July 1, 1986
While rubbing down some window trim with fine steel wool, I noticed some little black dots forming on the wall nearby. To my amazement, I discovered that some of the…
May 1, 1986
Plumbing and aligning stud walls can be quite a chore, sometimes involving the better part of a five or six-man crew. On a recent job, I became acquainted with the tool…
Inexpensive, stable and easy to install, steel is becoming popular for interior partitions.
March 1, 1986
How one builder avoids the drywall doldrums.
July 1, 1985
Save your mortar for pointing, bed your stones in concrete, and remember there's no substitute for gravity.
November 1, 1984
Without this final step of straightening the walls, the care taken during framing will have little effect.
Here's an inexpensive way to make the thin, flimsy walls of a fiberglass shower more rigid. Apply expanding urethane foam at several spots up and down the wall studs behind…
September 1, 1984
With most of the thinking already done, nailing together a tight frame requires equal parts of accuracy and speed.
Until recently, framing walls with 45° angles had been something of a pain. I'd always end up with an odd-shaped void right on the corner on the outside face of…
July 1, 1984
A production method for translating the blueprints to the wall plates.
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