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A successful job starts with a moisture test.
Our annual pick of products designed to help you work smarter, faster, and better.
Where unstable soil and periodic tidal flooding are a concern, helical piers topped with a concrete stem wall rise to the challenge.
A simple reorganization of existing space and thoughtful material choices maximize efficiency and “green” appeal.
Catch these common framing and sheathing errors and you’ll prevent inspection failures and customer callbacks.
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Q. In an older house wired with BX cable, can the original two-prong outlets be upgraded to three-prong grounded outlets, provided they're properly bonded to the original metallic boxes?
Q. When fastening ZIP System sheathing to wall and roof framing with our pneumatic nailers, we've found that it's difficult to keep nail heads from penetrating the applied protective barrier on the face of the panels. Won't these holes compromise the moisture barrier's integrity and lead to...
Q. After working for several years as an employee, I recently headed out on my own and began shopping around for liability insurance. Most policies offer "occurrence" coverage, but one company offers a "claims made" policy that provides similar coverage for less money. What's the difference between...
Imagine two builders. Builder No. 1 is an experienced project manager who decides to start his own business. His technical skills are finely honed, he knows how to manage a crew and schedule, and he builds homes that customers love. But a few years after hanging out his shingle he is still...
Basement finishing; flashing
Phantom loads cost electric-utility customers $3 billion annually.
Few things are more irritating than having a power tool repeatedly come unplugged from an extension, or dealing with a knotted connection that keeps snagging on framing members or ladders.
Working outside in the winter usually means your extension cords will be about as supple as a frozen garden hose.
If you regularly cut high-pressure laminate, melamine, wood veneer, or acrylic sheet, Forrest's Duraline Thin-Rim blades promise reduced chipping and a better quality of cut.
Designed primarily for pruning and other fast cuts through wood, The Ugly recip-saw blade from Skil is perfect for trimming those overhanging limbs that get in the way while you're painting, siding, and roofing.
I've always found that Irwin's Marathon saw blades offer a good combination of value and performance.
As a remodeler, not a day goes by that I don't have to do some kind of plumb or level layout.
Sometimes setting up a jackhammer and a compressor takes longer than doing the actual work.
Paul Bias, a green builder in Arcata, Calif., frequently works on sites where it’s difficult to get temporary power. Rather than use a generator — which is loud and dirty and easy to steal — he powers his tools with energy from the sun.
This schematic shows how to wire the trailer-mounted photovoltaic power system described in July’s Backfill article.
Q. Which home heating fuel is usually cheaper, oil or propane?
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