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We've assembled this collection of videos and article to help people rebuild in the wake of superstorm Sandy
We got word from Apple the other day that the Fine Homebuilding magazine app meets their approval and is now available in the App Store.
Justin came in a few weeks ago with this little guy.
We took on a little roof damage from the freak snowstorm last October, so we decided to re-roof our garage shop. Roof Services from Deer Park, NY sent a crew to strip the old roof, prep the deck, and install a new one. A video series on the project is featured on the Project House home page and also here: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/how-to/video/replacing-roof-series-introduction.aspx
Sal wraps up the balance sheet lesson
We're about ready to begin the serious work of setting up the garage shop at the Project House. We have replaced the overhead door with new carriage house doors, insulated and hung drywall, replaced...
Attics are a great place to reclaim living space without the expense of an addition. If you have the headroom, you can gain at least one extra room by finishing your attic. But with energy codes requiring more and more insulation, it can be difficult to pack all of that R-value into the skinny little small rafters that are common in older houses.
Before shingles were installed. You can see the 2 in. layer of XPS foam and the cross-hatched furring. Would we do this furring detail again? Probably not.
Â An 1/8th inch crack along a window doesn't seem like much to worry about, but a 1/8th in. crack running the length of your house amounts to a hole bigger than a half sheet of plywood. If...
Justin built these carriage doors in the woodshop.
In seeking subjects for "Inspector" games, I stumbled across a potential gold mine: The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America teams. These folks are constantly working to improve the houses...
Windows represent the biggest potential holes in the building envelope. Think about it: the rough openings are just big holes â€” until you actually plug the opening with a window.
Energy efficient construction methods are becoming much more common on job sites around North America. Articles about these techniques are showing up more and more in Fine Homebuilding magazine...
Â During an earlier episode of Lunch Pail Podcast, Chuck Miller mentioned some dos and don'ts of deck design. It was a great little list that we didn't really explore, so I asked him to expand...
I always find articles of interest in Homebuilding each issue, but your March 2011 had an article that really grabbed my attentionâ€” â€śFraming the bell curveâ€ť by Noah Woodruff. Imagine! Someone else with the same project I am currently completing.
It's the time of year that I watch my neighbor across the street pulls out her roof rake and begin raking her roof. Now it you all knew my neighbor, you might think nothing of it. This is the lady...
In the current issue of â€śFine Homebuilding,â€ť trim carpenter Kit Camp did a review of this Spring Tools nail set. In this episode of the â€śTool Hound,â€ť weâ€™re going to take...
FineHomebuilding.com is looking for a few good builders, remodelers, architects, and/or building professionals to contribute to our blogs. We have three places where you can contribute: The Digital...
A talk from a recent TED conference illustrates how to improve on 130 year old technology
Fine Homebuilding wants to know what you think
I've rarely used a table saw that had a blade guard installed on it. Mostly because the blade guards are so poorly designed, that they cause more trouble than they avoid. It's not that I don't think...
Does it matter if you vent the top in addition to the bottom of the siding? Is it bad to ventilate the siding into the soffit? Does ventilating siding equalize pressure in storms?
Everything you wanted to know about air conditioning, but were afraid to ask
Seven steps to successfully marketing your building or remodeling company as the best of the best.
Windows with internal grills are more energy efficient than divided lite windows
A builder/remodeler learns the hard way that green building is more than skin deep.