Construction Quality

Photo: Dan Morrison

It may look rustic—it means ‘to flower out’ in French—but it can get ugly if it causes deterioration in brick or block

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Construction Quality

For contractor, author, and reality TV star Brent Hull, a timeless house is a pursuit of education, understanding, and refinement

Airtight drywall, electrical box detail

By sealing the holes created by electrical boxes, you can eliminate a major source of air movement into exterior walls. All drawings: Dan Morrison

Best Practices

Drywall can be the first line of defense against the movement of moisture-laden air into exterior walls, if you take these steps

To make kitchen cabinet installation easier, follow these steps.
Construction Quality

Working in the proper sequence and allowing for humps and dips in floors and out-of-plumb walls are key to a problem-free job

Best Practices

The trend for integrated appliances has made installation more complicated and far more exacting 

Waterproofing dos and don'ts to ensure a dry basement
Best Practices

The dos and don’ts for properly finishing a basement

Management

This is why scheduling is important

Best Practices

Rule of thumb is that in porous material, water moves to where it is drier

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Building Technology

To use foam or not to use foam? 

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Building Materials

Let's hope it doesn't come to that, but if this cold snap continues, you never know.

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Construction Quality

Should homeowners and contractors share the blame for repairs? 

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Customer Satisfaction

Matt Risinger stands by his building price even if that means losing the job to a less expensive competitor. 

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