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One reader asks, "I’m sick and tired of my gutters. They leak, they are rotting out my trim, they’re a maintenance headache, and on top of all that, I don’t like how they look. Without them, however, I’m concerned that my stone foundation will leak even worse than it does now. What should I do?" Read the answer - Fine Homebuilding
Although we know how to build healthy, comfortable, durable homes, mostly we don’t … but not because it’s too expensive - Fine Homebuilding
Venting a roof on a single-story section of the house that dies into the wall of a second floor is challenging, and your porch roof makes it even more so. - Fine Homebuilding

Expert Construction Advice

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Ice dams form when a home’s escaping heat warms the roof sheathing and melts the underside of the snow layer on the roof. - Fine Homebuilding
If you know the limit of acceptable deflection and how much weight a beam needs to carry—both of which are provided by building codes—then the type, species, grade, length, width, and depth of the beam all can be selected.
The stakes are high, because an improper DWV setup can lead to slow drains, gurgling fixtures, sewer gas entering the living space, recurring clogs, and potentially hazardous overflows. When installed well, a DWV system will go unnoticed, with solids, liquids, and gases flowing smoothly. Here’s how it works.

How It Works

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