Retrofitting Recessed Lights
Replacing an old surface-mount fixture with recessed lights is an easy upgrade that you can customize with different trim kits.
How to Cope With a Beautiful Site
Don't force the footprint. Let the surroundings choose the palette, and plan plenty of outdoor rooms.
Replacing a Broken Tile
With a little care and the right tools, it's easy to remove a cracked floor tile and install a new one.
Not Your Old Saw
New circular saws are more lightweight, comfortable, convenient, and precise than ever before. Here's a close look at 10 top models.
20 Cool Tools for $20 or Less
Some are time-tested. Others are innovative. All are good and cheap. Check out the low-cost, high-value tools that we can't do without.
Building Custom Carriage-House Doors
Sandwich-style construction offers strength and design flexibility without fussy joinery work, and is good for all sorts of doors—not just garage doors.
Sleek Style for a Master Suite
Commercial components and a convenient floor plan integrate a bath and a walk-through closet.
Inlaying a Floor Medallion
Exotic scraps find a new life as the focal point of a floor.
Warm Floors Now Easier Than Ever
Radiant-panel systems a carpenter can install are perfect under a wood floor.
From Rough Frame to Finished Stairs
A foolproof method for installing skirtboards, treads, and risers.
Rolling Roof Trusses
Factory-made trusses save time and give you a roof engineered for strength and stability.
Reader Feedback: Issue 168, December 2004/January 2005
The Not So Stupid Show House Most show houses are stupid. They’re chest-pounding testaments to their designers’ egos and their sponsors’ pocketbooks. Touring a typical show house is like walking…
What is the Difference
What's the Difference: Drywall Corner Beads
Different types of durability and installation methods set each option for corner beads apart from one another
What's the Difference: Toilet Bowl Gaskets
The use of plastic and rubber rings for the crucial seal between the toilet and the waste line ameliorates problems presented by traditional wax rings
Drywall: Finishing an Outside Corner
A pro demonstrates how he creates a smooth finish by applying the right amount of compound and pressure to the corner bead.
For Electrical Safety, Lock and Tag the Breaker Panel
Just because you threw the switch, it doesn’t mean it’s off!
Long Electrical Runs in Closed Walls
Long drill bits can eliminate plaster tearout when rewiring old construction.
Ask the Experts
Fixing rough-framed stairs
Boxing ductwork for a dropped ceiling
Black mildew on fresh paint
Tar paper under wood floor?
Weatherizing a Porch