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Frozen Pipes? What to do.

Frozen Pipes? What to do.

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Learn how to deal with frozen pipes safely and how to prevent them from freezing in the future.

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Deck Codes

Deck Codes

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Unlike the IRC, the alternative DCA-6 deck code provides clear construction details. And it's free.

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Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting

Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting

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When done incorrectly a landscape lighting system can be a household hazard. Fortunately, installing a system correctly isn’t hard. Here are the important details to consider and the one resource you must read before installing any landscape lighting system.

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The Basics of Replacement Windows

The Basics of Replacement Windows

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Everything you want to know about installing replacement windows.

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How to Become a Carpenter

How to Become a Carpenter

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Advice on landing that first carpentry job

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The Best Idea for a Small Bath?

The Best Idea for a Small Bath?

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One word: Daylight

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Whats the best attic insulation?

What's the best attic insulation?

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The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for.

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Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

A stone farmhouse built in the late 1700's has been restored to a modern version of its former glory

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks, Day 3

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 3

Even on the show's last day, there's still a bunch of cool stuff to see.

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks, Day 2

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 2

I'm continuing my quest for best new products at the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks

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I'm on the prowl for the best new building products.

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The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends

The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends

Could the paradoxical staircase from the movie "Inception" really be built?

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News from the International Builders Show: New Product Preview

News from the International Builders' Show: New Product Preview

I'm heading to Las Vegas for the International Builders' Show.

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Can You Paint Ceramic Tile?

Can You Paint Ceramic Tile?

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Faced with an messy demolition and potentially expensive tile, many homeowners are tempted to cover ugly tile with paint. Probably not a good idea, at least according to two experts.

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Whats the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House

What's the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House

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For all the talk about square feet, size doesn't really matter.

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