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    All about Roofing
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Ultimate Deck Build 2015
    Ultimate Deck Build 2015
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
    Video Series: Tile a Bathroom
  • Design Inspiration
    Design Inspiration
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Remodeling Articles
    Remodeling Articles
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
    Install a Vinyl Privacy Fence
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • 9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertop Ideas
  • Inside a Model Remodel
    Inside a Model Remodel


Smart Framing Strategies

Frame a door rough opening Frame a door rough opening A pro teaches you his three simple rules for framing rough openings efficiently

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12 Restoration Blunders

building basics

Use a Pull Saw
Pull saws aren't every-day tools, but they can come in handy on occasion.

Hang a Split-Jamb Door
Split-jamb doors have some advantages: they have casing installed already, which offers a little wiggle room in old houses in terms of accommodating wall thickness.

voice of experience

Rob MoodyAfter teaching environmental science and biology for seven years, Rob Moody began his building career in 2000 by renovating a historic home. read full bio

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Essential Building collections

  • Guide to Remodeling
    Get your project off to a good start with our primer on everything you need to know about planning a remodel
  • Guide to Volunteer Work
    Browse our essential home building tutorials before you roll up your sleeves and get to work
  • Green Building Guide
    Find information about sustainable building materials, processes, and design