Building Tips

How to Install a Skylight

Many people worry about cutting holes in the roof, but adding a skylight is actually easier than installing a window. Most skylights come with flashing systems that will seal the roof effectively. The roof opening is framed with headers–framing lumber run horizontally across the opening, securely nailed to the rafters to support the structure. Headers are cut from lumber the same size as the rafters.

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Zip Roof System

The ZIP roofing system is composed of ZIP roof panels and ZIP seam sealing tape. The entire roof-framing surface should be sheathed before the seam sealing tape is applied. The  roof deck should be installed from the lowest point on the roof to the highest. The  tape is best installed from the highest portion of the roof to the lowest. The following installation steps are presented as a general outline of the installation process. Safety practices should be followed at all times.

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Installing a Door and Flashing

Remove the interior trim around the existing door. Measure the height, width, and depth of the framed opening.  Working from outside the house, set the bottom of the door against the opening, then raise the door into place. Temporarily insert new shims near the top of the frame to hold it. With shims, adjust the door-frame so that it is plumb and square in the opening. Insert shims between the door-frame and studs at the hinge locations. Shims keep it level, plumb and square in the rough opening. Be sure to have at least 1/8” of clearance between the jamb and rough frame.  Drive screws through the hinges and shims.

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How to Install Baseboard

Begin the process by determining your longest wall. If you have a piece of baseboard molding that is longer than the actual wall, you can do this first wall with just one baseboard. If you need two pieces for the first wall, join the two pieces with a scarf joint. A scarf joint marries two 45-degree cuts on different boards.  If possible, cut and situate the two boards so that the scarf joint can be secured to the wall at a stud location.

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