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Blower Doors Have Become Essential Home-Building Tools

Blower Doors Have Become Essential Home-Building Tools

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Use one to measure a building’s airtightness, to locate leaks, or to comply with a green building program

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43 Church St. Master Bath

43 Church St. Master Bath

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Full remodel of the master bath, using teak, glass, polished concrete, and limestone

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An Ingenious In-law Suite on an Unforgiving Site

An Ingenious In-law Suite on an Unforgiving Site

The space under the garage was dark, damp and steep. But sometimes the most unforgiving conditions demand the cleverest solutions.

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Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

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Building information modeling (BIM) is the next evolution of CAD, involving the five-dimensional generation and management of digital plans. This post, written by my colleague Kristin Dispenza, introduces a new product specifically for small firms.

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How to Fix a Sagging Beam

How to Fix a Sagging Beam

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According to an engineer's calculations, the built-up beam over pboneox1's kitchen will be strong enough to carry the intended structural loads. But there's no question it's sagging, and that has pboneox1 wondering what, if anything, he should do about it.

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Deck Stair Layout 101

Deck Stair Layout 101

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Deck stair layout is simple, right? Probably right, unless it's the first time you've tackled the task. With numerous "stair calculators" available, figuring rise and run dimensions is easy. Applying those dimensions is another matter. Watch this tutorial to see how to layout a basic set of deck stairs.

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Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam

Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam

In this video I'll show you some modern hardie siding details we used to overcome the issues encountered with exterior rigid foam installation.

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43 Church Street Kitchen

43 Church Street Kitchen

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Custom Made Black Palm Kitchen, with White Quartz Counters, Orange Glass Tile, and a Restuarant style kitchen

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Turning the Coldest, Darkest Room into a Steamy Oasis

Turning the Coldest, Darkest Room into a Steamy Oasis

Great design, glass tiles, radiant floors, a dash of intense color, and a cozy steam shower chase the winter blahs away.

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Patricks Barn: Thats definitely not OSHA approved

Patrick's Barn: That's definitely not OSHA approved

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My wife eloquently describes my rig for hanging drywall above the barn's stairs.

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Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete

Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete

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Getting the correct mix and the right amount of concrete isn't hard if you master a little of the lingo and use a quick-calc chart.

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Airtight Wall and Roof Sheathing

Airtight Wall and Roof Sheathing

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In the early 1970s, residential builders knew almost nothing about air tightness. Nowadays, there's plenty of data showing why it's so important to air-seal houses.

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Drying Wet Framing Lumber

Drying Wet Framing Lumber

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It's not unusual for a house to get wet during construction before it's "dried in". In this post I'll share some techniques I've used to dry my houses prior to sheetrock. This is a follow up to my last post about using a Moisture Meter.

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Hardware for Built-In Tables and Seats

Hardware for Built-In Tables and Seats

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Multi-functional furniture can make the most of tight spaces--if you can find the hardware to make it work.

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Self-Taught MBA: Getting Intimate with Social Marketing

Self-Taught MBA: Getting Intimate with Social Marketing

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In this second half of a two-part social-media primer, I'll discuss using LinkedIn, a professional’s platform that can help you stay abreast of industry trends, build credibility, and engage in business-to-business dialog with prospective clients.

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Exploring Octagonal Roof Framing with SketchUp

Exploring Octagonal Roof Framing with SketchUp

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Octagonal roofs are always a focal point. Whether used as a unique architectural feature for a sun or breakfast room or an attractive gazebo, their unique shape draws attention. Explore this framing model to see components required to create this novel roof shape.

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Patricks Barn: Time for Drywall

Patrick's Barn: Time for Drywall

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With the rough electric finished, installing the drywall is next.

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Major Thermal Bypasses: Energy-Wasting Holes in Your House

Major Thermal Bypasses: Energy-Wasting Holes in Your House

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Don’t worry about the cracks around your windows until you’ve sealed all of the big holes in your house

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Serious Fun: A Craftsman Enters a New Century

Serious Fun: A Craftsman Enters a New Century

Optimizing space in this 230 sq.ft. kitchen-bath remodel took a bit of hustle. Lots of light, playful colors, clever details and a great sense of fun made it all work.

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Can Steel Framing Be Used in High-Performance Houses?

Can Steel Framing Be Used in High-Performance Houses?

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Light-gauge steel framing has several advantages in residential construction: it's straight, light and cost competitive with dimensional lumber. It's also an excellent heat conductor, and that has a builder wondering whether steel framing has any place in his energy-efficient home.

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