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Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses

Students Get an Inside Look at High-Tech Houses

A Wisconsin technical college builds the first of three Passivhaus structures--a project that connects students in five related disciplines with outside pros

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A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea

Now here's a cool idea for a kid's room.

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How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun

How To Temporarily Tack Up Trim with a Nail Gun

If you need to tack a piece of trim in place temporarily so you can remove it later, you could go get your hammer and an old-fashioned nail, and bang that nail part of the way in, but there's a better way.

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Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

This unique solution to a "historic" problem is quite a surprise.

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Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training

Electricians Will Get Net-Zero Training

A training center to open in Los Angeles next year will train union electricians in advanced techniques integral to net-zero-energy technology

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Kitchen Storage

Kitchen Storage

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Everything is this kitchen was custom designed and built to create an efficient storage system.

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 A  Peaceful Porch​

A Peaceful Porch​

This lovely porch, built just off the kitchen takes advantage of its natural surroundings and actually gives an even greater feeling of spaciousness and protection from the elements by the large overhangs of the eaves.

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A fruit-friendly fridge

A fruit-friendly fridge

New refrigerator technology promises to keep your fruits and vegetables fresher and more nutritious

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Old and New

Old and New

Modern accents in traditional spaces makes for a unique look

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Safer Wall Raising With Steel Strapping

Safer Wall Raising With Steel Strapping

 If you're framing the second-floor walls on the exterior of a house, you could toenail the bottom plate into the deck and hope that the whole wall doesn't slip off the edge when you stand the wall up, but there's a better way         Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular...

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Bright and Welcoming Kitchen

Bright and Welcoming Kitchen

A 1928 home is opened up and changed into a contemporary living space.

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Turn On the Lights? Theres an App for That

Turn On the Lights? There's an App for That

Betting on fresh interest in networked home products, GE launches a light bulb that can be turned on and off with a smartphone.

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Reclaim Reuse Repurpose

Reclaim Reuse Repurpose

Using salvage materials may be almost all you need when building a home or remodeling.

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How To Connect PVC Pipe

How To Connect PVC Pipe

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Learn how to prepare plastic pipe fittings, apply primer and cement, and make the connection between the two parts.

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A Classic Maine House

A Classic Maine House

Nothing fancy or overblown, just a modest, well done farmhouse that has probably been there for a hundred years and is meticulously cared for.

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Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Faced with big repairs on a rental property in Washington, D.C., the owners decided to tear the building down and create a new one with used shipping containers.

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An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out

An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out

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If you're using an oil-based product, like plumber's putty or glazing compound, you could just seal the lid tightly when you're done and hope that when you come back in a year or two the putty isn't rock hard, but there's a better way.

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Oven doors that leave the handle behind

Oven doors that leave the handle behind

Two new wall ovens from Wolf combine sleek style and ergonomic function

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Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

There are plenty of competitions for innovative and beautiful projects. Now there's one for engineering and architecture that just plain sucks.

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The dining room with the floating Stairs

The dining room with the floating Stairs

This modern home in San Francisco is light filled and dynamic.

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