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    Building a Coffered Ceiling

    A second-generation custom builder describes his system for laying out and installing great-looking coffered ceilings.

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    Cutting Fiber-Cement Siding

    Cutting fiber-cement siding can be a dusty job, but a number of manufacturers offer tools designed to keep the air clear.

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    Laying Out a Split-Pitch Hip

    A veteran carpenter lays out irregular hip rafters with framing square, tape measure, bevel gauge, and a series of triangles drawn on scrap.

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    Low-Flow Update

    Ten years after low-flow toilets became law, there are more and better options on the market than ever before.

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    Pneumatic Flooring Nailers

    A builder and remodeler tests five flooring nailers and reports on what he finds.

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    Pressure-Testing Ductwork

    Everyone talks about the importance of sealed ductwork, but the only way to be sure a new system measures up is to test it.

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    Building an Outdoor Shower

    Shoreline dwellers like to rinse off before going inside after a day at the beach. Here's a proven design that lets the homeowner shower in style.

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    Running a Handyman Sideline

    A high-end residential remodeler explains why he makes time for even the smallest handyman jobs.



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    Realistic scheduling, workforce diversity, stabilizing basement walls, radiant-floor study, cathedral cans, more



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    In the News

    New coastal window codes puzzle builders, court cuts mold award, selling surplus material for charity, new nailgun rules, more



  • Q&A: Various Wheelchair Accessible Shower

    Q. We are building a new home on a slab foundation that is already poured. The customer uses a wheelchair and wants a curbless shower in a bathroom with a tiled floor. Is it possible to keep the bathroom floor level with the finish floors in the other roo

  • Q&A: Swelling of OSB Roof Panels

    Q. We build timber frame homes and wrap them with insulated panels made with skins of OSB on the outhouse and rigid foam insulation on the inside. We've been pleased with the results except for one thing: the swelling of the OSB at the edges. We've seen n

  • Q&A: Gas Appliances in Basement

    Q. I am remodeling a single-family house with a full basement. The furnace and water heater are located in the basement. The local fire marshal said that it's okay to locate propane appliances such as furnaces and water heaters in the basement. He cites t

  • Q&A: Frozen Air Hoses

    Q. In cold weather I always have problems keeping nail guns working, due to frozen air hoses. Is there a solution?





Kitchen & Bath


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    Foundation insulation, router tables, cut-to-fit basement windows, heat sensor, smaller sander, tailgate stepladder, flexible molding, bendable drill bit, more



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    Fast-setting glue guns, two-way laser, saw stand accessories