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Exterior trim should last as long as the rest of the house. A finish carpenter describes the construction details and finishing tips he uses to make that happen.
A Delaware contractor tells how to build houses on wood pilings that resist the rigors of coastal weather from storm tides to gale force winds.
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A western production framer walks through the tools and techniques he uses to quickly and accurately lay out walls for fast assembly.
Good photographs can help put your craftsmanship in the best light. A builder describes the equipment and techniques he uses to capture his work on film.
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Q: Please comment on the durability of water-based polyurethanes for wood floors. Will these products hold up in heavy traffic areas as well as the solvent-based products?
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Historic fence restoration
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