September 12, 2013
Q: The exterior of our house is insulated with 2 in. of rigid foam topped with 3⁄4-in.-thick furring strips and clapboard siding. What’s the best way to install a ledger board…
September 4, 2013
Headset sits just in front of your ears
July 11, 2013
We usually build custom homes, but recently, our crew had a different kind of job: replacing 5000 sq. ft. of vertical wood siding with fiber-cement siding on our local firehouse.…
January 10, 2013
I wouldn’t dream of using a tablesaw or a bandsaw without a push stick. It’s just not worth the risk of getting my fingers close to a moving sawblade. I…
November 8, 2012
By setting minimum standards for design and construction, building codes protect public safety while establishing uniformity in construction methods and materials. Regulations governing building have existed in the United States…
September 6, 2012
If you wear glasses and have tried to use a dust mask while breathing hard in cold weather, you know that it won’t be long before you can’t see. Even…
January 19, 2012
Q: Every year when the weather turns cold, I develop painful cracks in my fingers. At times, the pain is so intense that I almost can’t use my hands. What’s the…
September 8, 2011
Strengthening a home in earthquake country means anchoring it to its foundation and adding site-built shear walls.
May 13, 2011
When construction starts, there’s sometimes no dry place to set up the cutting station. In this situation, I set up one section of scaffolding with just one of the cross…
September 9, 2010
It’s now the law for professional contractors, but working lead-safe should be a priority for everyone
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