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Mastering Wood

Mastering Wood

Think you know all there is to know about wood? Sure, you probably work with it everyday, but check out these article below to make you really have masters level understanding of classic home...

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Faucets: From Finding to Fixing this Fixure

Faucets: From Finding to Fixing this Fixure

Posting a story about a series of faucets that range in price from $12,000 to $20,000. If you missed that post and your jaw just dropped, you read about these faucets here and see why they cost so...

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Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation

Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation

If you're going to be taking on a shed project, you need to check out these articles that all focus on what's underneath--the flooring and foundation. It's easy to overlook this part of the build...

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Tubs: Adding Some Luxury

Tubs: Adding Some Luxury

Bathrooms have changed a great deal over years. More homeowners 

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Installing Grace Ice & Water Shield Underlayment

Installing Grace Ice & Water Shield Underlayment

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A home is both shelter and investment and extreme weather is a real concern, so it's so real surprise that consumers want to know that their home is constructed to withstand the likes of winddriven...

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Doing Siding Right

Doing Siding Right

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Even though it can make or break the look of a home, most of us don't give siding too much thought. Seems like the thing we see first deserves a little for attention. Check out the articles below to...

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Working Out a Walkway

Working Out a Walkway

Walkways can add a lot of beauty to a home. They can also be a lot of work to install if you don't know what you're doing. Skipping important steps can impact the final result, create a lot more work...

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Getting Footings Right

Getting Footings Right

Footings might not be very glamorous, but the reality is the quality of the work above doesn't matter all that much if the footings below fail. When footings fail the results can be truly...

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Get Great Drywall Results

Get Great Drywall Results

Interior wall finishing is a popular topic at Fine Homebuilding. It's a task that just about all pros and do-it-yourselfers will eventually tackle. Also, bad work is right there on the surface. If...

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Understanding Deck Stain

Understanding Deck Stain

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Last year, I stained my deck. It was a small project, but one that was a few years overdue. Can you relate? I spent a significant amount of time on the prep work, as expected the stain went on...

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Its Deck Building Season

It's Deck Building Season

While some parts of the country enjoy pleasant weather all year or almost year round, many of us are just now seeing the snow melt completely. It's taken a long time, but is officially spring across...

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Roof Venting Done Right

Roof Venting Done Right

I live in New England where ice dams are a common problem, which is to say improper roof venting is a common problem. Roof-wrecking ice dams aren't the only reason to make sure a roof is properly...

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Insulation and Attics

Insulation and Attics

Potential Air Leaks in the Attic In a conventional attic, insulation typically placed between the ceiling joists of the rooms below can be only partially effective if air leaks aren'tproperly sealed...

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How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top

How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top

In this video, senior editor and old-school carpenter Andy Engel takes on cutting a sink opening in a laminate countertop. You’ll get tips on layout, cutting without chipping, and how to make a cut that’s too close to the backsplash for a jigsaw to make.

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How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding

How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding

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All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple tools to get access for repairs or modifications to a wall covered in this popular cladding.

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Install a Prehung Exterior Door

Install a Prehung Exterior Door

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Installing an exterior door so it works and looks great is an essential building skill. Carpenter Andy Engel is going to show us how to do it.

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Blower-Door Testing

Blower-Door Testing

Learn how to set up a blower door and run an airtightness test.

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How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height

How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height

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You don't have to order an expensive custom door if your rough opening is a non-standard size. Buy a stock door instead and make it fit. Watch this video to learn how.

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How to Install a New Toilet

How to Install a New Toilet

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Plumber Mike Lombardi covers every step, from placing the wax ring to putting the lid on the toilet tank

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How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable

How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable

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Use these tips on your next electrical rough-in project to keep your Romex® brand cable or other non-metallic cables from getting all kinked.

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How to Sharpen a Block Plane

How to Sharpen a Block Plane

Associate editor Patrick McCombe shows how he tunes up an old plane or preps a new plane for its first use

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How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing

How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing

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Roofing project manager Dyami Plotke demonstrates how to fabricate complex pieces of flashing with a sheet-metal brake and describes the various pieces needed to make a chimney-to-roof connection watertight

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How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door

How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door

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You may be nervous about drilling the proper holes for that new lock set or door handle, but it's not as difficult as it looks

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How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun

How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun

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Remodeling contractor Mike Sloggatt demonstrates how to use a professional spray-sealant gun to make this patio door (or any door) more energy efficient

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