Jobsite Know-How

accurate framing penetrations

The trick is to drill a tiny exploratory hole with a locator bit made from a piece of piano wire

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.

A pre-construction smoke-test will produce air leaks you (and your clients) can see

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

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

Tools and techniques for making perfect electrical box cutouts every time

Use these guidelines to avoid common mistakes 

nail injuries can be far too common for remodelers

Studies show that “bump nailers” cause twice as many serious injuries compared with sequential-trigger nail guns. Three carpenters (Shawn Mahler, Caleb Miller, and Nathan Roberts) described the injuries shown in these photos during video interviews available at the website for the Center for Construction Research and Training.

Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers

Tips for making a perfect joint where wood meets brick or other irregular surfaces

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.

Roofing Details  for Storm Country

Properly overlapping metal flashing, sealing tapes, and peel-and-stick membranes keeps wind-driven water from getting into the house

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

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

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

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

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

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