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Features

  • Heavy Lift

    From financing to compacting fresh fill, we take an in-depth look at elevating a home.

     
  • Better Results With Vinyl

    A guide to best practices for product selection, installation, and repair of vinyl siding. How to identify better-quality products, and minimize problems by using sound installation and repair techniques.

     
  • An Efficient Box-Truck Build-Out

    An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even double as a portable workplace.

     

On the Job

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    Dressing up Porch Posts With PVC

    Pre-fabrication on the work bench makes wrapping porch posts with PVC trim fast and easy.

     
  • On Site With Liquid Flash

    We try out Huber's Zip System Liquid Flash on a few windows that we were installing, as well as on pipe penetrations, to see how it performs.

     

Business

Energy

  • At wide spots in the trench, the foam is poured to a consistent thickness against a sheet of OSB.

    Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

     

Products

  • Decorative Furnace

    Ambeince and heating efficiency come together in this 36,000 Btu furnace.

     
  • Brighter Light Tube

    With 98% reflective mirror interiors, ODL claims that these skylights deliver 25% more light than the company's standard model.

     
  • Solid Core Designer Door

    These doors offer a primed hardboard finish and are available with a renewable wheat straw core or with a 20-minute fire rating.

     
  • Annoyance-Free Alarm

     
  • Reclaimed Space Savers

    When space is at a premium, barn-style doors offer a space-saving solution. These doors are available in several wood species as well as salvaged wood. The kit consists of the door and track and roller hardware.

     
  • Certified Healthy

    Certainteed now publishes HPDs for its ceiling tile products, listing all the ingredients, and it has plans to extend this practice to all its products.

     
  • No-Sag Hinge

    Unlike traditional strap-style hinges, the flanges of the GForce Hinge grab the top and bottom of the gate's 2-by rail, using the gate's weight to compress the wood grain and limit sagging.

     
  • Water-Based BIN

    BIN Advanced primer and sealer uses synthetic rather than natural shellac, for a low odor, and is water-based so cleanup is easier.

     
  • Smart Cooker

    The cooktop on this 30-inch Induction Range heats only under cookware, using electromagnetic energy to stimulate a pot’s iron molecules.

     
  • Enhanced Kilz

    The 100 series of paints claims to offer better hide, improved sprayability, and easier touchups, at an affordable price.

     
  • Faux Authenticity

    This polyurethane beam sports a woodgrain texture and comes pre-primed. Useful for both interior and exterior applications, the beam's hollow core ensures that it's lightweight, too.

     
  • Space-Saving Fridge

    This counter-depth refrigerator packs 18 cubic feet of storage into a compact footprint and offers some handy features, including Power Cool for rapidly cooling the fridge compartment after loading groceries.

     

Toolbox

  • Mafell Erika Pull-Push Saw

    Powering an 8 7/8-inch Mafell blade, the Erika can rip like a table saw and crosscut like a sliding compound-miter saw.

     
  • Sawhorse Plans

    These sawhorses are made of plywood, have three legs for incomparable stability on uneven ground, and break down quickly to lay flat.

     
  • Measuring Up

    When Milwaukee rolled out its 25-foot model 48-22-5125 magnetic tape measure last summer, most of us bought one to see if it would be a good fit. So far, we think it’s great.

     
  • Corded Impact Driver

    Unlike cordless drivers, it never peters out while driving a screw.

     
  • Saw Stop Contractor Table Saw

    SawStop Contractor Table Saw

     

Backfill

  • Using a variety of toolssome standard, others improviseddrywall contractor Bernie Mitchell works magic with mud.

    Mud Michelangelo

    Bernie Mitchell has spent the past 20 years developing and refining a method of creating remarkably lifelike relief sculptures in drywall mud, many of which ornament the walls of area vacation homes.