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Here's a roundup of the best (or worst!) DIY jobs on Instagram. This is what happens when you don't #hireacontractor

Crawlspace renovation

Pro Builder's Senior Editor Mike Beirne took the time to encapsulate his crawlspace and brings you on his journey from mold to moisture management.

rob smith shows water damage from bad roofing flashing

2021 TNAR remodeler Rob Smith, owner of E2 Homes explains the danger of improper roof flashing 

Using this old-school method, footings and stem walls are formed and poured together

How to Retrofit a Radon Mitigation System

To draw air from sub-slab soil, the slab must be airtight

A good building envelope begins with foundation details that keep water out, and air and heat in

remodeler using plaster

For long-lasting results, reattach loose lath and plaster surrounding the patch

The Model ReModel projects are all but complete 

osha inspectors can issue violations to remodelers

Complying with OSHA’s safety rules requires planning, training and (most of all) supervision

Trowel-on flashing is a good solution for fat-wall openings into which windows are partly or fully recessed

model remodel east

The crew sheathed the walls with ZIP System panels from Huber Engineered Woods. ZIP System panels have an air- and moisture-resistive barrier that, when used with ZIP System Flashing Tape, protects against air and water intrusion. Theflashing tape is very sticky, and technique matters. Tape in a sequence that creates overlaps that promote moisture drainage: lowest horizontal seams first; then vertical seams immediately above, overlapping at the intersections; then the next course of horizontal seams; and so on.

This retirement home packs a lot of quality construction into a small space

model remodel home

The goal was to transform a compact A-frame into a spacious mountain retreat. The first floor featured a dramatic, vaulted living space with mountain views. But the U-shaped kitchen layout squeezed traffic in the house between the peninsula and a narrow set of stairs. The master bedroom, which was downstairs as well, needed more square footage. 

Upstairs, the steeply sloped A-frame roof cut headroom dramatically, so the bedrooms felt cramped. The homeowners wanted a master suite up top. Architect Doug Walter had his work cut out for him. 

We are featuring two projects this year—on opposite sides of the country

caulking can be a messy job for remodelers

A tile setter shares a 40-year-old secret to tooling perfect joints every time

double stud walls are great for adding insulation in a remodel

How to lay out, align, and connect the inner and outer walls of a superinsulated double-wall house

the shape of a room can affect price in remodeling

Unit pricing is an invaluable tool for fast, accurate estimating. But counting units is not the same as estimating. Make sure your estimator knows the difference.

The rise of instructional content on YouTube and Instagram and what the people producing it (and watching it) think you should know. 

helping remodelers figure out how to plan an addition with clients

The clients want to add space underground to preserve the scale of their home. They might agree to an addition, but only if the front elevation is just right. So that’s where we start.

remodelers can improve and streamline basement door installations

In addition to properly sealing the basement door to the foundation, inspect and clean gutters above the door semi-annually to ensure your basement and belongings remain safe, clean, and dry.

3 tips from the experts for improving and streamlining basement door installations

The result is a clean cutout that will be easily concealed by a standard coverplate

stick and peel flashing

The trick is to use narrow strips of membrane and a triangular stick

Tools and techniques for making perfect electrical box cutouts every time

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