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Flagstone Patio

Flagstone Patio

I had never done a patio before, but I figured "it can't be that hard"...wrong! The stones were all delivered to the front yard and with no equipment other than a wheelbarrow, I had to move them all...

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Bathroom Gut Job

Bathroom Gut Job

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This was a 100% bathroom remodel. We had a company that was contracted to work for Home Depot come in to do it and it took less than 2 weeks to finish. We would absolutely recommend using the same...

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Begin With the End in Mind: Shed Layout and Floor Framing

Begin With the End in Mind: Shed Layout and Floor Framing

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Layout considerations begin before the first board is cut or fastener is driven. Beginning with the end in mind will assure optimal results for your shed project.

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A Step Ahead to Build a Shed

A Step Ahead to Build a Shed

Being a step ahead in building a simple shed can help speed up the process. A SketchUp model can give you that step ahead by clarifying the planning, parts and procedure for a very basic yet functional backyard shed.

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Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

Claw Foot Bath Tub = Up Dated Bathroom

This remolded / updated bathroom started with the claw foot tub that my friend gave me. The claw foot tub was bigger than the old tub, so I had to redsign the bathroom (this is my house) in order to...

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Repair a hole in drywall

Repair a hole in drywall

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For repairing holes, small or large, in drywall, I like to use a 'backer' material, such as a scrap of OSB, or whatever, anything that is thin but can accept drywall screws. Cut a strip of the backer...

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Choosing a Cost-Effective Wall System

Choosing a Cost-Effective Wall System

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Erik Olofsson wants to build an energy-efficient house in the mountains of British Columbia, something with walls close to R-40. He wonders whether a double-stud wall is the most economical way to reach his goals.

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Choosing the Best High Performance Wall System

Choosing the Best High Performance Wall System

Planning a house for a cold climate, a builder weighs the merits of double 2x4 stud walls vs. 2x6 walls with exterior rigid foam insulation.

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How to Build a Perfect Wall

How to Build a 'Perfect Wall'

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Adding rigid foam insulation to the outside of the building reduces thermal bridging. Choosing the right insulation for the wall cavity is another question altogether

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Vented siding section drawing: Cedar shingles above fiber cement; over exterior foam

Vented siding section drawing: Cedar shingles above fiber cement; over exterior foam

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This detail from Green Building Advisor was the basis of our front wall design..

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PODCAST: Air-Tight Window Installation

PODCAST: Air-Tight Window Installation

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Windows represent the biggest potential holes in the building envelope. Think about it: the rough openings are just big holes — until you actually plug the opening with a window.

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Framing Basics: 3 Tips for Laying Out Wall Plates

Framing Basics: 3 Tips for Laying Out Wall Plates

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Larry Haun and Scott Grice share some basic techniques and show off some unique tools in the latest edition of our framing-skills miniseries

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Framing Basics: 6 Tips for Spreading Wall Plates on a Subfloor

Framing Basics: 6 Tips for Spreading Wall Plates on a Subfloor

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Framers Larry Haun and Scott Grice demonstrate how to efficiently lay down, cut to length, and tack down wall plates before assembling new walls

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Townhome Fireplace, Built-ins, Wainscoting, and Molding - Before and After from an amature

Townhome Fireplace, Built-ins, Wainscoting, and Molding - Before and After from an amature

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My own home by an amature wood worker. After looking at sky-rocketing cost estimates and generic options offered, I decided to take on the task of creating a quality classical Living, Dining Room...

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Paneled Hallway with Window Seats

Paneled Hallway with Window Seats

The windows were custom made Mahogany. Each window seat has a small book case painted white and topped in Mahogany.

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Fixing Framing Problems: Use Your Eyes to Find Crooked Studs, Headers, and Beams

Fixing Framing Problems: Use Your Eyes to Find Crooked Studs, Headers, and Beams

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In this "Building Skills" video framer Scott Grice demonstrates a few easy ways that you can use line-of-sight to identify serious issues before they're buried under drywall.

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Building Skills: How to Build an Arched Rough Opening

Building Skills: How to Build an Arched Rough Opening

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Carpenter Scott Grice shows how easy it is to frame an arched doorway using a few backer blocks and two plywood arcs.

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How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

How to Draw An Arc When Framing an Arched Doorway

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Cut perfect plywood arcs to frame curved window or door rough openings. All you need is a tape measure, a pencil, and these simple layout tips.

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How to Keep Noise Under Control

How to Keep Noise Under Control

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Too much noise is a nagging environmental problem that can be every bit as objectionable as cold air drafts or low indoor air quality. Noise from an outdoor source--a nearby freeway or construction...

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This Combination Drywall Rasp Does Three Jobs Better Than The Old Single-Duty Models

This Combination Drywall Rasp Does Three Jobs Better Than The Old Single-Duty Models

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This new rasp takes up less space, works harder, and multitasks, so why wouldn't you replace that old cheese grater in your toolbox?

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