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A Novel Way to Store Energy

A Novel Way to Store Energy

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A startup company proposes to use pressurized water and old gas and oil wells as part of a system that stores energy

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Straw-Bale Bedroom

Straw-Bale Bedroom

A storage wall in a straw bale house.

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Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation

Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation

If you're going to be taking on a shed project, you need to check out these articles that all focus on what's underneath--the flooring and foundation. It's easy to overlook this part of the build...

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Recycled PVC Raises Health Concerns

Recycled PVC Raises Health Concerns

A report from the Healthy Building Network finds levels of lead in vinyl flooring made with recycled plastics that can be alarmingly high

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Insights Into the New York Jail Break

Insights Into the New York Jail Break

The New York Times has a boilermaker test various methods the escapees could have used to cut into a 24-in. steel pipe.

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Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg Right Angle Drill

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Super Hawg Right Angle Drill

When Milwaukee released the Hole Hawg in 2014, it described it as optimized for electrical applications. Now, a bigger version has been unveiled that is said to be enginneered with plumbers and HVAC...

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 Colorful Oak Bluffs Cottage

Colorful Oak Bluffs Cottage

This colorful and tiny carpenter gothic cottage is found in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on the island of Martha's Vineyard.

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All About the Hammer

All About the Hammer

Regardless of your specialty, from framer to fine carpenter, the one tool everyone owns is a hammer. You might use own all day or only every once in a while, but you own one. Check out these articles...

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Starborn Smart-Bit Depth Setter

Starborn Smart-Bit Depth Setter

Improperly set screws are a sign of sloppy work. On the other hand, perfectly driving each and every screw to the correct depth requires a slower approach. The Starborn Smart-Bit allows you to work...

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Metal Corner Bead Substitutes for Drywall Clips

Metal Corner Bead Substitutes for Drywall Clips

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Learn how to hang drywall on a one-stud corner

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Fitting a shower in a small-bath floorplan

Fitting a shower in a small-bath floorplan

What's the difference between a powder room and a fully functional bathroom? It's the 3-sq. ft. you find for a shower.

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MTI Baths Addresses California Drought With Design Changes

MTI Baths Addresses California Drought With Design Changes

California is experiencing such a significant drought that mandatory water restrictions are in place. The goal is reduce overal water usage by 25 percent. MTI Baths has taken advantage of its ability...

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New U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center outside of Las Vegas

New U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center outside of Las Vegas

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The new visitor center on Mt Charleston provides an opportunity people to expand their idea of Las Vegas.

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Work Begins on Worlds Tallest Passivhaus Building

Work Begins on World's Tallest Passivhaus Building

The tower on Roosevelt Island in New York City will be 270 ft. tall and contain 350 housing units. Its metal wall panels will be prefabricated off site.

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Steve Thomas: Postcards From the Final Day of Home Builders Blitz 2015

Steve Thomas: Postcards From the Final Day of Home Builders Blitz 2015

Below are some photos that capture the many faces of those involved in this year’s Home Builders Blitz for Habitat for Humanity.

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Irwin Impact Screw-Grip Screw Extractors

Irwin Impact Screw-Grip Screw Extractors

A stripped screw is frustrating. Having a screw extractor not work will really up the  frustration levels. Irwin's Screw-Grip extractors are part of its Impact Performance Series of tools and...

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Self-Taught MBA: The Elements of Building, a new book by Mark Q. Kerson

Self-Taught MBA: 'The Elements of Building,' a new book by Mark Q. Kerson

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There’s only a handful of books aimed at the business of building. Of those, only three talk turkey to remodelers and small homebuilders, and none were written recently. So it’s about time for an update, and 'The Elements of Building: A Business Handbook for Residential Builders and Tradesmen' fills the void.

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Industry Group Publishes Solar Guide

Industry Group Publishes Solar Guide

The pamphlet offers basic advice to homeowners who are considering the purchase or lease of a photovoltaic system. Consumer warnings follow complaints some homeowners have been misled.

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Steve Thomas Notes From the Field: Home Builders Blitz 2015, Omaha, Nebraska

Steve Thomas' Notes From the Field: Home Builders Blitz 2015, Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Neb., is the final stop on our tour of Habitat for Humanity build sites for this year’s Home Builders Blitz. It’s been raining here all week, and there is mud everywhere. Despite the weather, the eight new homes and two renovations will be ready for tomorrow’s dedication ceremony.

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Improving the Sawhorse

Improving the Sawhorse

The sawhorse is pretty iconic. This simple device comes in a variety of styles and materials, but unless you're buying something fancy, they're all pretty much the same. That doesn't mean you have to...

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