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  • Super-Insulated Tank for Heating Fluid Storage

    Wouldn't it be nice to store excess heat generated by solar panels and biomass boilers in summer for heating during the winter? Here's a stab at a tank designed for the purpose.

  • The Art of Avoiding Filing for a Permit?

    Vermontasaurus vs. The Zoning Board

  • Rocking Out in Waukesha

    Some years ago, Mogensen bought a nice lot in Waukesha, Wis. — a two-acre plot surrounded by town parks and conservation land, the last undeveloped free spot in the area. He planned to build himself a home there. But when he started to excavate, he hit rock 2 feet down. Lots of rock.

  • Plasma-Screen Windows

    Computer engineer and part-time carpenter Ryan Hoagland, has developed a system for configuring one or more high-definition plasma TVs as a remarkably convincing substitute for conventional windows.

  • Beachside Storage Shed

    Forget the 5,000-square-foot beach house just out of sight in the photos.

  • Spiral Stair Rail from a Tube

    Spiral stair rail

  • A Brief History of Quonset Huts

    A hut for all seasons

  • Using Ship Masts for Structural Columns

    Suppose you wanted some wooden columns about 20 feet tall and custom-turned in one piece from straight tree trunks? There aren’t too many places you could find such a thing.

  • Robotic Transit for Perfect Foundation Layouts

    Although precise methods for layout have existed for thousands of years, not everyone seems to accord them equal value. Ponying up, say, $40,000 for a transit may strike you as over the top, but Hunzinger Construction of Brookfield, Wis., did just that.

  • An Affordable Solar Home

    Last fall, 20 college and university teams from the U.S. and abroad gathered in Washington, D.C., to take part in the 2009 Solar Decathlon.