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  • A Builder's Guide to Geothermal Heat Pumps

    Installed correctly, ground-source heat pumps can provide comfortable, efficient heating in many climates. Here’s an overview of the available options.

  • Q&A: Dryer Vent Installation

    Q: What’s the right way to vent a dryer? The standard plastic flex-hose with the spiral wire always collects condensation and sags. There’s got to be a better way. Would metal or plastic pipe work?

  • Floating Floor Options

    Floating floors offer some advantages over conventional hardwood strip flooring: They’re more dimensionally stable, come prefinished, and because they’re laminated, are available in wood species that would be cost-prohibitive in full-thickness flooring. Here’s a survey of what’s available.

  • Q&A: Mechanical Plumbing Vents

    Q: I saw a "rubber diaphram" device marketed as a cap for vent pipes that terminated in the attic. Its advantage was that it did not pierce the roof (highly desirable for expensive roofs like slate and tile), yet it would work to equalize pressures in the vent system. No mention of noxious gases or...

  • Computer Solutions: Computer Filing System

    Using folders to organize your hard drive

  • Truss Roofs Production Style

    A California production framer shows how on-the-ground prep work, precut braces and blocking, and an efficient work sequence can speed truss installation.

  • Installing Framed Cabinets

    A profitable cabinet installation depends on having the right tools and a well-thought-out procedure. Here’s how one builder gets the job done.

  • Installing Gable Roof Trusses

    On-the-ground layout and efficient use of a crane enable these Rhode Island builders to place, brace, and sheathe a truss roof in one day.

  • Resources

    K&B installation guide from NKBA, accessible building primer, masonry construction manual

  • Resources

    Roof truss book, well & septic guide, energy-efficient remodeling