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  • Fastening Deck Ledger to an I-Joist Floor

    If you need to attach a deck ledger to a house with I-Joist floors, first figure out if the rim board is structural and go from there

  • Personal Dashboard

    Setting up a single screen with your calendar, email, and links to your favorite websites can save you hours of surfing.

  • Working With Roxul Insulation

    Choosing insulation for a high-performance home in Northern Vermont requires thought and care. The right choice can make a huge difference in both comfort and cost efficiency.

  • The Case of the Sobbing Siding

    On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof inspection hadn't been nearly thorough enough

  • Wiring and Drywall

    Andy Hannan explains how to make sure that wire ends up where it’s supposed to be after drywall installation.

  • Level-5 Drywall Finish vs. Veneer Plaster

    Myron FerguI explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat.

  • Landings for Deck Stairs

    Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck

  • 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.