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Justin Fink has been on staff at Fine Homebuilding
since 2004 and currently serves as Project House editor.
Believing his strongest contribution stems from
his ongoing work as a remodeling contractor, Justin
stays immersed in the challenges being tackled by
builders in the real world. In that effort, he eagerly
tries new techniques and cutting-edge materials.
They’re a good start, but keeping your house dry and free of rot may require more than just drainage
This traditional design is easily
achieved with straightforward building
materials and common power tools
Heating and cooling, courtesy of the earth
Project House editor Justin Fink tests three heated jackets.
Whether you use a gun or a straw, there’s more to filling a gap than pulling a trigger
Three testers conduct isolated reviews of each brand’s 18v cordless tool
Anything but typical, this handsome outbuilding can be built by one person in about a week
These sleek drains open shower-design possibilities, but at a cost
How accurate is accurate enough? It all depends on the bubble vial and frame construction.
The options in penetrating exterior finishes may seem confusing, but there are some clues to help you choose
Learn what the differences are between brushed and brushless electric motors
Clean, fast cuts shouldn't cost a fortune
Wood, resin, aluminum, or magnesium?
Decoding the APA Stamp
You designed it and we built it, with the help of some great accessories
Festool claims to have reinvented the portable planer market. See what the Tool Hound thinks.
Porter-Cable enters a category that has long been dominated by Kreg, but is their new jig an improvement?
Newer models can play MP3s, charge batteries, and power accessories, but only the best radios survived our cruel trials
For ABS, PVC, and CPVC
It’s now the law for professional contractors, but working lead-safe should be a priority for everyone
What's the most dangerous tool that you work with? If your first thought is a power tool—probably a tablesaw—then the answer might surprise you.
The best way to deal with water is to let it drain away or dry out, and a gap of less than an inch behind the siding ensures both
What's the Difference: Learn how and when to use these tablesaw safety aids
Three testers, three sets of tools, one common task: Evaluate the flagship drill from each major too brand.
An easy way to turn on the faucet when your hands are soiled
Smart hoses prevent flood damage
Give your cabinets a makeover with stylish glass
New adjustable speed setting on Makita's BTD144 cordless impact driver offers better control when driving screws
Can this diminutive circular saw really replace the standard 7-1/4-in. variety on the jobsite? The Tool Hound investigates.
You can upgrade insulation without gutting your walls, but not until you know what’s in there now
Our review of Festool's 14.4-volt drill-driver model T15+3 reveals the torque and battery life of an 18-volt tool
New to the American table saw market, these safety accessories deliver a much-needed safety upgrade to prevent against kickback
We take a closer at Makita's 10-in. sliding compound miter saw to see how well it stands up to the rigors of the job site.
Band-Aid Tough-Strips stand up to a full day of hands-on work
Learn the differences between materials and three easy fixes that can make a damaged hose as good as new
The right one should fit your tools, your budget, your work, and even the weather outside
FastCap's new pocket chisel features a two-part handle that folds around the blade, keeping it sharp
Available in headers, beams, and posts, iLevel makes Wolmanized PSLs that resist rot and insects
The new Bosch jigsaw blade makes a cleaner cut than other stamped-metal blades
A new testing method measures the sustained torque of a tool with 95% accuracy
CertainTeed's DryRight insulation features R-values ranging from R-13 to R-19 and keeps wall cavities dry and mold-free
Finish carpenter Kit Camp revisits the "best overall" in the 12-in miter-saw category
3-Ply poly Chimney Balloon keeps hot air where it should be
When all else fails, an unlikely tool gets the job done
Marathon water heater by Water Heater Innovations, Inc.
Glass knobs and pulls by Sietto
Laser measures do the math for you. Can your tape measure do that?
Festool's new Kapex KS120 SCM delivers on features, precision
Figure 9 rope tightener
Acrylic-block door inserts can be retrofitted into existing doors
Zip System wall and roof sheathing
SharkBite push fittings
Headcote deck screws
X-Lite aluminum air compressor (EX8016)
Justin Fink reviews David Owen's latest book
Five tradesmen weigh in on where to put solid blocking for stair skirts, grab-bar anchors, and everything else the code leaves out
Designer ceramic tiles embrace subtle differences in appearance from batch to batch
Tundra fire extinguisher operates like a common aerosol can
Integrated with posts, railings, and stair risers, a new generation of exterior-light fixtures provides a wide range of deck-lighting options
Try one of these simple and inexpensive job-site solutions for securing your work on a bench top, keeping your tools sharp, and creating extension worksurfaces for your power tools
A combination square will get you the precision you need
Valve-grinding compound can save the day after you obliterate a screw-head
Use a file to extend the life of worn-down drywall-screw bits
Low on materials and high on utility, this door buck can be made with ease
If your pencil keeps falling out of your shirt pocket, there's a solution that is as simple as they come
In just a minute, you can solve a problem that has been bothering you for years
Irritated with your immaculate paintjob suffering at the hands of a stray bit of tape? All you need is some wax.
Searching for underground pipes doesn't have to be expensive, all you need is a couple of cheap materials
How you can capitalize on an age-old technique used to clean debris
You can go to the hardware store and buy a sanding block, but better yet, you can make your own with materials you already have
This method makes sure you'll be safe on your ladder, and it only takes a second
Say goodbye to inaccurate scribe lines
You may think using the claw of your hammer to separate two studs is the best method, but this tip proves that it's not
Give your hands a break and support heavy paint cans from the bottom with this technique
It may sound deceiving, but this tip will leave your compass out of the equation completely
Store cords neatly and transport them easily
If your electrician is right handed, this video may be of help to you.
Keeping your power source protected and visible is paramount, and this tip gives you a simple way to do it
Never prick your fingertips with nails again, thanks to a magnet
The Mosaic Masonry System is designed for any builder or do-it-yourselfer installation
Instant Pendant Light converts recessed light fixtures into pendant lights
Adjustable pin wrench
The Evo System, an aluminum frame-and-track setup that hangs on a series of rails
Quick Curve Plates
Quick align hinge shims
It's better-looking and more affordable than ever
A list of links to view products and see specs
This new generation of batteries will make your current cordless tools seem overweight and underpowered
How much time, trouble, and money does it take to install deck planks? It all depends on the fasteners you use.
Cover all of your framing with housewrap, but watch this video before you cut through to install your windows.
Install housewrap right if you want your walls to last. Watch this video and learn how to get your corners tight.
Learn how to seal building paper seams for water-tight exterior walls.
Remodeler and Fine Homebuilding editor Justin Fink shows us a straightforward way to measure and mark your plates before framing a wall.
New models are hitting the market at a feverish pace. Is the market saturated or is this a boon for home builders looking for the latest whizbang features?
According to the Tool Hound, better chuck, battery, and handle designs make this new cordless drill tops in comfort and convenience.
Step-by-step instructions on building an attractive bathroom vanity
With no gas cartridge to change, and no mechanical flywheel to wait for, this fast and portable trim gun is well worth its premium price.
Clean & Safe Pro
This new rasp takes up less space, works harder, and multitasks, so why wouldn't you replace that old cheese grater in your toolbox?
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