Building Practices

Built-up deck beams create seams that collect water and inhibit drying. Using spacers between 2-bys creates an airspace that promotes drainage and speeds drying.

There’s more than one way to calculate quantities for curved slabs and tube forms. We review the standard math, add a shortcut, and throw in a cheat sheet for good measure.

Combining cable rails and floating treads in place of flanking walls and risers creates the illusion of more space without the cost associated with changing a home’s footprint. 

Three innovative tips for remodelers looking for new ways to open up a space

It was too obvious to miss.

making sure flashing tape stick pro remodeler

A look at what makes flashing tape so sticky and why the way you install it determines how well it stays stuck

wooden i-joist jobsite know how pro remodeler

Adding plywood gussets to short lengths of I-joist makes for easy-to-install blocking in an engineered floor frame

carbon fiber straps used to repair wall cracks

Carbon fiber straps may be used to repair wall cracks or bowing that’s no more than 2 inches. Before applying carbon straps, remove all paint from the wall. 

Dos and don’ts for creating a structurally sound, finished basement that homeowners will love

A strip of plywood, some blocks, and a table saw will help you salvage crooked framing lumber by safely ripping a straight edge 

robots in remodeling are coming close to true skilled labor

Say "hello" to the first non-human drywaller 

Ten tips on how to layout and set tile in a running bond pattern on shower walls 

Check out the best practices and leading products featured in this year's Model ReModel

The simplest is also the most dangerous

stairs are beautiful but can be dangerous

Can you count the code violations in this shot? Twelve tips for designing safe, functional, and beautiful stairs.

A radiant barrier, such as that on foil-faced rigid insulation, can reduce heat transfer across the airspace between the strapping and metal roofing and siding. Image courtesy Matt Risinger 

 

Foil blocks heat transfer best if it stays clean, is adjacent to an airspace, and the delta is large enough. 

If one area of your business runs more slowly than the rest, a bottleneck will occur, causing delays and lost profitability

This double-grooved decking system uses neoprene gaskets that serve as hidden fasteners and prevent water from draining between boards

...with undercabinet lighting

under cabinet lighting done right by a remodeler

Dozens of light meter apps are available for IOS and android smartphones and tablets.

More on-site light-meter readings lead to evidence-based recommendations for effective undercabinet lighting

Mistakes happen, but a big mistake creates fallout in proportion to the authority of the person who makes it

Take care of your body now, and it will take care of you later

professional remodeler adding a space between exterior wall and roof for efficiency

Whether you use trusses or rafters, creating space above exterior walls will improve energy performance

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