Copyright (c) 2015 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Sat, 30 May 2015 02:30:23 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries <![CDATA[Doing Siding Right]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 15:10:06 -0500 Doing Siding Right Posted by Matt_Higgins
Even though it can make or break the look of a home, most of us don't give siding too much thought. Seems like the thing we see first deserves a little for attention. Check out the articles below to... ]]>
<![CDATA[Working Out a Walkway]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 15:10:22 -0500 Working Out a Walkway Posted by Matt_Higgins
Walkways can add a lot of beauty to a home. They can also be a lot of work to install if you don't know what you're doing. Skipping important steps can impact the final result, create a lot more work... ]]>
<![CDATA[Getting Footings Right]]> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 14:59:35 -0500 Getting Footings Right Posted by Matt_Higgins
Footings might not be very glamorous, but the reality is the quality of the work above doesn't matter all that much if the footings below fail. When footings fail the results can be truly... ]]>
<![CDATA[Get Great Drywall Results]]> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:27:04 -0500 Get Great Drywall Results Posted by Matt_Higgins
Interior wall finishing is a popular topic at Fine Homebuilding. It's a task that just about all pros and do-it-yourselfers will eventually tackle. Also, bad work is right there on the surface. If... ]]>
<![CDATA[Understanding Deck Stain]]> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:00:35 -0500 Understanding Deck Stain Posted by Matt_Higgins
Last year, I stained my deck. It was a small project, but one that was a few years overdue. Can you relate? I spent a significant amount of time on the prep work, as expected the stain went on... ]]>
<![CDATA[It's Deck Building Season]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:58:09 -0500 It's Deck Building Season Posted by Matt_Higgins
While some parts of the country enjoy pleasant weather all year or almost year round, many of us are just now seeing the snow melt completely. It's taken a long time, but is officially spring across... ]]>
<![CDATA[Roof Venting Done Right]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:39:41 -0500 Roof Venting Done Right Posted by Matt_Higgins
I live in New England where ice dams are a common problem, which is to say improper roof venting is a common problem. Roof-wrecking ice dams aren't the only reason to make sure a roof is properly... ]]>
<![CDATA[Insulation and Attics]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:43:15 -0500 Insulation and Attics Posted by Matt_Higgins
Potential Air Leaks in the Attic In a conventional attic, insulation typically placed between the ceiling joists of the rooms below can be only partially effective if air leaks aren'tproperly sealed... ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top]]> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:27:58 -0500 How to Cut an Opening for a Sink in a Laminate Counter top Posted by AndyEngel
In this video, senior editor and old-school carpenter Andy Engel takes on cutting a sink opening in a laminate countertop. You’ll get tips on layout, cutting without chipping, and how to make a cut that’s too close to the backsplash for a jigsaw to make. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding]]> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 09:53:07 -0500 How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding Posted by FHBdotcom
All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple tools to get access for repairs or modifications to a wall covered in this popular cladding. ]]>
<![CDATA[Install a Prehung Exterior Door]]> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:16:08 -0500 Install a Prehung Exterior Door Posted by patrick_mccombe
Installing an exterior door so it works and looks great is an essential building skill. Carpenter Andy Engel is going to show us how to do it. ]]>
<![CDATA[Blower-Door Testing]]> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:51:53 -0500 Blower-Door Testing Posted by patrick_mccombe
Learn how to set up a blower door and run an airtightness test. ]]>
<![CDATA[How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height]]> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 06:20:08 -0500 How To Cut a Prehung Exterior Door to a Custom Height Posted by FHBdotcom
You don't have to order an expensive custom door if your rough opening is a non-standard size. Buy a stock door instead and make it fit. Watch this video to learn how. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Install a New Toilet]]> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:43:42 -0500 How to Install a New Toilet Posted by FHBdotcom
Plumber Mike Lombardi covers every step, from placing the wax ring to putting the lid on the toilet tank ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable]]> Tue, 28 May 2013 09:41:32 -0500 How to Run Non-Metallic Sheathed Electrical Cable Posted by FHBdotcom
Use these tips on your next electrical rough-in project to keep your Romex® brand cable or other non-metallic cables from getting all kinked. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Sharpen a Block Plane]]> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 14:58:04 -0500 How to Sharpen a Block Plane Posted by patrick_mccombe
Associate editor Patrick McCombe shows how he tunes up an old plane or preps a new plane for its first use ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing ]]> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:27:13 -0500 How to Bend Copper Chimney Flashing Posted by FHBdotcom
Roofing project manager Dyami Plotke demonstrates how to fabricate complex pieces of flashing with a sheet-metal brake and describes the various pieces needed to make a chimney-to-roof connection watertight ]]>
<![CDATA[How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:22:24 -0500 How To Install an Exterior Doorknob in a New Door Posted by patrick_mccombe
You may be nervous about drilling the proper holes for that new lock set or door handle, but it's not as difficult as it looks ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun]]> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 15:08:55 -0500 How to Air-Seal Doors and Windows with a Spray-Foam Gun Posted by FHBdotcom
Remodeling contractor Mike Sloggatt demonstrates how to use a professional spray-sealant gun to make this patio door (or any door) more energy efficient ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:53:26 -0500 How to Remove an Old Bathroom Sink Posted by FHBdotcom
Veteran plumber Mike Lombardi makes quick work of disconnecting this sink's water and drain pipes as part of our Project House bathroom remodel ]]>