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Common Fiber-Cement Siding Issues and How to Avoid Them
Dec 11, 2017 | Posted in DIY, The Ol' Sage Builder

Each fiber-cement siding product has its own installation instructions. These can be found in the Evaluation Service Report document(ESR). Before preparing to install siding, search online for the ESR by typing ESR and the product’s name. Knowing what the manufacturer’s instructions are is essential for the correct installation of your fiber-cement siding.

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Home Energy Audits
Nov 29, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

While most professionals have some experience with home energy audits, there are many contractors who take short cuts. Knowing what to expect from a home energy audit and the right questions to ask will ensure that you get the most accurate results.

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How to Fix Window Condensation
Nov 14, 2017 | Posted in DIY, The Ol' Sage Builder

As the weather cools, you may notice that your windows ‘sweat’ whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees F. Water condenses on the window and runs down to wet the frames and sills.

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Don’t Leave your HVAC Fan On
Nov 2, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Own an HVAC system? Get some tips on it from the Ol’ Sage Builder today!

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Housewrap Installation Tips from our Ol’ Sage Builder
Oct 24, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Housewrap should be an integral part of your home’s envelope—repelling water from outside and allowing water vapor from inside to escape. This only works if it’s properly installed and when it isn’t, it can cause serious damage to the home. Here are some tips on how to best install housewrap to ensure it does its job.

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Install your house wrap correctly!
Oct 13, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Housewrap is a great way to reduce air leakage and prevent water from entering the wall system, however care must be taken to ensure it gets installed correctly!

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Proper Panel Spacing Can Save Time and Money
Sep 27, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

When structural panels are not spaced properly and moisture conditions change some problems can arise. Best to follow the advice of the Ol’ Sage Builder and space those panels correctly!

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9-Foot Trims Increased Popularity
Sep 5, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

The trend toward more 9-foot ceilings in both single-family and multifamily housing starts is really gaining traction. Surveys shows increased production output in 2011 and 2012 of 9-foot and longer trims with no end in sight to this trend. Read on for more details…

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Pinnacle Sub Floor T&G Saves you Money and Time
Aug 22, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Pinnacle is an excellent mid-tier grade of T&G sub floor that is priced just right. Pinnacle T&G fits together easily and it’s easy on equipment so you won’t be breaking screw heads off.

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Deck Joist Span Table
Aug 11, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

When most builders are determining joist spans for decks, they refer to floor joist spans in their local US building codes. However, decks have to withstand moisture and inclement weather and may be framed with incised treated lumber which means that those joist ratios won’t be accurate.

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Space your T&G Sub-flooring Panels Properly
Aug 2, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

When installing tongue and groove OSB sub-flooring panels, it is essential that you space them correctly. Sub-flooring panels will expand and contract with changes in ambient moisture.

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Let-in Bracing the Old Way
Jul 25, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Every now and then it seems we get a glimpse back in time, and this user submitted photo showcases a blast from the past let-in bracing.

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