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My Story As Told By Houses -- Part 3: The Old Frame House

My Story As Told By Houses -- Part 3: The Old Frame House

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Veteran carpenter Larry Haun continues his popular autobiographical series touching on the history -- and the possible future -- of houses in America, and the way we live in them.

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How to Make a Drain-Pipe Plans Holder for Your Truck

How to Make a Drain-Pipe Plans Holder for Your Truck

How do you keep construction documents from getting buried under piles of tools and materials in your truck? Chuck Miller shows a couple of super-easy ways to fit a simple storage space for plans into any pickup.

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A Place for Everything

A Place for Everything

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I finally did something to organize my collection of long-handled tools.

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GE Aims to Bolster Alliance Between Smart Grid and Appliances

GE Aims to Bolster Alliance Between Smart Grid and Appliances

The Home Energy Management initiative is being designed to create a stronger identity for GE’s suite of appliances and energy-use tracking tools

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Is There a Checklist for Building a House?

Is There a Checklist for Building a House?

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Information on energy efficient homes and green design is readily available to anyone with an internet connection or library card. But wading through all of it is a massive undertaking. Is there a way of getting right to the point?

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A Cyber Monday Deal Worth Considering...

If you just can't resist the temptation of Cyber Monday online shopping, you may as well spend your money on tools. Problem is that many of the cyber deals in our world are just the stuff that the...

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FastCap Hammer Holster

FastCap Hammer Holster

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FastCap Hammer Holster replaces a conventional hammer hook with a few extra features and benefits.

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Quick Change Nail Set

Quick Change Nail Set

The Bostitch Quick Change Nail Set gives you two sized set tips with just a flip.

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Bostitch Twin Blade Knife

Bostitch Twin Blade Knife

The Bostitch Twin Blade Knife gives you two blades at your fingertips in an instant - what's not to like?

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Installations of Split-face Concrete Block Draw Scrutiny in Chicago

Installations of Split-face Concrete Block Draw Scrutiny in Chicago

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Homeowners complain of water damage, while home-inspection contractors point to improperly installed and poorly maintained block, a local TV station reports

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Building Skills: How to Build an Arched Rough Opening

Building Skills: How to Build an Arched Rough Opening

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Carpenter Scott Grice shows how easy it is to frame an arched doorway using a few backer blocks and two plywood arcs.

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Affordability, Low Rates Team Up

With mortgage rates below 5%, more than 70% of new and existing homes are, for the seventh straight quarter, ranked affordable for families earning the median income

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Whats the worst time for a holesaw to fail?

What's the worst time for a holesaw to fail?

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One of my brothers has a colonial with two upstairs bathrooms. The builders who did his house clearly had enough good sense to include bath vent fans, but not enough sense to vent them properly. Both...

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Home-Building Outlooks Inch Upward

Home-Building Outlooks Inch Upward

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Although access to consruction financing continues to be a problem, NAHB’s Housing Market Index and McGraw-Hill’s Outlook Report show slivers of light

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Framing Super Straight Walls With LSL Studs

Framing Super Straight Walls With LSL Studs

No one will notice if you frame your houses with straight walls, but your clients will definitely notice if they are wavy. This LSL stud makes a super straight wall for your kitchens, baths, and tall walls. They are more expensive than pine or fir studs but there is no cull and you will eliminate surprises.

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How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall

How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall

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Adding a layer of rigid-foam insulation to the outside of a poured concrete foundation saves energy, but it raises a key question: What's the best way of protecting and finishing the foam that remains above grade.

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How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

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Cut perfect plywood arcs to frame curved window or door rough openings. All you need is a tape measure, a pencil, and these simple layout tips.

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Perspectives on the Homebuilding Deficit

Perspectives on the Homebuilding Deficit

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Given the trends in population growth and the need to replace old inventory with new homes, the new-home deficit continues to grow. The question is, when will demand rebound enough for it to matter?

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What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

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Our new project space has turned into a bigger project than anticipated.

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NAR Survey Affirms First-Time Homebuyer Surge

NAR Survey Affirms First-Time Homebuyer Surge

The association also highlights data showing decent return on investment, despite the downturn, for buyers who stay in their homes for eight years or more before selling

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