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  • 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...

  • DeWalt Layout Laser

    This combination tool shoots both lines and dots, and can be used in place of a plumb bob.

  • The Super-Organized Shop Comes to the Jobsite

    If lean means learning to see waste and eliminating it, then this work setup is lean to the point of being skinny.

  • Code-Compliant Wood Walls

    The ICC and APA team up to provide guidance on building "R20" and "R-13+5"  wall to meet requiremtn in the the 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.

  • EPA Fines 35 Contractors and Training Providers for Lead-Paint Violations

    Cited for failing to minimize lead dust during home renovation activities, the companies now face more than $274,000 in civil penalties.