barns from wood using this simple technique. This works well with any sized door on old barns and new ones. Frame Use a minimum of 1 x 4 for the door frame. The lighter a door is, the easier it will be to build, maintain, and use. However, you […]

## How to install roof decking

Intro to Roof Decking How to install  4 x 8 sheets to a roof for decking. This simple procedure works the same for the thinnest 7/16″ OSB to the the thickest 3/4″ CDX. The main priority for anything to do with a roof is safety. If you are not familiar with climbing, then you should […]

## Use app to square up layouts

Step by step instructions for squaring up layouts using the Feet and inch construction calculator app. Click on the hamburger in the top left corner to open the wizard menu. Select the diagonal wizard. Use the calculator to enter the value for Side 1. Click the equals button. Use the calculator to enter the value […]

## Step Treads for Wooden Deck Staircase

How to install or replace step treads on outside stairs.  Determine the best size material for every situation and learn to turn them the best way. Stair Treads Each step must be a minimum of an 11″ deep tread according to the 2012 International Residential Code. This is also the case for most every other […]

## Nails vs Screws for treated decks

Preparing to build your own deck from pressure treated lumber?  Here are some things to consider before deciding whether or not to use nails or screws. Nails If the deck will be inspected, then use the proper nails. Nails are faster. Nails are cheaper. Even though this pretty much sums it up, there are cases […]

## Understanding the Square Footage of a House

How to quickly and easily calculate how many square feet are in a house. Learn what to count and what not to count and where to measure. Here is my free Android app. Square Feet To solve for area for a rectangle, you simply multiply the width by the length. Sometimes, solving for the square […]

## Making Roof Trusses

Roof trusses are fabricated from individual framing members so they behave as a single object. They are typically engineered, but can also be home built. Home built versions can work great for shops and barns or anything else that must clear span (no posts or beams). Just know that if your project involves building inspectors, […]

## Introduction to Roof Framing

From the very beginning of my framing career I was fascinated by roof framing. It was obvious to me, even at such an early age, that this was not easy thing. It was clear to me right off the bat that it involved extreme climbing, heavy lumber, harsh temperatures, and unbelievable schedules (not to mention […]

## Build your own concrete foundation forms

Concrete Foundation Forms 2 x 4’s and 3/4″ forming plywood works best. The form will be lightweight and strong. If they will be reused, then use treated lumber. The 2 x 4’s should be No.2 kiln dried pine simply because it is cheap, easy to work with, and holds nails very well. The plywood needs […]