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Innovative fixes for kitchen-storage dilemmas
Not all rigid foam performs the same. Learn the differences between EPS, XPS, and ISO.
Seating Innovations barstools are a space-saving solution.
Before installing a ceiling fan, electrical code requires that you use a fan-rated outlet box that will support the extra weight and the motion associated with a fan. A fan-rated box will be labeled as such inside and typically can support up to 70 lb. . . .
Polyvinylidene fluorides, or PVDFs, are acknowledged in the industry as the best resins for coating metal.
Sometimes, adding a subpanel is the best way to integrate new wiring with an old electrical system.
Lumber is sized and sold based on the English system, so it makes sense to build with an English tape measure—most of the time. However, when I’m doing a framing project...
Now, I've never been one to repost other people's content, but since this is home building related, I thought the above would be of interest to our readers. And, since Fine Woodworking's readers responded highly to a GlueTube blog post featuring a YouTube video on "Tablesaw techniques that (editor Matthew Kenney) wouldn't recommend," I thought I'd give it a try.
As electricity costs go up, the payback period shortens; at payback, future electricity is essentially free. And there is great satisfaction in watching your electric meter run backward.
In the early 1990s that I bumped into a marvelous little book by the Dutch architect John Habraken titled Supports. He argued passionately that the process of making housing must preserve the “natural relationship” that humans need to have with the place where they live. . .
The pros and cons of synthetic decking
When it comes to cleaning up mold, where do you start? First, you need to know that you can tackle most small jobs (less than 10 sq. ft.) yourself. But, big jobs require a professional.
Plastic piers require no concrete or cinder blocks, and they can handle a load of 10,000 lb. as soon as the hole is backfilled.
Learn which of these two block planes you should grab for your next woodworking project.
Copper countertops are a good midprice alternative to slab stone. They have the benefit of minimal joints because the backsplash and the nosing are integral to the copper’s profile.
We’re working on a new book about "mother-in-law" units and would like to hear about any that you've designed, constructed, or owned. These dwellings might be basement, garage, or attic conversions; bump-outs; carve-outs; or separate, stand-alone structures. The units we’re seeking should be modestly sized—from 250 to 900 sq. ft.—but size is less important than the space's livability, ingenuity, and level of craftsmanship.
Fine Homebuilding editors are a finicky bunch, and opinionated too. So the task of narrowing down the nearly 150 entries from our “Before and After: What’s Old is New Again,” kitchen and bath contest to just five winners wasn’t easy.
Learn how to remove paint using hand scrapers, power scrapers, chemical strippers, and heat.
To change the look and feel of your shower, all you need are ChannelLock pliers, Teflon tape, and a new showerhead. Here are five showerhead options to consider in various styles and price points.
A tubular skylight can bring natural light into an interior bathroom.
Turning a closet into washer and dryer space
The basics, such as tape and plastic, can be found at your local hardware store. Professional-grade products might have to be purchased from a retailer specializing in remodeling...
I was just watching TV and there was a report on about tainted Chinese drywall, which by most estimates, could be in as many as 60,000 homes. I wasn’t shocked by the revelation, but what...
Learn the basics of how to connect PEX to copper and existing metal pipe as well as how to make PEX to PEX connections to create a branch line or add a valve.
Supported on a pair of sawhorses, this platform provides flat, stable support for full and partial sheets of plywood and other panels: the perfect complement to an edge guide and...
Customize your designs with orders from online retailers
Mold growth on studs is mostly a surface phenomenon and can be washed off with soap, water, and an abrasive pad. But, Decay, or rot, is caused by fungus that can attack the cell walls of wood and eventually cause structural failure.
Here’s how to spot the signs and boost the efficiency of your furnace, boiler, or heat pump. I'll also answer some commonly asked questions about each system.
Have you put an avocado-green, 1970s kitchen out of its misery, or transformed a flamingo pink bathroom from ick to slick? If so, we want to see details of your quality kitchen and bath remodels.
A once-skeptical remodeling contractor reviews the new reciprocating saws from Milwaukee, Hitachi, and Ridgid
Determining what to do with window and door openings
In addition to being functional, a kitchen island should also make an aesthetic contribution to the room without overpowering it.
Incorporating manifolds into the layout can save water and energy because you eliminate most of the pipe between the water heater and the faucet. . .
Most concrete cracks can be minimized if the base is well prepared.
The Stabila HL-100 Laser Hole Locator makes quick, easy work of locating holes for plumbing and electrical rough-in, even in poor lighting conditions.
Cost is a key consideration when weighing the merits of renewable energy; www.findsolar.com is an excellent place to find information on hot-water systems.
If your are an expert in your field and want to make the change from FineHomebuilding.com reader to Fine Homebuilding.com contributor, we should talk.
Since the HGTV-bubble has burst, Home Depot announced last month that they are closing their 34 Expo centers and liquidating their contents. I made a visit this past Saturday to find out exactly what their advertisements prominently announced as 30-percent off everything*.
What's happening to the millions of home building tools that aren't in use now that the housing industry has come to a near halt?"
A "brand-new very old house," featured in the New York Times today, was first billed as "Creating a New Old House," by us two years ago.
Here are 10 products that caught our attention at the International Builders Show held in Las Vegas last week.
Ask the Energy Expert Video Series: Take one energy expert, add questions, and get really smart answers
You’re never too old to start thinking green or to get into the habit of recycling paper, metal, plastic, and glass, but it seems that one of the most efficient ways to instill such good habits is to start while you’re young.