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Drawing and Ellipse-ish... A Better, Better Way

Drawing and Ellipse-ish... A Better, Better Way

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I enjoyed watching Chuck's video on how to draw an ellipse-ish, and I like the technique. But there is a better, better way! As others have pointed out, the ellipse-ish isn't an ellipse. What is it...

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GE Promises Turn-Key Net Zero System by 2015

GE Promises Turn-Key Net Zero System by 2015

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General Electric brings us one step closer to living off of the grid - this whole-house approach combines residential energy-farming products like geothermal heat pumps, solar PVs, and wind turbines.

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Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset

Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset

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Skip the mess and stick ceramic tile right to the wall using a new peel and stick mat.

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Pneumatic Office Nailer

Pneumatic Office Nailer

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This is what happens when you stick a carpenter at a desk in a cubicle on a gorgeous sunny day

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Titanium hammers up for grabs. Want one?

Titanium hammers up for grabs. Want one?

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Do you swing a titanium or a steel hammer? Which do you think performs best and why? Join the debate and you'll be eligible to win one of four titanium hammers that I'm giving away.

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Making an Impression with a Plaster Ceiling Medallion

Making an Impression with a Plaster Ceiling Medallion

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Fine Homebuilding reader, Mike Dufano took dozens of photos to document the plaster ceiling medallion he made after being inspired by one of our cover stories. His hard work paid off. Mike's medallion is featured on the back cover of our August/September issue.

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Fitting Coped Crown Molding

Fitting Coped Crown Molding

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With this device, I am able to check my coping without climbing a ladder, and if it is not a good fit, I am able to see exactly where and how much material needs to be removed.

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An Efficient Way to Paint Doors

An Efficient Way to Paint Doors

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This simple setup uses a couple of sawhorses, some long screws, and a few pieces of plywood to make a spinner for supporting a door while it is painted.

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Lightweight Structural-Steel Beam

Lightweight Structural-Steel Beam

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LiteSteel Technologies has created a cold-formed steel structural product for use as a header, roof or ridge beam, or other carrying beam.

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Contractor Demolishes Wrong House

Contractor Demolishes Wrong House

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A Georgia man was left homeless after a demolition crew used GPS coordinates and accidentally demolished the wrong house.

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How Do You Handle Customers Who Dont Pay?

How Do You Handle Customers Who Don't Pay?

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What should you do if a paying customer becomes a non-paying customer? We wouldn't recommend the method one builder used in this YouTube video, but we can offer some (legal) advice.

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New Miter Saw Blade from Forrest

New Miter Saw Blade from Forrest

Forrest Manufacturing, makers of the the Chop Master miter saw blade just announced the first blade in their new series...

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Demand for Power Tools On the Rise

Demand for Power Tools On the Rise

A new report signals a possible shift in the power tool industry.

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Ipe Deck Installation Leads to Lessons Learned

Ipe Deck Installation Leads to Lessons Learned

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Simple tips to make your Ipé deck installation safer and faster.

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New Nail Gun to Hit the Market?

New Nail Gun to Hit the Market?

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An odd pneumatic nailer creation and a debate on terms.

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How to Choose an Insect Screen

How to Choose an Insect Screen

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There are screens out there for every budget and need.

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Extreme Green Living

Extreme Green Living

Sound advice for making it 'on your own.'

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Why I Dont Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

Why I Don't Use Cellulose or Blue-Jean Insulation

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Just because it’s recycled doesn’t mean it’s green. Let me explain why I won't use cellulose or blue-jean insulation. . .

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Kreg miniaturizes their pocket-hole jig

Kreg miniaturizes their pocket-hole jig

Kreg, maker of excellent pocket-hole screw jigs, has recently released a new Micro-Pocket Drill Guide.

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Getting Off the Grid

Getting Off the Grid

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Micro hydro as an eco-friendly energy source.

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