May 1, 1984
I've found a much better cutting tool than my circular saw for the occasions when I have to cut vinyl or sheet metal -- a 100-millimeter disc grinder. It's a…
January 1, 1984
Covering concrete walls with rigid foam insulation and troweling on stucco requires experience with the materials.
Insulated glass mounted flush with the roof in a low-cost, site-built design.
December 1, 1983
This Wisconsin stone house, dubbed the Gingerbread House, features a staircase made out of peeled saplings leading to a loft.
November 1, 1983
Epoxy mastic on a plywood subfloor is a durable alternative to the traditional mortar-bed method.
Many builders treat exterior millwork with liquid preservatives to protect the wood against fungal decay. Unfortunately, chemicals that kill fungi can also be deadly to humans, animals and plants. Spraying…
July 1, 1983
A few years ago, I worked on a low-budget addition that incorporated a lot of recycled materials. One way we were able to save money was by building fixed-lite windows…
Kerosene, sold as heater fuel for $1 to $2 per gallon, makes a good substitute for paint thinner, which costs considerably more. Used as a solvent for brushes, kerosene leaves…
January 1, 1983
How to combine a deck with a roof that won't leak.
The ends of exposed rafters that extend beyond the roofline will decay if they're left unprotected. Paint or stain works for a while, but both have to be renewed from…
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