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A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime

A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime

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A homeowner in Atlanta has taken all of the usual precautions to keep moisture out of the basement. But he's still running a dehumidifier around the clock. Is there something else he can try?

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Building a radon-resistant home.

Building a radon-resistant home.

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What is deadly and might be lurking in your basement? No, not a Ninja (well probably not), in most cases it is Radon. And it is important to know what Radon is and how to ensure it isn't a threat to your household. From building to testing, I will share what I learned about Radon while building my house.

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Bill Rose on crawlspaces: A bad idea, should be illegal

Bill Rose on crawlspaces: A bad idea, should be illegal

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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...

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Patricks Barn: Rookie Mistake

Patrick's Barn: Rookie Mistake

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Success with concrete starts with having enough to do the job.

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The Tool Shed

The Tool Shed

August 2010 – A day to remember…..or maybe, to forget.About 14 years ago, I built this 12×12 tool shed off the back of my woodworking shop. Money was pretty tight back then so I...

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Patricks Barn: Underslab Insulation

Patrick's Barn: Underslab Insulation

This past weekend we leveled the gravel with a site-built jig and put down a layer of rigid foam.

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Almost out of the Ground

Almost out of the Ground

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With the foundation done and water and power lines run to the site, the fun part is about to begin.

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Siting a House

Siting a House

Things to consider when you want to take advantage of the sun's free energy.

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How to Level Up Concrete Piers?

How to Level Up Concrete Piers?

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A rushed job results in piers with uneven tops, and now the builder wonders how to proceed: level the tops before setting his posts or pull out the piers and start again.

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Juniper Inspects Progress on Subslab Insulation

Juniper Inspects Progress on Subslab Insulation

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Like most dogs, Juniper manages to sit or walk on anything that is currently in use or I am attempting to move. Thankfully, she takes long breaks when I can get some stuff done.

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Hip to be Square: Pythagoras in the Digital Age

Hip to be Square: Pythagoras in the Digital Age

Considering all the whiz-bang capabilities SketchUp has to offer, it's easy to overlook how helpful it can be for basic tasks. This episode shows how to calculate accurate (extremely precise, actually) square-up dimensions for any type of layout work with the "Cliculator".

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How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall

How to Protect and Finish Insulation on an Exterior Foundation Wall

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Adding a layer of rigid-foam insulation to the outside of a poured concrete foundation saves energy, but it raises a key question: What's the best way of protecting and finishing the foam that remains above grade.

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Whats the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

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A homeowner with chemical sensitivities who lives near a Superfund site seeks the most effective way of keeping potential toxins out of her basement

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Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

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Who hasn't dreamed of giving up the 9-to-five and escaping to a tropical island to while away the days until the bank account ran dry? Well, carpenter Richie Sowa is one who made the move and is...

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After Shock: A Moldy Crawlspace Nightmare Part 2

After Shock: A Moldy Crawlspace Nightmare Part 2

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After the initial shock of finding so much deterioration of the wood in this crawlspace, its time to plan repairs.

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Fine Shedbuilding

Fine Shedbuilding

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Forget the shed! It’s not about the SHED!

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The Rotten old front porch has gotta go! Has anybody used helical steel screw pile/piers?

The Rotten old front porch has gotta go! Has anybody used helical steel screw pile/piers?

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I have a 1922 house with a 1922 porch with dry rot in the floor and one of the walls. The covering is fine and will stay. No building permit required as long as i do not change the footprint. I am...

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Our Vermont Home Project

Our Vermont Home Project

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This is the first gallery entry for the new home construction project my wife and I are working on in Plainfield, Vermont.  These are a few snapshots of our life & project to date.

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Very Cool Video of Concrete Screed

Very Cool Video of Concrete Screed

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Spin Screed concrete roller screeds use an electric angle grinder motor to power a screed bar up to 22ft long. This tool is perfect for screeding everything from driveways to concrete pads in basements.

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Keauhou mauka replacement deck

Keauhou mauka replacement deck

The finished replacement utility area/garden deck.  Note new, ABS plastic drain vent on wall behind reinstalled utility sink.  New, capped hollow tile wall protects deck and serves as low...

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