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    Biscuit joiners are useful for making tight, flush miters, attaching windowsills and jamb extensions, and building cabinets on site. This hands-on comparison will help you choose the one that’s right for you.

  • Undermount Sinks

    As stone and solid-surface counters have become more popular, so have undermount sinks. Here’s an overview of what’s available and what it takes to ensure a successful installation.

  • Builder's Guide to Vinyl Siding

    Though manufacturers are improving the appearance of vinyl siding and making claims of greater durability, builders must choose the right product and install it carefully. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Choosing Collated Nails

    Cheap generic nails seem like a bargain up front, but you may pay the price later in jams and misfires. This article explains how to make an intelligent choice in generic nails, and looks at the many new collated specialty nails on the market.

  • Shopping for Recessed Lights

    For a few extra dollars, a typical off-the-shelf recessed fixture can be upgraded to provide more effective light for a variety of tasks. We look at how various bulbs, trims, and housings affect performance.

  • Engineered Exterior Trim

    A wide range of engineered wood, plastic, and fiber-cement trim products are available for builders who are considering alternatives to solid lumber.

  • Kitchen Cabinet Storage Options

    Whether you spec the cabinets for your projects or help the clients make the choice, this article will bring you up to date on the storage accessories being offered by cabinet manufacturers.

  • Q&A: Installing a Metal Fireplace

    Q: When installing a zero-clearance metal fireplace, are there any requirements for fire stops or draft stops? Does the inside of the chase need to be drywalled?

  • Working with Preprimed Wood Siding

    Factory priming protects wood siding from moisture and UV degradation until the finish paint can be applied. Here’s what to look for when speccing this cost-effective product.