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Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?

Are Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems Really That Much Better?

A writer wonders whether off-the-grid systems might rightfully find a place in the debate over renewable energy.

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Tablesaw Kickback

Tablesaw Kickback

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Link to a video of tablesaw kickback

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Fixing a Hot-Water Problem

Fixing a Hot-Water Problem

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As part of a renovation of his four-story house in San Francisco, John Metcalfe has added a pair of tankless hot water heaters. But instead of delivering lots of hot water quickly, the revamped plumbing system means a two-minute wait for hot water at the shower or in the kitchen.

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Doctoring Curves Into PVC Decking

Doctoring Curves Into PVC Decking

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Fast-paced video of heating and bending PVC decking

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Patricks Barn: Framing a Deck

Patrick's Barn: Framing a Deck

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Building a porch on the back is one of the barn's last big projects.

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Reflections on Hurricane Sandy

Reflections on Hurricane Sandy

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The anniversary of the second-costliest hurricane in US history is only a few weeks away. During the last week of October, 2012, Hurricane Sandy ripped up the Altantic coast, causing over $68 billion...

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"You're Too Smart to Become a Carpenter"

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A tribute to a fine friend and mentor

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Child TV Star Now Makes Concrete Countertops

Child TV Star Now Makes Concrete Countertops

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One more white-collar veteran discovers the value of hard work

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Patricks Barn: Blower-Door Testing

Patrick's Barn: Blower-Door Testing

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With training from FHB author Larry Armanda, I test the airtightness of our barn with a blower door.

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How to Insulate a Flat Roof

How to Insulate a Flat Roof

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Atlanta architect Scott West designs a lot of contemporary houses with flat roofs, and he's looking for advice on the best way of insulating them. There are a variety of options, but at least one reader wonders whether he should junk the flat roof plan in favor of something else.

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Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpeliers Log-Cabin School

Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpelier's Log-Cabin School

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Would you like to spend a week working alongside talented restoration carpenters to reconstruct a piece of history?

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What Makes the Best Air Barrier?

What Makes the 'Best' Air Barrier?

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Planning a high-performance house in Massachusetts, Bill L asks the Green Building Advisor's Q&A Forum how to build in an air barrier that will stand the test of time. He's not sure that specialized construction tapes are the way to go.

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High-Speed Homebuilding Videos

High-Speed Homebuilding Videos

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Three time-lapse videos, each of a different style house and set to a different genre of music. Which one is your favorite?

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Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

FHB author Bill Rainford (#237, Master Carpenter - Reproducing Traditional Moldings) wrote a blog his work with Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving buildings in the Boston area.

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Extended Tailgate Interview: Susan Marvin, Window Manufacturer

Extended Tailgate Interview: Susan Marvin, Window Manufacturer

Editor's note: We didn't quite have room for the entire interview in the recent issue of Fine Homebuilding so we're posting it here SUSAN MARVIN, WINDOW MANUFACTURER Keeping a labor force intact was...

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