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Stiletto Hammers: Trade-in...Trade-up

Stiletto Hammers: Trade-in...Trade-up

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If, like me, you are always just one lotto ticket away from being able to afford a Stiletto titanium hammer, then listen up to this latest promotion: Bring any old hammer into your local Stiletto...

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What is Open Building?

What is Open Building?

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. . .

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Bosch unveils pneumatic nailers

Bosch unveils pneumatic nailers

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Pneumatic nailers have been around for almost 50 years, but it wasn’t until Tuesday, during a press conference at their North American headquarters outside of Chicago, that Bosch officially...

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Bathroom Renovation

Bathroom Renovation

This is a conversion of 1970's his/her bathrooms plus two closets and a hallway into one modern bath and separate toilet room.  I am not a professional contractor (I am a Surgeon), but all the...

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Help Build an Article on Remodeling

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I’m working on an article about framing interior walls. I plan to make it specific to remodeling, but other than that, I don’t have a particular focus yet. But I need your help. nbspIf...

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Bad 80s Kitchen Redone

Bad 80's Kitchen Redone

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This kitchen really needed some help.  I replaced the worn pergot flooring with oak, built two pantries on the empty wall with a wine rack, shelving, and cabinet in between, replaced...

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Kitchen Renovation

Kitchen Renovation

We bought a disaster of a house, which had been partially renovated, but partially gutted as well. The kitchen was the focus, which had floors 2-inches out of level, sagging beams, and old wiring and...

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Old style mixed with ultra slick New

Old style mixed with ultra slick New

Cacique Construction (www.cmcdesignbuild.com) specializes in residential interior design and construction.  We have a strong commitment to excellence in craftmanship and service. 

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Can Moldy Framing Lumber Cause Rot?

Can Moldy Framing Lumber Cause Rot?

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.

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Theres a Better Way: Prompt Power-Cord Polarity

There's a Better Way: Prompt Power-Cord Polarity

Submitted by David White of Cupertino, California, and demonstrated by Charles Miller, this expert tip will save you time in aggravation in determining power-cord polarity in tight spaces or dark conditions.

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Theres a Better way: A Big Table for a Portable Tablesaw

There's a Better way: A Big Table for a Portable Tablesaw

Fine Homebuilding's Kevin Ireton demonstrates a low-cost solution for making an outfeed table to use with your portable tablesaw.

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Whats the Difference: Vapor Barriers and Vapor Retarders?

What's the Difference: Vapor Barriers and Vapor Retarders?

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You don’t have to be a building-science expert to know that trapped moisture is bad for houses. To help slow moisture diffusion through roof, wall, and floor assemblies, many experts—and in some parts of the country, building codes—demand the use of vapor retarders. Across the building industry, however, the term vapor barrier is commonly used in place of vapor retarder. This misuse raises the question of whether the two terms categorize the same products and whether those products have the same performance traits.

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Whats the Difference: Paper, Plastic, and Welded-Wire Collated Nails?

What's the Difference: Paper, Plastic, and Welded-Wire Collated Nails?

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A pro/con comparison of paper, plastic, and welded wire collated nails.

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Wall Sheathing 101: When to Measure and When to Wing It

Wall Sheathing 101: When to Measure and When to Wing It

Determining what to do with window and door openings

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1930s American Foursquare

1930s American Foursquare

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We bought a 1930 American Foursquare in 2006 which we are still restoring and updating. There was only one outlet on the second floor in the hallway for 4 bedrooms & 1 bathroom! The house had the...

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Video Tip: Insulation T-lift

Video Tip: Insulation T-lift

Rick Nelson of Alameda, California, created a handy tool to help with installing unfaced fiberglass insulation overhead.

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1930 Circa Bungalow Remodel.......demo

1930 Circa Bungalow Remodel.......demo

This is a typical bungalow in one of our older parts of town; 2 bedroom, 1 bath @ 830 sq. ft. with basement and detached garage. We are still at finishes stage and will post more interior pictures...

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1930 Circa Bungalow Remodel continued....

1930 Circa Bungalow Remodel continued....

This is a typical bungalow in one of our older parts of town; 2 bedroom, 1 bath @ 830 sq. ft. with basement and detached garage. We are still at finishes stage and will post more interior pictures...

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1930 Circa Bungalow Remodel

1930 Circa Bungalow Remodel

This is a typical bungalow in one of our older parts of town; 2 bedroom, 1 bath @ 830 sq. ft. with basement and detached garage. We are still at finishes stage and will post more interior pictures...

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What were they thinking? (Part 2)

What were they thinking? (Part 2)

We’ve uncovered a few more “What were they thinking?” items that I thought would be interesting to share before moving on.

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