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Installing a door

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This site-built lever solves the problem of safely lifting and supporting a heavy load while working solo.  ​​​​

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

During a hurricane, a lot of wind and water damage occurs when soffits blow off the building, like the soffit. Here’s a look at why it happens and how to prevent it. ​​​​​​​

During a hurricane, a lot of wind and water damage occurs when soffits blow off the building. Here’s a look at why it happens and how to prevent it. 

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

drywall can be messy if you don't demo it right

Goodbye bull-and-jam demo. Magnets and drills are cleaner—and ultimately faster—than sledgehammers.

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

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.

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