Construction

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

How much moisture air can hold depends on the temperature, which is why they call it “relative humidity.” Here’s how it works and why it matters.

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

The 2019 New American Remodel will blend modern design with a farm-to-table lifestyle

I was focused on my job, relying on remodeling pros to be focused on theirs. Maybe I got too much of a good thing.

robots in remodeling are coming close to true skilled labor

Say "hello" to the first non-human drywaller 

LeakSmart took its existing system and turned it into a product any remodeler can install

kohler continousclean is a favorite among remodelers

A hands-free, worry-free system for keeping toilet bowls cleaner

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.

remodeler in chicagoland turns his backyard into oasis

Not wanting to obscure any of the view with vertical balusters, Rych used ½-inch tempered glass underneath the 1x6 deck railings. The view of the neighbor’s house, however, was purposely obscured to extend the illusion of a backyard oasis. The 4-by-7-foot cultured stone wall, angled at 45 degrees on the northeast corner of the deck, gives the chef and his guests their desired privacy.

A Chicagoland remodeler turns his bland backyard into an outdoor oasis

A system of tracks holds large panels off the sheathing, creating a rainscreen while also providing flashing at joints and a finished edge treatment  

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. 

A woodworker finds out using a homemade test apparatus and peanut butter bait

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

Products from A.O. Smith, Bosch, Broan, Panasonic, Belkin International, Garaventa Lift, Omega Flex, SharkBite Plumbing Solutions, Air King America, Schlage, and Rheem

...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

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