Construction Quality

Installing a vapor barrier in a sealed crawlspace

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To avoid moisture and mold problems, isolate the crawlspace framing from the soil with a heavy-duty vapor barrier

An energy-minded carpenter’s take on when it makes sense to use less wood in a wall—and when it doesn’t

Once a job taken for granted, the window installer today is seen as key to the operation

Warm air esaping through a ridge vent pulls outside air in through the soffits. Use baffles where rafters meet attic floor joists to precent the insulation from blocking air movement.

When properly detailed, roof ventilation keeps roofing materials cooler and prevents ice dams

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

Photo: Erika Taylor

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

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.

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

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

Waterproofing dos and don'ts to ensure a dry basement

The dos and don’ts for properly finishing a basement

This is why scheduling is important

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

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To use foam or not to use foam? 

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

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Should homeowners and contractors share the blame for repairs? 

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

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