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Turning a pipe clamp into a tool that can push instead of just clamp

Turning a pipe clamp into a tool that can push instead of just clamp

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I was installing a new small porch floor onto the back of my Mom's rowhome after the old one had started to rot away badly. During the course of the installation, I needed a way to push a crooked...

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Sleepy Hollow Point

Sleepy Hollow Point

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This vacation house is sited out on point that projects into the lake and the house house bends around to capture views from every room.

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Piano Barn

Piano Barn

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I've done few roof projects and somehow found myself in this one. They tell me I've made a Ship's Knee. I guess it looks like one. Timber Framing is way more difficult, I've found. The valley rafter...

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Get hip to those tricky roof angles!

Get hip to those tricky roof angles!

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A hip roof with a square-cut fascia contains some tricky compound angles that can trip-up even the most experienced carpenter.  Especially difficult is the compound angle on the fascia...

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Tricky Roof for Addition in Washington State

Tricky Roof for Addition in Washington State

If you've got the skills to frame a complex roof with ease, we want to know about it. Multiple facets, eyebrow dormers, steep rises, show us what you're made of.

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From Scraps to Studs

From Scraps to Studs

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You’ve heard of a See Saw but how about a SEE Stud? Turn your stud scraps into engineered lumber right on the jobsite.

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Titanium hammers up for grabs. Want one?

Titanium hammers up for grabs. Want one?

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Do you swing a titanium or a steel hammer? Which do you think performs best and why? Join the debate and you'll be eligible to win one of four titanium hammers that I'm giving away.

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Lightweight Structural-Steel Beam

Lightweight Structural-Steel Beam

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LiteSteel Technologies has created a cold-formed steel structural product for use as a header, roof or ridge beam, or other carrying beam.

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Ravens Roost: Where the Columbia Hills meet High Prairie

Ravens Roost: Where the Columbia Hills meet High Prairie

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My husband and I designed and built a contemporary home on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.This rural construction project began with raw land, and includes a geothermal heating...

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 Worm-drives vs. sidewinders? A conversation with Larry Haun.

Worm-drives vs. sidewinders? A conversation with Larry Haun.

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Longtime Fine Homebuilding contributor Larry Haun and senior editor Chuck Bickford discuss the pros and cons of worm drive and sidewinder saws.

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Double Decker High-Rise Deck

Double Decker High-Rise Deck

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A double-decker high rise project I solo built in '07.  Decking is tight knot cedar, handrails are clear cedar and powder coated steel, had to support a 8x11 hot tub (4x12x20 joists sitting 12"...

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Entryway Staircase and Side Deck

Entryway Staircase and Side Deck

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An entryway staircase and side deck project I built last year using TimberTech XLM decking and RadianceRail handrail components.  Multiple elevations, lots of handrail and decking angles...

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Fait Accompli: Our First House...Finished

Fait Accompli: Our First House...Finished

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After almost two years of steady work our passive-solar house is now "officially" built. Looking back it hardly seems possible... Thanks to a combination of mutual enthusiasm, several talented...

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How to Install Blocking to Anchor Cabinets Solidly

How to Install Blocking to Anchor Cabinets Solidly

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Horizontal blocking installed between studs makes for a more secure cabinet installation.

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Double Decker

Double Decker

The upper balcony was falling off of the house, and the downstairs bedroom had only a window to the outside.   We designed and built a deck that is twice the square footage of the...

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Use the Metric System on Your Next Complex Project

Use the Metric System on Your Next Complex Project

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...

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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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