A Room for All Seasons
Enclosing an old porch adds much-needed floor space.
Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows
Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing...
A New Interior for an Antique House
Addressing structural issues first made the interior finish work easier.
Squirrels and Cedar Siding
We installed untreated cedar shingles on the exterior walls of a vacation home in central Maryland. Now the owners are complaining that squirrels are eating the new siding. And the squirrels really are eating it - they're not just trying to get inside the house. Is there anything we can apply to the siding to discourage them?
Concrete Without Steel?
Q: Does the addition of fibers eliminate the need for steel in a concrete-slab basement floor?
The Ultimate Work Trailer
This custom-made rig stores tools and supplies, hauls material, and serves as a...
It's not every day that a world-famous artist asks you to design and build a...
Basement finishing; brick & masonry; hvac grilles & registers
Tiling a Curved Wall
Q. Tiling a Curved Wall We've been asked to build a semicircular bathroom with tiled walls. What should we use as a substrate to cover the curved wall, which will have about a 12- to 18-foot radius, and what should we use to waterproof behind it?
Mice and Insulation
Q. Is there any way to can keep mice out of insulation? I am working on a remote cabin in southern Illinois, and the mice seem to come and go at will. I'm getting ready to insulate another room and I don't want to provide new places for the rodents to nes