May 18, 2009
Many driveways are oversized to provide extra room for backing and turning and parking for occasional guests. Excess pavement often overwhelms a small lot and increases storm water runoff. On…
May 1, 2009
Although the terms often are used interchangeably, trellises, arbors, and pergolas are distinctly different structures.
Get the details right, and a small increase in wall thickness can make a big difference in energy performance.
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…
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