Jobsite Know-How

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

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

chalk lines made by quick release knot and professional remodeler doing remodeling

String lines are a simple way to keep things straight. But if the knot isn’t easy to tie and untie, the string keeps getting shorter.

raising a concrete slab by injecting high-density foam under it

High-density foam injected under a concrete pool patio raised cracked and sinking sections back to flush and level 

This exterior stair was formed over the top of an existing concrete stair sandwiched between masonry walls

Shower curbs create several corners close to the floor of the shower, where they get wet from splashing water. Even a small leak can be disastrous because over time it creates an ever-increasing vulnerable area that takes on more and more water. 

Most shower leaks occur at curbs, corners and drains. Building redundancy into the system reduces the risk.

ben bogie putting in a window

For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop

A hole saw and a scrap of drywall make for a strong, invisible patch

How to use SketchUp Match Photo-tutorial with step-by-step illustrations

Step-by-step instructions on how to display a SketchUp model on top of a photo of the existing space

pair of salvaged corbels inspires trim design

A pair of salvaged corbels inspires the trim design for a replacement entry door

Installing fat-wall window bucks

All photos: ProTradeCraft.com

Carefully installed window bucks make for secure fastening and easy alignment of windows and exterior trim 

Brick to roof flashing

Combine step flashing on the roof with through-wall flashing at the masonry

A fast, efficient, repeatable way to build drawers that are strong enough for the way most drawers are used

Photo: Hood River reDesign

These heating-cooling marvels work great but don’t always go with the rest of the room. Here are five ways to dress them up or conceal them altogether.

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