Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Tue, 03 May 2016 12:33:06 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Building Skills" blog entries <![CDATA[Windows and Winter Weather]]> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 15:54:23 -0500 Windows and Winter Weather Posted by Matt_Higgins
Other than to open them on pleasent days, during the warmer months of the year, we tend to think of our windows a bit less than when it gets cold. And, with winter right around the proverbial corner... ]]>
<![CDATA[Flawless Wood Floors]]> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:28:18 -0500 Flawless Wood Floors Posted by Matt_Higgins
It's difficult to imagine a fine home without hardwood floors. Of course, there are other options, but with a lot of natural beauty, wood works in more places than other materials. Tile, for example... ]]>
<![CDATA[Mastering Wood]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:55:17 -0500 Mastering Wood Posted by Matt_Higgins
Think you know all there is to know about wood? Sure, you probably work with it everyday, but check out these article below to make you really have masters level understanding of classic home... ]]>
<![CDATA[Faucets: From Finding to Fixing this Fixure]]> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:19:22 -0500 Faucets: From Finding to Fixing this Fixure Posted by Matt_Higgins
Posting a story about a series of faucets that range in price from $12,000 to $20,000. If you missed that post and your jaw just dropped, you read about these faucets here and see why they cost so... ]]>
<![CDATA[Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:49:34 -0500 Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation Posted by Matt_Higgins
If you're going to be taking on a shed project, you need to check out these articles that all focus on what's underneath--the flooring and foundation. It's easy to overlook this part of the build... ]]>
<![CDATA[Tubs: Adding Some Luxury]]> Mon, 08 Jun 2015 15:10:00 -0500 Tubs: Adding Some Luxury Posted by Matt_Higgins
Bathrooms have changed a great deal over years. More homeowners  ]]>
<![CDATA[Installing Grace Ice & Water Shield Underlayment]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:22:06 -0500 Installing Grace Ice & Water Shield Underlayment Posted by Matt_Higgins
A home is both shelter and investment and extreme weather is a real concern, so it's so real surprise that consumers want to know that their home is constructed to withstand the likes of winddriven... ]]>
<![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[Tips for Setting Up a Cutting Station for Wall Framing]]> Thu, 22 May 2014 14:15:24 -0500 Tips for Setting Up a Cutting Station for Wall Framing Posted by FHBdotcom
A comfortable cutting bench for your miter saw and a solid, flat work surface for stacking and assembling headers and rough openings are essential for framing walls accurately, safely, and efficiently ]]>
<![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. ]]>