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  • EPA's Wood Smoke Plan Draws Fire

    Are the wood stoves allowed under the EPA's proposed wood smoke plan too costly? Depends on how you calculate the cost.

  • It Takes More Than Tools to Be a Craftsman

    For that carpenter who complains all the time he doesn't have the right tools, here's a humble reminder that craftsmanship trumps tools any day.

  • Future of Buildings: Flow Batteries

    Using flow batteries, wind and solar power may soon be stored on site.

  • New Bosch "Dust Extractors"

    These vacs have self-cleaning filters and integrate with the company's L-Boxx system.

  • Standardized Energy Retrofits

    Can we tell what an older house will need as an energy upgrade simply by identifying it's building type? Can these standardized energy improvements be applied without an audit? Just how effective can they be? These are a few of the questions that a few Building America research teams have been...

  • Thingamejig Scribing Tool

    It's a bit pricey, but the Thingamejig may be the most cost-effective scribing tool available. Some folks will say they can achieve the same result with a $3 compass scriber. But they can't—at least not efficiently.

  • Why Builders are Having a Hard Time Finding Workers

    The shortage of skilled workers continues to slow-down the housing recovery. What's the solution for our industry?

  • Less Expensive Laser

    The Bosch GLL 3-50  is a less-expensive alternative to a pricier Bosch model that projects plumb, level, and square from a single, stationary point.

  • Innovative Ladder Brackets

    WorkSafe Ladder Brackets can prevent ladders from falling or kicking out by securing them to a sound fascia or another structural surface.

  • Time to Boycott Angie's List?

    Despite being popular with the consumer, Angie's List has been nothing but a headache for many contractors and remodelers ever since it started. It now appears that a number of people within the remodeling industry have had enough and are calling for it's head. Is it time to deliver a killing blow...