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Building A Modern Craftsman Staircase

Building A Modern Craftsman Staircase

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Building an exposed stringer staircase with reclaimed Long Leaf Pine is the job for a Master Carpenter. See my carpenter Darryl build this modern detailed staircase in a 1920's house my company remodeled.

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Douglas Fir Stained Siding - How To Details For Enduring Beauty

Douglas Fir Stained Siding - How To Details For Enduring Beauty

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I was back to do a one year service call on this guest house my company built a year ago, and I was struck by the beauty of the Doug Fir Siding. It looked as good as the day we installed it. In this video I'll tell you the How To tips to ensure your wood stained siding has beauty that endures.

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Cheap Tricks for Soundproofing

Cheap Tricks for Soundproofing

Soundproofing can be a very expensive addition to the price of construction, but there are some cheap tricks that will make a huge difference for not much cost. In this video I'll review 5/8" vs 1/2" drywall, the use of QuietPutty pads over outlets, double sheetrock, and Cast Iron drain pipes. These solutions can be much less expensive than using soundproofing drywall everywhere, but still make a tremendous difference towards achieving a quiet/peaceful house. -Matt Risinger

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Wood Siding - Best Practice Installation Method

Wood Siding - Best Practice Installation Method

You don't see much real wood siding on houses anymore, but wood can be a durable (and beautiful) option if we take the care to install it correctly. In this video I'll show you the tricks to a wood siding installation that will set you up for decades of beauty for your home.

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HVAC Ducting: Rigid Metal vs. Flex

HVAC Ducting: Rigid Metal vs. Flex

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In our Texas climate a well installed HVAC system is a must for a new home. I'm surprised by how few builders are using Rigid Metal ducting anymore. Come see how my crew uses both Rigid Metal & Flex for great air distribution in the homes I build.

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Building Wood Windows On The Job Site

Building Wood Windows On The Job Site

Nothing says Fine Craftsmanship like a site built wood window. In this video see how my carpentry crew build 5 large windows from Oak, African Mahogany, & Poplar.

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Installing Commercial Windows In A Residence - Best Practice

Installing Commercial Windows In A Residence - Best Practice

I love the look of Modern Architecture, but these modern details involving no overhangs & commercial windows require a lot of fore thought on the part of the builder. In this video I'll show you the Best Practice Install for Commercial Windows in Residential Construction.

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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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