Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck
The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at...
Blasting Holes in Houses
It's not as fun as a beer cannon, but it might lead to more tornado-resistant homes.
Drug Testing Employess
Keeping up with tile standards; simple mosaics; laminates; decorative hardware
Q&A: Identifying Poria Fungus
Q: While renovating a home in New Jersey, I found a fungus-like growth a few...
Q&A: Mildew-Resistant Paint
Q: Which paints are more mildew-resistant, oil-based or acrylic? How can I prevent mildew from growing on painted surfaces?
Q&A: Painting & Staining PT Wood
Q: How should paints and stains perform on pressure-treated wood? I haven’t had a lot of luck painting the PT wood decks I build: The paint seems to fail after only two or three years. Is this because pressure-treated lumber is so wet, or do the chemicals used to treat the wood cause the paint to come off?
Hitting a vein of potable water is half science and half luck — and there are no guarantees. A rural housing specialist tells how to make sure you’re getting a fair shake from your well driller.
Remodelers' Guide to Lead Paint
Remodelers have an obligation — both legal and ethical — to protect workers and clients from the hazards of lead-based paint. A research scientist specializing in environmental health offers practical guidelines for reducing this risk on the job site.