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  • Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair

    In building this double winder stair, remodeler Dave Holbrook used modular boxes to stack one tread and riser at a tim.

  • Innovative Products 2010

    JLC's annual collection of problem-solving tools and materials.

  • Robotic Transit for Perfect Foundation Layouts

    Although precise methods for layout have existed for thousands of years, not everyone seems to accord them equal value. Ponying up, say, $40,000 for a transit may strike you as over the top, but Hunzinger Construction of Brookfield, Wis., did just that.

  • Replacing a Wood Beam With Steel

    The LVL beam had been installed in an earlier remodel to replace structural partitions supporting the second floor. Since Cox knew that a flush steel beam could do the job just as well — but invisibly — he offered to include the swap-out in the contract.

  • An Affordable Solar Home

    Last fall, 20 college and university teams from the U.S. and abroad gathered in Washington, D.C., to take part in the 2009 Solar Decathlon.

  • Architect-Builder Uses Natural Tree Forms

    Architect Roald Gundersen and his team at Whole Tree Architecture and Construction are all for putting small-diameter trees — the “weeds” of the forest — to practical use.

  • Steam-Bent Shingles

    Renovations are a vital part of the routine at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Va., estate, which is open to the public 365 days a year. Recently, Steve Ritter’s company, Cedar Shakes and Shingles, was called upon to install decorative red cedar shingles on the bell-shaped roof of a reproduction...

  • Flexible Trailer Storage

    Finish-carpenter Brian Campbell wanted to keep his tools organized in his work trailer and still be able to transport the occasional full load of cabinets. He took his cue from a slat-wall system, where shelves, brackets, and hangers can be freely inserted behind horizontal slats without fasteners.

  • Watering Manhattan

    They’ve been an integral part of New York City’s skyline for more than a century: thousands of wooden water tanks, banded with steel and capped by conical plywood roofs, perched alone or in clusters on buildings throughout the borough.

  • Another Look at Vinyl Siding

    Manufacturers have successfully tackled some of the issues plaguing this low-cost cladding.