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How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

This 10 year old house didn't have a radiant barrier on the roof and replacing the plywood wasn't an option. We sprayed on Sherwin William E Barrier paint for an easy retrofit that should easily pay for itself with lower attic temperatures. Simple, affordable, easy. Pretty nice.

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Ballasts for holding down plastic sheeting

Ballasts for holding down plastic sheeting

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Ballasts made from pvc pipe filled with sand and capped are vey useful in holdiing down plastic sheeting when pressure washing or scraping the exterior of a house. The sheeting can be wrapped around...

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Jambing with SketchUp: Create and Add an Exterior Door Component

Jambing with SketchUp: Create and Add an Exterior Door Component

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This Digital Jobsite session shows some ideas for using an "outline" method and SketchUp's "follow me" tool to create profiled millwork in an exterior door component for the shed model.

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AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

The American Institute of Architects Design Trends Survey for the second quarter shows ongoing client interest in home performance improvements

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Deck  Flashing  Done Right

Deck Flashing Done Right

This Picture Came from the 2010 Deck Expo and Remodelers Show. Deck  Flashing  Done  Right

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Adding a Door Opening

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Adding a Door Opening

These two video clips demonstrate how simple it is to make changes to an existing SketchUp model with the help of the Section Plane tool.

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21st Century Neo-Classical Sunroom

21st Century Neo-Classical Sunroom

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The challenge was to take a mid-19th century schoolhouse with Greek Revival architecture and add a 21st century sunroom modeled after the original structure. The details on the new sunroom...

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Post and Beam Portico, Shutters, & Window Trim

Post and Beam Portico, Shutters, & Window Trim

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 I replaced  all trim and brick molding around windows  with cedar 1x4 (bottom & sides) (top)5/4x5 with ''2 reveal at top, door trim replaced with 2x6 (same reveal as windows top...

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Blower Door Testing Prior To Remodeling

Blower Door Testing Prior To Remodeling

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Blower Door testing is a way to measure how "tightly" your house was built. You're heard me preach about Build Tight, Ventilate Right. Well, this is the way we ensure that we've Built Tight. This essential test is required if we have any hope to tighten the building envelope while remodeling. In this video you'll see how it's performed and what can be learned. -Matt Risinger

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Finishing trim around my windows and lattice work with raw posts

Finishing trim around my windows and lattice work with raw posts

I let the sun color the wood a golden brown then I added Blond thompsons water seal. I also did the lattice work and the post the same color

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Make Up Air For Commercial Exhaust Fans in Homes

Make Up Air For Commercial Exhaust Fans in Homes

My clients specified a huge gas commercial range with a high CFM exhaust fan. I was worried that this fan wouldn't exhaust properly with a fully spray foamed tight shell. In this video I'll show you how we provided make-up air so that the exhaust fan would have enough air coming in to exhaust.

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Remodeling, Home Price Numbers Float in the Trough

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Analysts say there’s nowhere to go but up – or sideways

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Drilling out a 1-1/2 inch deadbolt hole to a new 2-1/8 inch hole

Drilling out a 1-1/2 inch deadbolt hole to a new 2-1/8 inch hole

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I recently had to install a new 21/8 deadbolt in an old 11/2 inch hole.  I was going to cut a plug with my 11/2 inch saw but I realized it would be sloppy in the hole.  Instead, I just...

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Insulating behind a brick wall?

Insulating behind a brick wall?

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I audited a brick house this week. There's no insulation in the walls. The customer doesn't want to blow from the inside (b/c the inside walls are papered and they're concerned about how the finishes...

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The Rafter Youre After: Using SketchUp to Draw Roof Framing

The Rafter You're After: Using SketchUp to Draw Roof Framing

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This series of video clips demonstrates techniques to lay out and draw common rafters using a "layout plane" method to simplify the process.

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When imperfect is ideal--a recipe for spalted kitchen cabinets

When imperfect is ideal--a recipe for spalted kitchen cabinets

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With a few key ingredients (and a shop full of woodworking tools) you too can create your own spalted kitchen cabinets just like Fine Homebuilding’s September 2010 back cover contributor Geoff Alexander*. If you think this might be the perfect recipe for your own kitchen be forewarned--you’ll need to get started ASAP. The first four ingredients need to “marinate” for a long, long, long time. Alexander began cooking up the recipe for his unique cabinetry way back in 1993—and that’s not including the time it took to grow the bay laurel trees!

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Is your vac compliant with EPA lead regs? (hint: who knows...)

Is your vac compliant with EPA lead regs? (hint: who knows...)

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So, by now we all know about the strict lead regulations being handed down by the EPA (if you don't know, you aren't visiting www.finehomebuilding.com nearly as often as most doctor's would...

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NEW GARAGE FACE

NEW GARAGE FACE

STREET APPEAL I DO NOT HAVE ANY BEFORE PICTURES OF THE HOUSE, BUT IT LOOKED RATHER PLAIN FROM THE STREET WITH A 2X8 ON EDGE WRAPPED IN  COLOURED METAL TRIM AROUND THE GARAGE DOOR...

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Deck on the Lake

Deck on the Lake

This project included a multilevel deck with a watertight and finished area below. The aluminum rail was chosen to allow for a clean view and the decking was Azek  

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Remodeling an Existing Porch and Deck area

Remodeling an Existing Porch and Deck area

With this project we made some structural modifications and re-used the roof and floor framing. We re nalied everything and added joist hangers etc We removed the upper deck on left and built a new...

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