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Other stories by Clayton DeKorne

  • 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.

  • Is OSHA the Next Angie's List?

    OSHA puts workplace safety data online as 'nudge' to employers.

  • Can the Housing Market Recover?

    Sales of newly built homes surged last month to the highest level since 2008. But overall the housing market's slipped.

  • QuietWalk Floor Underlayment

    Also available in 360-square-foot contractor rolls, this synthetic substrate for laminate floors is designed to inhibit sound transmission.

  • Drone Building Inspections

    The future is now: Inspectors turn to small, flying robots to scope out buildings.

  • Working With Foam Subfloor Adhesive

    The pros and cons of working with DAP SmartBond polyurethane subfloor adhesive, which goes on like foam sealant but collapses to a sticky gel.

  • Blasting Holes in Houses

    It's not as fun as a beer cannon, but it might lead to more tornado-resistant homes.

  • Mixed Reality: The Future of Building Design?

    Is augmented reality just a smart-phone party trick or could it be solace for an increasingly populated planet?

  • Clients from Hell

    Adam Shaf says a dispute with his former clients stems from them "not paying us for work, not because of poor workmanship."

  • Mapping Green Space

    The EPA's EnviroAtlas provides a one-stop reference for identifying everything from population density and rainfall to "impaired waterways" and acid-rain concentrations.