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Longtime builder and contributing editor Rick Arnold still swings a hammer with his older son but probably spends more time writing and presenting seminars about construction. Rick spends his downtime in the evening sitting near the backyard fire pit with his wife and two dogs. You can reach him through the website efficientexteriors.com.
Where Band-Aid solutions won’t work, you might be able to save the frame and make your deck safe again
Build the roof first to make the installation go smoother
Whether by bag or truckload, the right concrete can make the project, and the wrong concrete can ruin it.
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.
For good results with this rotproof material, you have to understand how it moves
Form, pour, and stamp a concrete sidewalk for an inviting path to any front door
Step by step guide with everything you'll need to take your deck from footings and framing to finish.
An L-shaped staircase is less complicated than you might think, and the framing techniques shown here will improve even the most basic set of stairs.
The word 'shed' doesn't do justice to the solid structure Rick Arnold builds in our month-long video series. Tune in now to watch the first few episodes.
Rick Arnold reviews the top features of more than a dozen 16-ga. finish nailers
Rick Arnold lists his top-four must-have features that distinguish one nailer in a market of many
Secondary features worth considering when choosing a finish nailer
Titen HD screw anchor by Simpson Strong-Tie
The right tool can improve the speed, accuracy, and quality of your trimwork
Fuego 6 1⁄2-in. Compact Circular Saw
Smart framing and layout make this job seem easy
Convoy Super caulking gun
Using a construction calculator during planning helps avoid wasting time, money, and materials
Time-saving tips about planning, materials, and construction that will get any outbuilding up in a hurry
A pro shares a framing method for high-performance stairs that resist cracking, shrinking, and warping
Use a sliding T-bevel and simple angles to simplify skirtboard and landing transitions
The best models help you to handle a multitude of carpentry tasks by setting up quickly, moving easily, and providing solid support
Comments on seven additional stands reviewed by our testers
Flashing dormers using peel-and-stick bowties
Assembling parts on the ground and cutting the roof at the last minute provide a low-stress route to a high-value project
Aluminum fascias and vinyl soffits never need painting, look great, and incorporate ventilation
Get the details right, and a small increase in wall thickness can make a big difference in energy performance
Build this simple foundation with basic tools and ingredients
The newest corded saws cut more aggressively than their predecessors, and they're easier to adjust and handle
If you know how to handle a few tricky spots, this elegant detail can be a snap to install
The final result looks like custom trim, but it's painless and affordable to make by combining stock profiles
Thanks to interlocking foam forms, you can form, pour, and insulate any small foundation in a single day
New circular saws are more lightweight, comfortable, convenient, and precise than ever before. Here's a close look at 10 top models.
Radiant-panel systems a carpenter can install are perfect under a wood floor
In a field of powerful and accurate tools, three saws stand out with useful features and large cutting capacities
Do the math on a calculator so that you can concentrate on what's important: getting the rafters right
Five steps, four hours, one window, zero mess
Grafting the right foundation onto a house that's neither square nor level
Whether you prefer coil nailers or stick nailers, it's a buyer's market. Two seasoned builders sort through 30 models and find new favorites.
These simple site-built beams are the backbone of the house, so make sure you build them straight and set them level
Proper framing for bearing and nonbearing walls
Despite the obstacles, converting that dark, scary place into comfortable living space is much cheaper than adding on
A nailing flange makes installation quick and easy; but pay attention to the details, or you'll never get the windows open
All 12 of these versatile saws crosscut, bevel and miter; which one should you buy?
They're as common on job sites as circular saws, but if you're not using your pneumatic nailer properly, maybe you should stick with your hammer
They hold up the house, hold back the earth and keep out the water. If they're not level and square, you may end up custom-cutting every rafter.
Fill up a trench with concrete -- what's to know? If a house is going to stand on those little sidewalks, they'd better be straight, level and correctly placed.
If you do the layout carefully and precut all the joists, the floor will go together quickly like a giant jigsaw puzzle
Forget the mess of roll roofing -- for flat or low-slope roofs, EPDM membranes are the way to go
How a seasoned crew uses a story pole and an efficient work sequence to install this traditional siding
Whether you're building a new house or remodeling an old one, engineered lumber can give you squeak-free floors with fewer callbacks
When properly detailed, high-tech wrappings can reduce the flow of air into outside walls while allowing moisture to escape
Keep the numbered trusses in order, and entire hip sections can be assembled on the ground and lifted as single units
Careful preparation and wise use of a crane can allow a good-size roof to be framed and sheathed in a day
If you assume the foundation is accurate, you may end up custom cutting each rafter and fussing with every miter in your trim
A method for laying out stair stringers using a construction calculator
In this video series, veteran builder Rick Arnold shows us his simplified method for laying out and building a bay roof.
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