RDARobyn Doyon-Aitken, Newtown, CT, US
What should you do if a paying customer becomes a non-paying customer? We wouldn't recommend the method one builder used in this YouTube video, but we can offer some (legal) advice.
To start off our Job-Site Dogs contest, I'm sharing Fine Homebuilding contributor Scott Grice's dog with you. . .
I don’t care how skilled the operator is, or how much time this crew saves, I’d never let anyone scrape shingles off my roof using this method we found on YouTube.
And the winners of our "Take Your Best Shot" deck contest are. . .
Although the terms often are used interchangeably, trellises, arbors, and pergolas are distinctly different structures.
Attempts to improve the energy efficiency of older houses could put them on the endangered-species list.
What used to be called the dump is now the resource center. That's good news. Advice for both contractor and client. . .
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The AirTap does the same work as a water heater, but more efficiently.
The cost and the maintenance needs of a wood door can be more than twice that of a steel version.
With openings that are significantly smaller than those on conventional screening, PollenTec screening can block between 90% and 99% of common allergy-causing pollens such as birch and ragweed, according to a manufacturer-sponsored study.
LED lightbulbs are environmentally safe, produce very little heat, and last a long time.
The Airetrak full-function bath-controller offers multiple fan-control options including time delay, fan speed, and daily operation period; but where the Airetrak really shines is in providing background ventilation.
SporiClean is an enzymatic cleaner that works just as well on your kitchen counter as it does on your back deck.
This small, multi-purpose garden shed has a big presence.
This compact studio apartment has a garden connection, along with views of neighboring gardens from the kitchen and bath, which extends sightlines and gives the studio a roomy feel.
Nested inside a prefabricated steel framework, this diminutive writing studio overlooks a meadow.
A trio of diminutive buildings shows how thoughtful siting and exemplary planning can yield a backyard destination you won’t want to leave.
Solvent-free strippers might not be as aggressive as solvent-based products, but they do work and are much safer.
View a survey of how they work and what they remove.
Exterior doors come in a wide range of prices, from $125 to several thousand. While there are a variety of doors available, most are made of wood, steel, or fiberglass. . .
Passive-solar design uses windows and shading devices to control the sun’s impact on a house.
A carpenter's slip reveals itself during a remodel sixty years later.
Perhaps more than any other building component, windows play a critical role in the appearance and style of a house. Once you’ve identified your performance needs and the type of windows best suited for your home you’re left with decisions about the size, style, and placement of each unit. In this guide to window aesthetics, you’ll learn which styles work best where, and why. A source list of manufacturers is also included.
In looking for inspiring decks to share with you, I found this one from our archives. . .
The post on this deck is tradtional enough, but the rail isn't. The stainless-steel cable rail not only preserves whatever view stretches out beyond, but it forces you to take a second look. . .
We've all seen great decks with built-in benches. . .but a built-in garden? That's notable.
If your deck, or one you've built, features a pergola or geometric railings like the one in this post, we want to see it.
Teflon tape and pipe dope are used to fill voids between male and female threads to make joints leakproof and to prevent metal parts from rusting together. People often use pipe dope on top of Teflon tape, but some manufacturers say there is no benefit to that usage. So, when should you use one over the other? What's the difference?
A pro/con comparison of paper, plastic, and welded wire collated nails.
My husband and I planned to remodel our house, so we hired a surveyor to verify our property lines. But, minutes after he set up his theodolite, grumbling neighbors surrounded him, pelting the poor man with questions. The last time I'd seen a crowd this large on my street, the house on the corner had 20-ft. flames shooting from its roof.
Fernando Pagés Ruiz reviews the new book "Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets," by Barry LePatner.
BuildingGreen LLC, publisher of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec Directory, announced what they consider the 10 most exciting new products of the year.
DeWalt recently entered a market long dominated by Festool with the introduction of its new track-guided circular saws.
Schluter now has a thicker alternative to its DITRA tile membrane.
I laughed when an architect recommended we try Fastfoot, a reinforced sheet-plastic footing form that is unrolled and installed in a light framework. When I stopped to consider that I routinely pour concrete into forms made of foam, Fastfoot no longer seemed so silly.
Readers respond to Alex Wilson's open letter to President Obama and more.
IBS 2009: We're heading to Vegas, Baby!
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