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How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall

How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall

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Adding a layer of rigid-foam insulation to the outside of a poured concrete foundation saves energy, but it raises a key question: What's the best way of protecting and finishing the foam that remains above grade.

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What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

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Our new project space has turned into a bigger project than anticipated.

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Problems with Nissan Frontier Pickups

Problems with Nissan Frontier Pickups

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Nissan is recalling 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks for steering problems. The recall also affects Xterra SUVs.

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How to Keep Noise Under Control

How to Keep Noise Under Control

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Too much noise is a nagging environmental problem that can be every bit as objectionable as cold air drafts or low indoor air quality. Noise from an outdoor source--a nearby freeway or construction...

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You Could Save a Historic Prison

You Could Save a Historic Prison

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Don't let these beautiful stone, timber, and cast iron architectural details end up in a land fill.

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Whats the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

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A homeowner with chemical sensitivities who lives near a Superfund site seeks the most effective way of keeping potential toxins out of her basement

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Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall?

Can You Add Rigid-Foam Insulation On the Inside of a Wall?

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Leaving exterior walls intact during a kitchen remodel, a builder has a plan for boosting the insulation and getting a good air seal by applying rigid foam on the inside.

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Timeless Beauty

Timeless Beauty

The Shakers' brief heyday has created a lasting legacy.

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Radiant Floor Heating: Can One Floor Heat Two Stories?

Radiant Floor Heating: Can One Floor Heat Two Stories?

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  Would a house be comfortable if you just heat the bottom floor?   With 6,000 heating degree days a year, Omaha, Nebraska, isn’t exactly balmy come mid-winter. If a ranch-style house has a radiant-floor heating...

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Should Insulated Concrete Forms be Air-Sealed?

Should Insulated Concrete Forms be Air-Sealed?

Roger Lin wants a very tight house, tight enough to meet the Passive House standard of 0.6 air changes per hour under a blower-door test. Lin will be using insulated concrete forms, which combine...

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My New Favorite Power Tool

My New Favorite Power Tool

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After struggling with a consumer-grade chainsaw for years, I finally bucked up for the real deal.

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Get 50% Off Admission to West Coast Green 2010

Get 50% Off Admission to West Coast Green 2010

We've been asked to offer a great deal on tickets to the world's leading interactive conference on green innovation for the built environment.

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Podcast: Liability and Lead-Safe Remodeling -- Insurance, Anyone?

Podcast: Liability and Lead-Safe Remodeling -- Insurance, Anyone?

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In this episode we’ll finish up our  our series on lead paint. In the first two episodes of this three-part series we talked about tools, OSHA,  and costs. In this episode we talk...

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Podcast: The New Cost of Lead-Safe Remodeling

Podcast: The New Cost of Lead-Safe Remodeling

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Welcome back to the Lunch Pail Podcast series. In this epidode, we continue our series on lead paint. Last episode, we talked about tools; now we'll talk about costs. In the next, and final, episode...

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Podcast: Lead-Safe Remodeling Tools and Equipment

Podcast: Lead-Safe Remodeling Tools and Equipment

Welcome back to Fine Homebuilding’s lunchpail podcast. We’ve been on a bit of a vacation lately and we’re back now. This week we’ll begin a series on lead paint and the new...

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