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Building Monitoring Software Offered for Free

Building Monitoring Software Offered for Free

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation has developed a program for tracking real-time energy use, and it offers the system to anyone who wants it

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For Those Cool Autumn Evenings....

For Those Cool Autumn Evenings....

I'm seeing a lot of outdoor fireplaces in my work these days​, and as fall approaches one can understand their popularity.

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Our Secret to Getting a Crisp Finish

Our Secret to Getting a "Crisp" Finish

To get the perfectly flat, smooth drywall finish that is so important to the finish of our homes, we use Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) Studs. Read on for my top 4 reasons to use LSL Studs and tips for installation.

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Caring for Hardwood Decking

Caring for Hardwood Decking

Link to a site with terrific information on finishing and refinishing hardwood decking.

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Wellstone Place

Wellstone Place

The fiberglass exterior makes such a huge difference in our salt air environment, and the wood interior really coincides with the interior trim.

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LEDs Could Get A Lot Cheaper

LEDs Could Get A Lot Cheaper

Researchers are developing new materials to replace rare-earth elements. Steep cost reductions are possible.

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How to Make a Curved Cut in Tile

How to Make a Curved Cut in Tile

Learn the basics of how to cut curves in tile with a wet saw

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The staircase is the key

The staircase is the key

Stairs say a lot about a project.

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Construction Site Rules

Construction Site Rules

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These are the Construction Site Rules we post on all our job sites; we also have all our sub-contractors sign a copy of these rules as part of their agreement.

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Seaside Garden

Seaside Garden

Seaside gardens can be lovely but this one is particularly nice. Located near Cape Cod, its small scale and proximity to the water make a wonderful combination

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House Wrap for Modern Architecture

House Wrap for Modern Architecture

Choosing the correct weather resistant barrier (or house wrap) it's important to take into account the amount of exposure your walls are getting. Houses with more exposure will require a more robust waterproofing strategy. Read on for more information and my tips for choosing the right house wrap for your project.

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Deck Finishes

Deck Finishes

Tips on how to maximize the durability of a deck finish.

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Finding the Small-House Sweet Spot

Finding the Small-House Sweet Spot

Two builders collaborate on a 60-unit subdivision where 610-sq.-ft. houses start at $129,900 and solar panels mean free heat

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Water for Cutting Masonry

Water for Cutting Masonry

If you have to cut a paving stone or concrete block with an angle grinder, you could cut it dry and get a face full of dust and possibly ruin the blade, but there's a better way.

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What I did on my summer vacation.

What I did on my summer vacation.

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A trailer park offers overnight rentals in Vintage RV's

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Saniflo Saniswift Drainage Pump

Saniflo Saniswift Drainage Pump

There are numerous examples where gray water removal is needed in a remodel type situation. There are just as many possible complications, but a big one is the lack of below-floor drainage. If you...

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Wilkinson Lake Home

Wilkinson Lake Home

With both prairie meadow views and lake views, the large expanse of glass allows the outdoor beauty to be visible from nearly every room of the home.

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The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

Working in Texas for over 10 years, I've learned how important it is to select materials that work well with the climate. In this video, I review the benefits of using a metal roof when you're working with in the hot and humid southern states of the US.

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A Green Guide for Native Americans

A Green Guide for Native Americans

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Government and tribal representatives release a guide to help revive sustainable-building practices for tribal housing

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Green Building Council Names Home of the Year

Green Building Council Names Home of the Year

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The Hawaiian home is the first in the state to be certified under the newest version of LEED

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