When large tiles break, the substrate usually gets the blame. But often the real culprit is using the wrong technique to trowel the mortar.
Create a drainage plane and rebuild with water-tolerant materials
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
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. 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
For long-lasting results, reattach loose lath and plaster surrounding the patch
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
The trick is to drill a tiny exploratory hole with a locator bit made from a piece of piano wire
A tile setter shares a 40-year-old secret to tooling perfect joints every time
How to lay out, align, and connect the inner and outer walls of a superinsulated double-wall house
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
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