A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) bans electric-resistance water heaters that are 55 gal. or bigger.
FHB is testing ultra-portable table saws and we'd like to hear about your experience with the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt 7490/7491.
Kreg's $400 Foreman pocket-hole machine is nearly as fast and less expensive than cabinet-shop versions.
This popular monster-sized router can shock users because the handles are uninsulated
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.
Learn how to set up a blower door and run an airtightness test.
Building a porch on the back is one of the barn's last big projects.
With training from FHB author Larry Armanda, I test the airtightness of our barn with a blower door.
After more than 90 hours finishing drywall, I'm happy to be priming and painting.
With the barn moving toward completion, it's time to open the books.
A researcher says that for only $600, the average new home can be built to survive all but the biggest tornadoes.
A few tips from drywall pros have really improved my finishing.
Seventy sheets later, the drywall is up and ready for finishing.
Heat, light, and an internet connection make a barn a lot more liveable.
Associate editor Patrick McCombe shows how he tunes up an old plane or preps a new plane for its first use
A simple modification allows me to hang the lowest sheets on a sloped ceiling.
My wife eloquently describes my rig for hanging drywall above the barn's stairs.
With the rough electric finished, installing the drywall is next.
Taunton's Martin Holladay gets high praise for his Musings of an Energy Nerd blog on GBA.
You may be nervous about drilling the proper holes for that new lock set or door handle, but it's not as difficult as it looks
We're just starting the rain garden, but at least the painting is done.
Nothing improves the look of a building more than a fresh coat of paint.
Two pairs of homemade doors make the front of our barn look a whole lot better.
Few things are as satisfying as building a set of utility stairs.
Salvaged insulation is both our project's greatest attribute and its greatest headache.
If you need to get a drywall-taping job done quickly, this is the compound for you
With spring upon us, a new garden takes priority.
Ready mix Joint Compound comes in a variety of formulas including all purpose, lightweight and with dust control.In this Building Skill we're going to talk about ready mix mud and I'll show you how...
It took a little longer than expected, but the barn's shell is nearly finished.
Salvaged polyiso and a prograde foam gun make a supercheap, energy-efficient wall.
I’m continuing my quest for the best new stuff at IBS 2012.
Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for caulking and painting fiber-cement siding.
Walking the show floor reveals some clever new products.
DeWalt shows off some cool new tools at a press event timed to coincide with the International Builders' Show.
I'm heading to the Super Bowl of building products.
Encouraged by a super-tight budget, we decided to finish the exterior with vinyl.
My son's sixth birthday party was the first use of our new space.
Painter Jim Lacey shares some tips for filling nail holes and painting exterior PVC trim.
With some extra days off, we put up a lot of siding.
When my mom asked what we wanted for Christmas, we came up with the perfect gift.
With the insulation and felt paper in place, we hope to start siding soon.
With insulation defining the space, the barn frame is starting to look like a building.
When a carpenter friend offers his help, we decide to hold off insulating and install windows.
We're wrapping up some loose ends and getting ready for wall insulation.
A freak early-season storm leaves our town and landscape in turmoil.
Back-priming wood siding makes the paint job and the wood last longer.
Yes, it would be faster and easier to buy something from the lumberyard, but what fun would that be?
With the roof done, it's time to start siding.
Hurricane Irene spared our house and new barn, but some of our neighbors weren't so lucky.
It would be great to spend more time building, but sometimes work and family come first.
Framing a steep roof is both tiring and a rush.
With the walls of the main barn nearing completion, it's time to start the roof.
A long holiday weekend means extra time for building.
A post-frame building is cheap and easy to build, but it also poses some challenges.
Disposable spray foam kits are effective and convenient, but how do you get rid of the tanks and hoses.
Success with concrete starts with having enough to do the job.
This past weekend we leveled the gravel with a site-built jig and put down a layer of rigid foam.
A former Georgia state congressman and aide to Jimmy Carter has a pretty cool house that uses boats, aircraft, and an ancient oak tree for living space.
With the foundation done and water and power lines run to the site, the fun part is about to begin.
Workingman hero and Discovery channel TV star, Mike Rowe tells the Senate, people who make civilized society possible deserve more respect.
The latest round of testing reveals the Carvex jigsaw isn't ready for the North American market.
Home Fixated a tool and home improvement website is giving away a set of five Festool tool and parts organizers.
Fine Homebuilding editor Patrick McCombe shows step-by-step how to get your woodworking tools super sharp.
Milwaukee's M12 Jacket uses an M12 battery to stay warm for up to six hours.
With help from a friend, I've decided to learn SketchUp and enter the 21st century.
I finally did something to organize my collection of long-handled tools.
Our new project space has turned into a bigger project than anticipated.
Nissan is recalling 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks for steering problems. The recall also affects Xterra SUVs.
The Shakers' brief heyday has created a lasting legacy.
After struggling with a consumer-grade chainsaw for years, I finally bucked up for the real deal.