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How-To

Smart Framing Strategies

Frame a door rough opening Frame a door rough opening A pro teaches you his three simple rules for framing rough openings efficiently

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Remodeling

12 Restoration Blunders

building basics

Use a Pull Saw
Pull saws aren't every-day tools, but they can come in handy on occasion.

Hang a Split-Jamb Door
Split-jamb doors have some advantages: they have casing installed already, which offers a little wiggle room in old houses in terms of accommodating wall thickness.

voice of experience

Rob MoodyAfter teaching environmental science and biology for seven years, Rob Moody began his building career in 2000 by renovating a historic home. read full bio

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