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Detailing a Superinsulated Slab
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Detailing a Superinsulated Slab

A less-expensive and energy-efficient foundation for a house Read more

Prepping Shower Walls for Tile
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Prepping Shower Walls for Tile

An experienced tile-setter uses the light-weight Schluter system to get shower... Read more

Major Surgery for a Failing Fat Wall
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Major Surgery for a Failing Fat Wall

The worst decades for building science weren’t in the 1800s; they were late 1970s... Read more

Removing & Replacing Strip Flooring
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Removing & Replacing Strip Flooring

Tips and tricks for taking out old boards and blending in new for a seamless look Read more

Rake Wall Framing
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Rake Wall Framing

A system for framing, sheathing, and siding rake walls on the deck, regardless of... Read more

Steep-Slope to Low-Slope Transitions
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Steep-Slope to Low-Slope Transitions

Doug Horgan discusses a troublesome area that frequently gets overlooked: the... Read more

Troubleshooting: Water Heater in a Crawlspace
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Troubleshooting: Water Heater in a Crawlspace

Vertical limitations and code requirements make it difficult to impossible to... Read more

Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts
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Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

Mike MacFarland outlines the benefits of leak-free ducts. Read more

Building Stem Wall Foundations
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Building Stem Wall Foundations

Keeping foundations in-house can make scheduling easier and improve job quality Read more

Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses
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Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses

With the right hardware and layout, hot-water heating saves energy and makes ideal... Read more

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Construction Workforce

Key Differences Between Carpenters and Great Lead Carpenters: Part 2

Shawn McCadden continues his list of key skills that separate a good carpenter...

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How Much of the Labor Shortage Is Bias?

Paul Winans advocates for the growing trend in apprenceship programs, uncovering...

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Will Apprenticeships Solve Construction's Labor Crisis? Read more
Training the Trades - Not

Training school officials sentenced to prison for exposing student to obscene...

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How to Hire Your First Remodeling Salesperson

Hands-on contractors who become construction business owners may not always know...

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On the Job

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Replacing a Patio's Brick Border

For best results, use the right kind of brick and the appropriate type of mortar. Read more

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Fixing Ghost Doors

There's nothing supernatural about it. Read more

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Pre-Assembling Exterior Trim
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Pre-Assembling Exterior Trim

Fabricating parts on the ground or in the shop saves time and improves quality. Read more

Windows in Thick Walls
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Windows in Thick Walls

Which is better, an innie or an outie? Read more

Building an Efficient House in a Hot Climate
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Building an Efficient House in a Hot Climate

The Texas sun is blazing where I build in Austin. Here are four tips for building... Read more

Setting up the Site - New Construction
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Setting up the Site - New Construction

Clean, safe, and secure jobsites take time and effort. Matt Risinger discusses the... Read more

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Curing Time for Concrete Footings

Temperature, admixtures, and fly-ash content can affect how long it takes for concrete to achieve its rated strength. Read more

Installing a Flue-Top Damper
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Installing a Flue-Top Damper

Top-sealing dampers install quickly, seal out unwanted guests, and keep... Read more

Attaching a Deck to SIPs
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Attaching a Deck to SIPs

Though it is possible to beef up a SIP in order to attach a deck ledger, the best... Read more

Building With Cross Laminated Timber
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Building With Cross Laminated Timber

The solid CLT panels simplify making the building envelope airtight, and they help... Read more

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Training the Trades

Stair Builders’ Tricks of the Trade: Creating a Baseboard Curve Stair Builders’ Tricks of the Trade: Creating a Baseboard Curve

This segment in our three-part stair builders’ series has skilled craftsman Jed...

Tips for Deck Handrails Tips for Deck Handrails

Join trim carpenter Frank Caputo for another segment of composite decking tips;...

House Wraps and Weather Resistant Barriers, Part 3 House Wraps and Weather Resistant Barriers, Part 3

In this third segment of a four-part series, veteran Remodeling Show presenter...

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