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  • Putting Drones to Work

    A Baltimore-area firm is using unmanned aerial vehicles on their job sites, and expects to save big on roof  inspections.

  • What Can We Learn From Our Japanese Brothers?

    David Frane looks at homebuilding in Japan, where a surprising mix of old and new technologies create house parts, which are assembled onsite by tobi-clad carpenters in steel toe ninja boots.

  • Slideshow: Framing a Loft

    Coastal Connection follows the action as Cape Cod contractor Mike Hill frames the loft for a zero-energy addition.

  • Retrofit Soundproofing

    Practical solutions for quieting homes

  • DeWalt DWHT51138 Framing Hammer

    Despite its light weight, this hammer gets the job done.

  • A Flush-Framed Floor to Maximize Space

    Eliminating a dropped beam and a brick pier in a basement remodel required the use of steel and Microlams.

  • Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing

    Following these simple guidelines when modifying joists, beams, and posts will prevent structural problems later on.

  • December 2014 Letters

    House on wrong lot; OSHA; I-joist roofs; home-performance contracting profitable where energy prices are high

  • Creative Mines Monsoon Craft Board Form

    Raw materials bring important performance characteristics to this new stone veneer brand.

  • Framing a Two-Pitch I-Joist Roof

    To maintain a continuous air barrier, special attention needed to be paid to the seams that formed the joint at the wall plate where the rafters would sit.

  • Building an Eyebrow Dormer

    CAD program simplifies layout and creates full-size patterns.

  • DeWalt DCR002 Bluetooth Radio Adaptor

    This receiver plugs into any radio with a 3.5mm auxiliary port and lets you wirelessly stream content from your smartphone from up to 100 feet away.

  • Milling Rough Lumber

    For fine woodworking, having control over the flatness and stability of the wood is paramount.

  • The Best Way to Finish an Exterior Wooden Door

    Exterior doors take a beating from both frequent use and the elements. Here's how to provide a lasting clear finish on an exterior door.

  • A Room for All Seasons (Subscriber content)

    Enclosing an old porch adds much-needed floor space.

  • November 2014 Letters

    Emailing proposals; strapping ceilings; caulking fiber-cement joints

  • Conditioning Homes

    A recipe for eliminating interior callbacks

  • Maine Passive House: Framing Overhangs

    Work continues on the high-performance Maine ski lodge addition under construction by Jesper Kruse and the crew of Maine Passive House. Coastal Connection drops in to see the crew working on roof overhangs.

  • Rake Wall Framing

    A system for framing, sheathing, and siding rake walls on the deck, regardless of pitch or wall height.

  • Flipping the Script on a Second-Story Addition

    Design-builder Andrew DiGiammo tries a new strategy: Build the new roof first, demolish the existing roof second.