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Kitchen, Bath & Interiors

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Spotlight on Wood Countertop Refinishing

    We recently tackled an oak countertop refinishing project in the pantry of a client's home. This tends to be very dry wood, so when it checks, it can get big in a hurry.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Boral TruExterior Trim

    Low-maintenance and dimensionally stable, Boral's TruExterior Trim now comes in a 1 1/2-inch thickness.

     
  • 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.

     
  • WarmBoard Warmsource Total Warmth System

    The Warmsource system simplifies hydronic heating by stuffing all the manifolds and controls into a little tank on top of the main storage tank and using X10 technology to eliminate the need for thermostat wiring.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Gerber Avalanche Concealed Trapway

    The WaterSense-approved Avalanche CT toilet is a high-efficiency model that offers one-piece design with contemporary styling.

     
  • Kohler's Bellwether Shower Receptor

    The Bellwether is a clean-lined enameled cast iron base available in six colors and two sizes.

     
  • UltraLayer Sound Deadening Underlayment

    For use under ceramic, porcelain, or stone floor tile, the filaments in the UltraLayer pad create a capillary effect that dampens sound as well as muffling impact.

     
  • Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Multi-Tool

    A handy remodeling tool for everything from delicate material removal to finishing touches, Steve Demetrick reviews this Bosch cordless model.

     
  • Ultraviolet Lamps and Improved Air Quality

    Are ultraviolet (UV) lamps in an HVAC system an effective way to disinfect the air and improve air quality?

     
  • Lightening Traditional Mud Flooring

    A reader asks about lightening a traditional floor mud mixture with vermiculite and sand.

     
  • 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.

     
  • After the Boulder Flood (Subscriber content)

    When the flooding stops, the cleanup begins.

     
  • Basement Stairs Transplant (Subscriber content)

    Stacking the basement stairs under the stairs to the second floor opens up the living space.

     
  • Red Head Epcon S7 Hybrid Epoxy Adhesive

    Formulated for adhering threaded rod and reinforcing bar into concrete.

     
  • Kerdi Tileable Drain

    Covering support consists of a stainless steel plate with a coating that allows bonding to ceramic or stone tile.

     
 
 
 
 
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