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Other stories by Lee McGinley

  • Calculating FPSF Insulation Requirements

    There are two good sources for designing frost-protected shallow foundations (FPSFs).

  • Cost-Saving Insulated Foundations

    Reduced excavation and forming time make ICFs a cost-effective way to build a frost-protected slab-on-grade or crawlspace.

  • How to Safely Frame a Roof on the Ground

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

  • Working With Roxul Insulation

    Choosing insulation for a high-performance home in Northern Vermont requires thought and care. The right choice can make a huge difference in both comfort and cost efficiency.

  • Replacing Hardwood Decking

    Production processes done in the shop minimized material handling at the site and allowed the job to move forward in the shop while rain drenched the site.

  • Heating with Panel Radiators

    These compact units provide the comfort and simplicity of baseboard radiators without gobbling up all the available wall space.

  • My First ICF Foundation

    Foam forms hold the promise of an easily built, energy-efficient foundation — but there is a learning curve. A builder shares his first experience.

  • Fast Framing with Panels

    In a tight labor market, panelized construction offers high quality and speed with a small crew — even on large projects.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Profiting From Frameless Cabinets

    Contractor-built frameless cabinets

  • Update: Engineered Lumber

    The decline in the quality of solid-sawn lumber has led manufacturers to develop a growing variety of engineered lumber substitutes. We look at some of the new materials that are finding their way on to residential job sites.