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  • Dressing up Porch Posts With PVC

    Pre-fabrication on the work bench makes wrapping porch posts with PVC trim fast and easy.

  • Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

  • Mud Michelangelo

    Bernie Mitchell has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a method of creating remarkably lifelike relief sculptures in drywall mud, many of which ornament the walls of area vacation homes.

  • Tips for Optimizing Your Website Navigation

    Tips on how to optimize your website navigation to help your audience—as well as the search engines—find your valuable content more easily.

  • Tips for Finding Strong Keywords for Your Website

    The SEO rules have changed. This article describes how to use Google Keyword Planner to find the three or four keywords that best describe your expertise, and how to use them to rewrite your Web copy.

  • Vermont Windows

    Examples of angled gable-end windows, called "Vermont Windows"—a unique feature of farmhouses in several New England states.

  • Buried and Encapsulated Ducts

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

  • A Safe Push Stick in 60 Seconds

    Taking just one minute to make this push stick could mean still being able to count to 10 on your fingers.

  • How to Calculate Unit Prices for Labor

    While unit prices for labor are available from a number of sources, the best source is a company's own job history. This article uses an example of framing an exterior wall to show how to use that data to calculate unit costs for labor based on material quantities.

  • Replacing the Trim Around a Classic Doorway

    Upgrading the trim on a vintage home such as this one gives an old doorway a new life.