Ten Common Plumbing Mistakes
A building inspector reviews the most frequent violations of the plumbing code.
Building Dry Stone Walls
A systematic approach saves time and turns beginners into artists.
Interlocking Weatherstripping for Doors
Arguably the best protection against wind and rain penetration, two-piece bronze can be finicky to install.
Less vibration and easier blade changing distinguish the current tools from those of only five years ago.
Laying Out and Detailing Wall Plates
Learn how a professional framer quickly and accurately transforms blueprint dimensions into templates for walls.
A Timber-Frame/Modular Hybrid House
This economical house design features factory-built rooms that surround a post-and-beam core.
Building a Mantel
A frame-and-panel base topped with a broad shelf dresses up a plain fireplace.
What to Expect From Your New Home
In an open letter to his clients, a builder prepares them for the inevitable squeaks and cracks.
Reader Feedback: Issue 126, October/November 1999
Somebody always takes things the wrong way After reading all the letters about Barbara Flanagan’s essay (“Taking Issue,” FHB #123, pp. 6,8), I am once again reminded of why I…
The Full Monty
Great moments in building history: Here's one job where it's okay to take off your shirt when it gets hot