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Other stories by Will Schwarz

  • Tool Test: Recip Saws

    We sent the new reciprocating saws out into the field to see how they performed. Here’s how a group of veteran remodelers rated the saws for a variety of tasks.

  • Rebuilding an Old Attic Space

    This old farmhouse attic was under-built and out of level. Using sistered rafters and an ingenious sleeper system, a Vermont contractor solved the structural problems without busting the budget.

  • Replacing a Main Carrying Beam

    When a pair of sagging wood girders and support posts interfered with a new kitchen design, this remodeler replaced them with a clear-span LVL beam. This step-by-step description covers the entire process, from temporary shoring and demolition to site-building the new beam.