January 10, 2013
I wouldn’t dream of using a tablesaw or a bandsaw without a push stick. It’s just not worth the risk of getting my fingers close to a moving sawblade. I…
November 8, 2012
By setting minimum standards for design and construction, building codes protect public safety while establishing uniformity in construction methods and materials. Regulations governing building have existed in the United States…
September 6, 2012
If you wear glasses and have tried to use a dust mask while breathing hard in cold weather, you know that it won’t be long before you can’t see. Even…
January 19, 2012
Q: Every year when the weather turns cold, I develop painful cracks in my fingers. At times, the pain is so intense that I almost can’t use my hands. What’s the…
September 8, 2011
Strengthening a home in earthquake country means anchoring it to its foundation and adding site-built shear walls
May 13, 2011
When construction starts, there’s sometimes no dry place to set up the cutting station. In this situation, I set up one section of scaffolding with just one of the cross…
September 9, 2010
It’s now the law for professional contractors, but working lead-safe should be a priority for everyone
What's the most dangerous tool that you work with? If your first thought is a power tool—probably a tablesaw—then the answer might surprise you.
April 20, 2010
Protect yourself from collapse, rot, and nasty splinters. Inspect these 8 critical areas every season
January 27, 2010
A yoga instructor has some ideas on how to avoid aches and injuries that plague homebuilders.
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