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  • Attaching a Deck to SIPs

    Though it is possible to beef up a SIP in order to attach a deck ledger, the best option is to build a freestanding deck.

  • Building With Cross Laminated Timber

    The solid CLT panels simplify making the building envelope airtight, and they help moderate fluctuations in moisture and heat.

  • Vintage Handsaws

    Taper-ground blades and handmade hardwood handles make these humble hand tools things of beauty.

  • New Infrared Options for Remodelers

    By providing a visual image of cold air blowing into the living room, infrared cameras help clients understand the value of air sealing.

  • Solo Installation of Crown Molding

    Techniques developed over the course of 25 years on the job take the place of a helper.

  • Profit Is Not a Happy Accident

    A bigger job does not necessarily mean a bigger profit.

  • Repairing and Replacing Sheet Siding

    Minor cracks can be caulked and repainted, but sometimes the best solution is to remove old panels and replace them with new ones, taking care not to repeat mistakes made by the previous installer.

  • Proper Width of Flashing Tape

    It can be tricky to determine a minimum width when the window manufacturer refers to the code or the flashing-tape instructions, and the flashing-tape instructions and the code both refer you back to the window manufacturer or flashing-tape instructions.

  • Lively Live-Edge Floor

    The irregular edges of black walnut planks form a stunning pattern on this floor and stair.

  • Painting Sequence for Room Interiors

    Always do the baseboard last and take care to cut in tight, straight lines.