November 1, 1983
Stairways can be minimal or very elaborate, but they're all based on simple geometry and accurate finish work
Antiquated wiring can be a real frustration during a remodeling job -- under a load, compressors and tablesaws are always blowing fuses. When this happens, I do one of two…
September 1, 1983
Advice from a contractor on one way to build on a steep slope
Precision-ground concrete blocks make it easy to build a wall
About 15 years ago, I started using a toenailing trick that makes it easy to start the nail without its slipping. I put the nailhead where I want to toenail,…
Systems for labeling the timbers and adjusting the joinery keep the frame plumb and true despite variations in dimensions.
I recently insulated my entire house with foilfaced fiberglass batts, and I found a good tool for cutting the stuff down to size -- hedge shears. That's right, but they…
I use a router and a jig to mortise hinges in doors and casement windows. By using a 1/2-in. diameter hinge-mortising bit and a standard round-cornered hinge, I achieve a…
Laying out a spiral stringer with a little help from the trig tables.
An engineer tells about pier and grade-beam foundations
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