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fake ceiling beams

Careful scribing and some handy solo-installation tools make for a quality installation

crown jig with labels

A setup tip and a jig make for more consistent, error-free miters when cutting crown on a power miter saw. 

Scribing techniques

Two techniques for cutting irregular shapes without measuring dimensions or angles.

LEED Completed project with PVC siding cladding

The exterior of this Minneapolis remodel is clad using PVC panels and open-joint PVC deck boards applied in asymmetric patterns and trimmed with narrow extruded aluminum profiles.

And when we say “lasts,” we’re talking about a really, really, long, long time.

open cladding rainscreen

New materials make for a water management rainscreen system that drains well and doesn’t telegraph through open-joint siding.

soundproofing a remodel

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Effective soundproofing is the result of the materials used, and how they are connected or isolated from each other.

laying large format tiles

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When large tiles break, the substrate usually gets the blame. But often the real culprit is using the wrong technique to trowel the mortar.

brick house basement flooded

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Create a drainage plane and rebuild with water-tolerant materials

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 demo

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.

smoke to find air leaks

A pre-construction smoke-test will produce air leaks you (and your clients) can see

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