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Exploiting Heat and Photons in Solar Power Devices

Researchers at Stanford explore concepts for a solar cell that uses both photons and thermal energy for electricity generation

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Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

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Who hasn't dreamed of giving up the 9-to-five and escaping to a tropical island to while away the days until the bank account ran dry? Well, carpenter Richie Sowa is one who made the move and is...

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BUILDING SKILLS: How To Cut Housewrap For Window Rough Openings

BUILDING SKILLS: How To Cut Housewrap For Window Rough Openings

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Cover all of your framing with housewrap, but watch this video before you cut through to install your windows.

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Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down?

Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down?

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So when you install pressure treated, flat sawn, wood decking, do you face the bark side up or bark side down? Ask ten people and half will likely say ‘bark-side-up,’ a few will say ‘bark-side-down’ and the rest will shrug their shoulders. For some direction, we can turn to wood scientists – they actually study stuff like this.

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Feeding Real-Time Data to Microsoft's Hohm

Blue Line Innovations’ PowerCost Monitor is designed to track Hohm subscribers’ energy use by the second

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Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

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There was a time when opening, closing, and letting in light was all that any good window had to do. Nowadays, windows are anything but simple.

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Submissions Solicited for NAHB Best in American Living Awards

A tribute to residential design excellence, the awards program is open to builders, architects, remodelers, designers, developers, land planners and interior designers

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Was sind diese Dinge? (What are these things?)

Was sind diese Dinge? (What are these things?)

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These mystery accessories were photographed in a kitchen in Germany. Do you know what they are?

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The Rafter Youre After: Using SketchUp to Draw Roof Framing

The Rafter You're After: Using SketchUp to Draw Roof Framing

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This series of video clips demonstrates techniques to lay out and draw common rafters using a "layout plane" method to simplify the process.

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Title 24's CALGreen Code Release and Training Rollout

With mandatory compliance set to begin January 1, the ICC releases a key portion of the statewide code and announces upcoming training and certification programs

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How To Drill Pilot Holes Without a Bit

How To Drill Pilot Holes Without a Bit

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Sometimes the right tool for the job isn't a tool at all. In this tip, watch Chuck Miller make a pilot hole by working backwards.

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Housing Market 'Stabilized;' Ready for Recovery

Results for June suggest they’ve at least stabilized. Industry pros and investors don’t seem particularly surprised there’s no uptick

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Bloggers Wanted

Bloggers Wanted

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FineHomebuilding.com is looking for a few good builders, remodelers, architects, and/or building professionals to contribute to our blogs. We have three places where you can contribute: The Digital...

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Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters?

Q&A Spotlight: How Green Are Tankless Water Heaters?

If your super-efficient tankless system gives you an endless supply of hot water, you might actually be more likely to waste energy and water.

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When imperfect is ideal--a recipe for spalted kitchen cabinets

When imperfect is ideal--a recipe for spalted kitchen cabinets

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With a few key ingredients (and a shop full of woodworking tools) you too can create your own spalted kitchen cabinets just like Fine Homebuilding’s September 2010 back cover contributor Geoff Alexander*. If you think this might be the perfect recipe for your own kitchen be forewarned--you’ll need to get started ASAP. The first four ingredients need to “marinate” for a long, long, long time. Alexander began cooking up the recipe for his unique cabinetry way back in 1993—and that’s not including the time it took to grow the bay laurel trees!

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BUILDING SKILLS: Tape Housewrap Seams to Keep Water and Air Out

BUILDING SKILLS: Tape Housewrap Seams to Keep Water and Air Out

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Learn how to seal building paper seams for water-tight exterior walls.

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Women as a Growing Force in the Housing Market

As Generation Y segues from renting to homebuying, women and certain minority groups are expected to drive demand, a research firm says

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Return of Some Classic Hand Tools

Return of Some Classic Hand Tools

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Just like a old leather tool belt or worn pair of double-knee Carhartts, there's a certain romance to classic hand tools. I was flipping through the latest Garrett Wade catalog and decided it would...

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Safer Electrical Plugs and Outlets Save Lives and Energy

Safer Electrical Plugs and Outlets Save Lives and Energy

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A talk from a recent TED conference illustrates how to improve on 130 year old technology

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Sencos New Hoseless Trim Nailer is a Game Changer

Senco's New Hoseless Trim Nailer is a Game Changer

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With no gas cartridge to change, and no mechanical flywheel to wait for, this fast and portable trim gun is well worth its premium price.

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