Jobsite Know-How

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.

Roofing Details  for Storm Country

Properly overlapping metal flashing, sealing tapes, and peel-and-stick membranes keeps wind-driven water from getting into the house

wooden i-joist jobsite know how pro remodeler

Adding plywood gussets to short lengths of I-joist makes for easy-to-install blocking in an engineered floor frame

A strip of plywood, some blocks, and a table saw will help you salvage crooked framing lumber by safely ripping a straight edge 

Ten tips on how to layout and set tile in a running bond pattern on shower walls 

A system of tracks holds large panels off the sheathing, creating a rainscreen while also providing flashing at joints and a finished edge treatment  

A woodworker finds out using a homemade test apparatus and peanut butter bait

This double-grooved decking system uses neoprene gaskets that serve as hidden fasteners and prevent water from draining between boards

under cabinet lighting done right by a remodeler

Dozens of light meter apps are available for IOS and android smartphones and tablets.

More on-site light-meter readings lead to evidence-based recommendations for effective undercabinet lighting

chalk lines made by quick release knot and professional remodeler doing remodeling

String lines are a simple way to keep things straight. But if the knot isn’t easy to tie and untie, the string keeps getting shorter.

raising a concrete slab by injecting high-density foam under it

High-density foam injected under a concrete pool patio raised cracked and sinking sections back to flush and level 

This exterior stair was formed over the top of an existing concrete stair sandwiched between masonry walls

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