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New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) bans electric-resistance water heaters that are 55 gal. or bigger.

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Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

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FHB is testing ultra-portable table saws and we'd like to hear about your experience with the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt 7490/7491.

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An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine

An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine

Kreg's $400 Foreman pocket-hole machine is nearly as fast and less expensive than cabinet-shop versions.

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Porter-Cable Recalls Routers

Porter-Cable Recalls Routers

This popular monster-sized router can shock users because the handles are uninsulated

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Building the Best Affordable House: 10 tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money

Building the Best Affordable House: 10 tips for Getting the Most House for Your Money

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Here are the top ten things you can do to build on a budget.

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Solar Power for Home Use: The grid connection

Solar Power for Home Use: The grid connection

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Grid-tied home solar systems offer a reliable flow of electricity and lower energy costs. But how well they work may be changing.

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Colonial-era rainscreen?

Colonial-era rainscreen?

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During a rot repair job, I found an early attempt at a rainscreen wall.

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A Carpenters Table

A Carpenter's Table

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Fast-forward video of timber-framing a dining table.

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Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti

Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti

He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings and a water park; now Fred Schilling applies his wrench to bringing clean water to the people of Haiti.

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What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?

What Are the Best Affordable Home Security Systems?

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For home security, the low-hanging fruit may be in your smartphone.

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How to Insulate an Exposed Floor

How to Insulate an Exposed Floor

A homeowner in central New York discovers some condensation in the floor of an addition that is 5 ft. off the ground. He wonders about the source of the moisture, and what to do about it.

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How to Finish Drywall and Not Make a Total Mess

How to Finish Drywall and Not Make a Total Mess

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Skim-coating drywall and low-dust sanding

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How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets

How to Get the Best Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Thinking of hiring a local shop to build your cabinets? Here's how to determine whether you've found the right one.

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Mortgages for a Second House

Mortgages for a Second House

Getting a loan for that weekend getaway house is possible, although you may find some requirements to be stiffer than for your primary home.

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Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Sources for home improvement materials and information

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