November 1, 1992
These simple techniques save energy in new construction.
I had my doubts about whether or not this technique was going to work, but after climbing three icy ladders to get to a skylight that needed caulking, I was…
September 1, 1992
Q: I am designing a new home to be built next year and would like to incorporate a feature I’ve seen on many houses in Germany. I believe the Germans call…
Q: My log cottage, built in 1956, has an impressive fieldstone fireplace and chimney. We have added a woodstove in the fireplace, with a stovepipe that runs up the chimney. In…
November 1, 1991
With careful detailing and proper flashing, exterior woodwork should last for decades.
November 1, 1990
Preventing roof leaks caused by ice damming.
May 1, 1990
Proper drainage (lots of gravel) is the key.
January 1, 1990
The entry porch to my client's house is on the west side of the building, where the rain is sometimes driven hard by the wind. The porch floor is a reinforced-concrete…
November 1, 1989
I often use commercial spray foam for sealing around pipes, windows and other odd-shaped holes in walls. This kind of small job makes me think that I won't make a…
I use foam insulation from an aerosol can when insulating around rough window and door openings. The next day I trim all the excess foam away from the wall and the…
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