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Elements of the well-designed addition
Teardowns becoming a trend; window problems in high altitudes; curved logs making it through the mills; prefab housing update; women in the trades; more
Green building guides
House-eating fungus wreaking havoc in California; Sears abandons installed sales company; new Minnesota energy code; looking for a better low-flow toilet test
Coping with the labor shortage, water heater failures, higher fly ash content in concrete, new home ventilation standard
Getting ready for the next economic downturn, Category 5 wiring, hurricane-resistant concrete houses, sun exposure warning
Soil erosion on job sites under scrutiny, 2x4 vs. 2x6 wall framing study, opposition to pay-if-paid laws growing
Growth controls affecting builders, promoting green building, working with inspectors, tax deductions for business start-up
Q: Is it a good idea to pressure-wash wood siding before painting? It seems like this would drive a lot of water into and behind the siding — water that might still be present when the paint is applied. And what about pressure-washing decks?
A trio of professional painters tell how to match a clear finish to the job and provide tips for blemish-free application.
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