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More stories about Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

  • For What It's Worth

    Drywall that bends, adjustable spring clamps, portable work table

  • Making Walls Watertight

    Siding sheds water, but it’s not waterproof. A wood construction expert warns against leaks caused by sloppy housewrap and flashing details, and shows how to do it right.

  • Beating the Big Chill

    Productivity drops when it’s cold, and some materials, like caulks, glues, concrete, and plaster, just won’t perform well. We compare features on several types of portable heaters and give tips on how to match the heater to the job.

  • For What It's Worth

    Improved eye protection, new ladder bracket for roof work, airtight can lights, foam vapor barrier seals for plumbing penetrations

  • For What It's Worth

    Microwavable glue, air-sealing tape for exterior sheathing, adjustable corner trowel, tow-behind dump bed

  • Installing Cabinets Solo

    Tools and tips for hanging kitchen cabinets, by a builder who prefers to do it alone.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Custom Cabinets From Stock Parts

    Building cabinets from components

  • Tools of the Home Inspector

    Whether you’re a home inspector or a remodeler, these specialty tools can help you diagnose problems hidden behind walls and under floors.

  • Kitchen & Bath: Multi-Purpose Tools for Kitchen Work

    Specialty tools for K&B work

  • Training Lead Carpenters

    A job foreman needs more than good carpentry skills to manage the construction site. Here are the techniques a successful builder uses to find lead carpenters within his own ranks, rather than hiring from outside.