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  • 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.

  • Rethinking Amp-Hours

    Is the amp-hour rating of cordless-tool batteries strictly a measure of their capacity, or do bigger batteries offer more runtime and more power than their compact counterparts?

  • Venting the Crawlspace

    Most crawlspaces are vented to the outdoors, but encapsulating the crawlspace has gained favor among builders of green and energy-efficient homes. But what do you do about the air down there?

  • Using Evernote to Manage Your Business

    An introduction to the features of Evernote, a cloud-based application for storing, tagging, and retrieving text, images, audio, and other information on a computer or mobile device.

  • Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range

    When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents.

  • Q&A: Tips for Grouting Slate Tile

    Use these simple cleaning techniques when working with the textured surface of slate tile to make sure there is no haze left on the surface.