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  • A Carpenter's Tool Vest

    Tired of your heavy toolbelt? So was Jesse Wright, so he switched to a vest with a ton of pockets and lots of special features that make it easier to find what you need without having to think about it.

     
  • Deck Collapse While Showing House Ruins Realtor's Day

    For a New Jersey real estate agent, a residential deck failure came at the worst possible moment: while she was showing the house to a buyer.

     
  • A Finish Carpenter's Bag of Tricks

    Jesse Wright takes a look at a dozen or so must-have small hand tools that he carries with him every day in his work as a finish carpentry in Concord, Calif.

     
  • Working With Flexible Flashing (Subscriber content)

    Some contractors still don’t understand how to get the most out of these products. Here are some tips for installations that stand firm for the long haul.

     
  • How to Safely Frame a Roof on the Ground (Subscriber content)

    To eliminate the danger and discomfort of framing and shingling a roof, Lee McGinley takes the task to the ground.

     
  • Creating a New Foundation for an Old House (Subscriber content)

    Lifting and resupporting an early-1800s home on a tight site.

     
  • CertainTeed Easi-Lite 30 Gypsum Board

    Up to 30% lighter than standard 5/8-inch Type X board, Easi-Lite 30 combines reduced weight with fire resistance.

     
  • Armstrong QuikStix Drywall Grid System

    Armstrong’s QuikStix pre-engineered drywall grid system uses two types of studs. The company claims the system cuts framing time in half.

     
  • Huber Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing

    This Zip System sheathing panel features a barrier on the underside that reflects radiant heat.

     
  • JLC April Letters

    Joists in an old floor, repairing a concrete slab in an old floor, and more.

     
  • Building Freestanding Walls

    John LaTorre Jr. shows how to build a wall that's an independent structure when there are no other walls to tie into for rigidity.

     
  • The covers for the hydronic heat in this studio were fabricated and installed in less than five hours.

    Baseboard Heat Covers

    Remodeler Randal Patterson shows how to make simple wooden covers for hydronic baseboard heat.

     
  • Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet Details

    None of these details are super tricky but they require a good team of craftsman to ensure this simple detail doesn't look sloppy when it's completed.

     
  • Details for Foam-Free Superinsulated Construction

    The architects and Passive House consultants at 475 High Performance Building Materials are working on a comprehensive set of building details for new construction and retrofit that are designed to achieve Passive House levels of air-tightness and super-insulation without the use of spray-applied...

     
  • Creating a Palette of Foam-Free Superinsulation Details

    There’s more than one way to build a highly insulated, air-tight house—or to tighten up and super-insulate an existing home. Here’s a look at an evolving array of superinsulated details that don’t use spray foam.

     
  • Concrete Lumber

    Made from a cementitious composite, this fire-proof lumber promises durability and strength.

     
  • Watertight Replacement Windows

    Flashing windows is not just for new construction. Here are details on how to help prevent window leaks when working around the major types of siding.

     
  • Passive House Walls for an Old House

    A coastal Maine builder is applying his trademark Passive House wall system to an existing house by the water.

     
  • Wrapping an Old House in a Passive House Puffy Jacket

    Mid-coast Maine builders EcoCor, Inc., are applying their characteristic insulated wood I-joist exterior wall system package to an existing old house.

     
  • EPA's Wood Smoke Plan Draws Fire

    Are the wood stoves allowed under the EPA's proposed wood smoke plan too costly? Depends on how you calculate the cost.

     
 
 
 
 
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