May 1, 1991
When remodeling or building additions, it is often necessary to cut existing clapboard siding along a vertical line. Problem is, the saw's shoe wants to hang up on the protruding…
January 1, 1991
As we began a recent remodeling project, our first task was to protect the terrazzo floor. We put down a layer of black plastic, followed by a layer of plywood.…
I got a call from some people who wanted to expand their single-car garage to a doublewide. They didn't want to change the style of the garage—just stretch it. So…
September 1, 1990
Creative responses to unusual specs.
March 1, 1990
We recently did a large residential renovation in which we had to remove nearly every wall on the second floor and a good deal of the roof. Getting this volume…
September 1, 1989
How to open up an existing bearing wall.
July 1, 1989
Using a reciprocating saw to cut an opening into a wall made of plaster and wood lath runs the risk of cracking the plaster around the edges of the hole.…
May 1, 1989
Not long ago my partner and I were working on a remodel that included putting in a new doorway through an existing wall. I was grumbling about what a pain…
March 1, 1989
Upside down and backwards is the secret.
January 1, 1989
Using a layout rod and shaper joinery to build outward-swinging windows with divided-light sashes and insulated glass.
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