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Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

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This unique solution to a "historic" problem is quite a surprise.

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Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors

Squeak Free Floors - 3 Tips for Strong Sub Floors

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Have you ever walked by a china cabinet and the contents rattled? Or does your house have an annoying squeak in the floor as you walk down the hallway to your baby's bedroom? In this video I’ll give you three tips for framing a sub-floor that’s beefy and squeak-free!

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PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test

PL400 vs DAP SmartBond SubFloor Glue Strength Test

PL400 has been the gold standard in SubFloor glue for years, but is it the best choice for Advantech Decking? Watch me put these two glues to the test.

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Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

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We've all been in this situation... two identical looking products on the shelf, but different prices. Which should I choose? Well, when it comes to housewraps not all are alike, nor will they perform the same. Have a look at this test that will give you an idea how these two white rolls will perform on YOUR house.

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Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Have you ever been frustrated by a lack of power available at your job sites? Look no further than this custom designed Temp Power Box to handle all your needs. Including a parts list to build your own!

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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions.

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope.

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Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

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If you're on a remodeling job and you've discovered that someone has drilled a hole for your NM cable a little bit too close to the face of a stud — you could stop everything and run down to the hardware store for a metal plate, but there's a better way.

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Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work

Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work

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To replace rotted mudsills or foundation sections you must transfer loads to shoring. Start by noting which way floor joists run.

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Carpenters Introduction to 3D Modelling

Carpenter's Introduction to 3D Modelling

Are you intimidated by 3D modelling? Get past your initial hesitation and frustration by beginning with some basics. Begin your 3D apprenticeship by building a hundred horses.

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Drying Wet Framing Lumber

Drying Wet Framing Lumber

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It's not unusual for a house to get wet during construction before it's "dried in". In this post I'll share some techniques I've used to dry my houses prior to sheetrock. This is a follow up to my last post about using a Moisture Meter.

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Facade renovation

Facade renovation

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This was a full facelift on a house other we just finished 3 weeks ago

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How to Repair a Butchered Floor Joist

How to Repair a Butchered Floor Joist

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There's no question the criticism is often undeserved, but plumbers nonetheless have a reputation for taking a recip saw to studs, joists, and rafters when they get in the way of supply and drain lines. The result, as Tackitybits has discovered, can be tough to fix.

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I cant install this - Poka-Yoke on the job site

"I can't install this" - Poka-Yoke on the job site

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How do you prevent job site mistakes? The Japanese Management Technique of Poka-Yoke of course! See how I use this principle on my jobs to ensure we don't cover up a mistake that could cause problems years down the line. -Matt Risinger

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Building Wood Windows On The Job Site

Building Wood Windows On The Job Site

Nothing says Fine Craftsmanship like a site built wood window. In this video see how my carpentry crew build 5 large windows from Oak, African Mahogany, & Poplar.

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UPDATE: DVD GIVEAWAY: 2011 Fine Homebuilding Archive DVD-ROM

UPDATE: DVD GIVEAWAY: 2011 Fine Homebuilding Archive DVD-ROM

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Post a comment and you could be the winner of the new 2011 Fine Homebuilding Archive DVD!

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A Relaxing Retreat

A Relaxing Retreat

The clients wanted to have an entertaining deck, but they also wanted to have a private covered deck accesible from their master bedroom. They wanted it to include a large fireplace as well as a few...

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Mountain Porch Retreat

Mountain Porch Retreat

Our region has an extended outdoor season that the homeowners wanted to take full advantage of. The existing deck was not adequate for hosting large parties and had no covered space for protection...

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Design: Playing with Scale

Design: Playing with Scale

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Create contrast with scale to design interesting, beautiful homes

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