Keeping a Basement Dry
Waterproofing the foundation walls is only the first step; you also need a system of drains around the foundation that silt won't render useless.
A Stair in the Air
Southern yellow-pine treads hide welded-steel brackets that make these stairs appear to float in space.
Building a Crosscut Sled for a Tablesaw
Making square cuts on wide stock is quick, safe and easy with this simple jig that you can build in a day
Solo Drywall Hanging
Get help when you can, but if you have to install these unwieldy sheets by yourself, it pays to rent a lift.
A Builder's Guide to Avoiding Skin Problems
From cracked fingertips and contact allergies to cement burns and skin cancer, the prevention is better than the cure.
Working With Fiber-Cement Siding
Impervious to bugs and water, fiber-cement lap siding requires some special tools and techniques to be installed properly.
Framing With a Crane
For lifting beams, walls or material, cranes can save your wallet and your back
Reader Feedback: Issue 140, June/July 2001
DuPont takes exception to criticism of housewraps In Joseph Lstiburek’s sidebar to the article “Rain-Screen Walls: a Better Way to Install Siding” (FHB #137, p. 89), Mr. Lstiburek claims that…
Great moments in building history: Never forget those basic physics principles
Hand Signals for Cranes
Getting the crane to do what you need is as simple as pointing your finger
Use A Router To Cut Drywall
Cut the holes for doors, windows, and electrical boxes fast and accurately
Cutting Floor Joists to Length
Snap a chalkline on the mudsills, and the measuring is done
Cut a Thin Strip of Drywall Without Breaking It
Move away from the edge a few inches and score it twice