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Book review: Crafting the Considerate House

Book review: Crafting the Considerate House

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David Gerstel literally wrote the book on how to run a successful construction company. It’s called Running a Successful Construction Company (Taunton, 1991), and it’s arguably the best...

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UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

UPDATE: Ultimate Miter-Saw Stand -- And the Winner is...

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Fine Homebuilding is on a mission to design and build the perfect miter saw rig There’s no shortage of collapsible, portable job site miter saw stands on the market. Some are costeffective...

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Do Building Codes Really Do Us Any Good?

Do Building Codes Really Do Us Any Good?

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A Baltimore-area builder with 30 years of experience is discouraged with what he sees in the building industry: strict building codes but poorly trained carpenters.

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New Jacket Has Heating Element

New Jacket Has Heating Element

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Milwaukee's M12 Jacket uses an M12 battery to stay warm for up to six hours.

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Time to give up CAD (Cardboard Aided Design).

Time to give up CAD (Cardboard Aided Design).

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With help from a friend, I've decided to learn SketchUp and enter the 21st century.

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A Place for Everything

A Place for Everything

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I finally did something to organize my collection of long-handled tools.

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Is There a Checklist for Building a House?

Is There a Checklist for Building a House?

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Information on energy efficient homes and green design is readily available to anyone with an internet connection or library card. But wading through all of it is a massive undertaking. Is there a way of getting right to the point?

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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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