Building Confidence

Volume 12 Issue 4
ISSN 1923-7162

Welcome to Dave's Shop Talk's Home Improvement Newsletter of questions from our members on their construction projects, a Tip of the Month and a home remodeling article, both from our website at

What's New

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Tip of the Month

Use inexpensive plumbing strapping for holding pipe and valves onto wall framing. Ref: Tables 2: Span Tables for Joists.

And a Bonus Tip:

Replacing the bathroom fan switch with a dehumidifier switch is a good idea to make sure the fan is exhausting moisture outdoors, based on the humidity in the room. Ref: Roof 6: Insulation and Soffits.

Ask Dave!

Instead of our normal format - questions and answers, I would like to do something different this month. I'm going to feature one of our member's projects through the photos he sent me.

Rick built himself a 12x16 gable shed:

Photo of gable shed built by a member of our site.

Photo of the excavation for the concrete slab under the gable shed.

Photo of our member running a power loader to excavate for the concrete slab.

Photo of our member constructing the floor of the gable shed.

Photo of the completed floor of the gable shed.

Photo of our member with a side wall framed of his gable roof backyard shed.

Photo of the walls of the gable shed framed and braced.

Photo of our member nailing the corners of the walls together of the shed.

Photo of the shed being built by our member.

Photo of the roof sheathing going on the trusses of the gable shed.

Photo of our member or our site installing the fascia board.

Photo of the gable shed with roof shingled.

Photo of the member of our site on top of the roof of his gable shed.

Photo of the inside of the gable shed during drywall installation.

Photo of our member installing exterior panels on his shed.

Photo of a completed outside wall of the gable shed.

Photo of the completed gable shed surrounded by snow.

Photo of a side of the completed shed in the winter.

Feature Article of the Month

(taken from our website:

Jigs 8: Circular Saw Cutting Jig

When you find it necessary to cut or rip large pieces with a circular saw, a handy cutting jig helps keep the circular saw cuts straight. I use my circular saw cutting jig mostly for cutting gable ends for cabinets to length, as well as, trimming doors, etc.

This circular saw cutting jig is simply a... Read more at Jigs 8: Circular Saw Cutting Jig

Almost the End

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