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How to bend baseboard around a curved wall

How to bend baseboard around a curved wall

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If you need to install baseboard along a curved wall, use string to measure and cut relief kerfs on the back of the stock so the baseboard will bend more easily.

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Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations

Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations

In the South there are two main foundation types. Concrete Piers with Wooden beams that elevate the house above the ground, and concrete slab foundations that sit on the ground. In this video I'm discussion the merits of these two options with Building Science expert Mark LaLiberte.

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Using Pivot Hinges for a Master Bedroom Closet

Using Pivot Hinges for a Master Bedroom Closet

Pivot hinges make a bold statement in these floor to ceiling veneered closet doors, see how we used them in the Master Bedroom of a 60's remodeled house.

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Maintaining & Flushing a Tankless Water Heater

Maintaining & Flushing a Tankless Water Heater

Tankless water heaters need an annual service to get the maximum life out of your unit. This is a simple process of de-scaling using vinegar and cleaning your in-line filter. This video will show you how to do it.

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Best Attic for Hot/Humid Climates

Best Attic for Hot/Humid Climates

Most houses in Hot/Humid climates don't have basements so that means that most ductwork in Southern house runs through super hot attic spaces. In this video I'll show you a rather civilized attic space that really makes for a comfortable & efficient house!

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How to Prevent Termites: Pretreat Without Harsh Chemicals

How to Prevent Termites: Pretreat Without Harsh Chemicals

The old school way to prevent termites from eating your house was to dump noxious chemicals on the ground around your house. The green way to do it is to use a borate treatment on your framing lumber. In this video I'll show you the right way to prevent infestations.

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The $6000 House: No Plan Survives First Contact

The $6000 House: No Plan Survives First Contact

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As Move-in date approaches, I'm forced to reconsider some early decisions.

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The $6000 House: The Hunt

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The buying experience

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Building a radon-resistant home.

Building a radon-resistant home.

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What is deadly and might be lurking in your basement? No, not a Ninja (well probably not), in most cases it is Radon. And it is important to know what Radon is and how to ensure it isn't a threat to your household. From building to testing, I will share what I learned about Radon while building my house.

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The $6000 House: Taking Posession

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The adventure begins ...

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The $6000 House

The $6000 House

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Housing Melt-Down: Opportunities for Modern Pioneers

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Siting a House

Siting a House

Things to consider when you want to take advantage of the sun's free energy.

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How to Soundproof a Bedroom using Green Glue & Double Sheetrock

How to Soundproof a Bedroom using Green Glue & Double Sheetrock

Almost every project I build has some sound proofing needed. Media Rooms, Master Bedrooms, Meditation Rooms, Home offices... these can all benefit from some careful planning & sound abatement techniques. In this video I'll show you how we used Green Glue between two layers of 5/8" drywall to provide soundproofing between a Master Bedroom and an adjacent kids bedroom.

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The Concepts of Owning Land and Green Building

The Concepts of "Owning Land" and "Green Building"

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Does my lot extend vertically down into the center of the earth and up to the outer reaches of the ionosphere? Once you start thinking about land "ownership" there is a lot to consider. In terms of green building, what makes one option green while another is merely "green-washed"?

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Air Sealing with Owens Cornings new Energy Complete system

Air Sealing with Owens Corning's new Energy Complete system

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I'm a huge believer in Spray Foam for air sealing, but foam will only air seal the cavity that it's sprayed into. Here's where Owens Corning's new Energy Complete has a leg up on Foam. In this video you'll see how their system does an excellent job of air sealing so that their total-fill fiberglass system doesn't have any air flow issues to deal with. -Matt Risinger

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