April 29, 2009
A trio of diminutive buildings shows how thoughtful siting and exemplary planning can yield a backyard destination you won’t want to leave.
April 28, 2009
Use a fan-rated outlet box that will support the fan's weight and its motion. Look for the label to be sure.
April 16, 2009
Plastic piers require no concrete or cinder blocks, and they can handle a load of 10,000 lb. as soon as the hole is backfilled.
March 26, 2009
Learn the basics of how to connect PEX to copper and existing metal pipe as well as how to make PEX to PEX connections to create a branch line or…
March 5, 2009
Teflon tape and pipe dope are used to fill voids between male and female threads to make joints leakproof and to prevent metal parts from rusting together. People often use…
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…
I use redundant layers of flashing integrated into the housewrap to keep water from getting behind exterior cladding; a kickout flashing directs water into the gutter. The process might seem…
When a basement is finished with as much care and detail as the house above, the message is that the space is an equal part of the home, not subordinate…
March 2, 2009
Incorporating manifolds into the layout can save water and energy because you eliminate most of the pipe between the water heater and the faucet. . .
December 26, 2008
We’ve done a fair amount of ranting about the importance of foreclosure prevention, but also realize we’ve neglected an aspect of the process that is critical to its success: modifying…
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