Problem-Solving Electrical Boxes
Cleverly designed boxes can get you out of trouble quickly during rough-ins and retrofits.
A Fast, Foolproof Method for Fitting Doors
With plywood strips and hot-melt glue, you can make a template that guarantees a perfect fit.
Inside the Hobbit House
This modern-day folly has all the charm and craftsmanship of the mythical cottages of The Shire.
The Kitchen-Deck Connection
A small addition with a sunny deck builds a bridge to the backyard.
23-gauge Pin Nailers Change Everything
These pneumatic trim guns are compact and lightweight, and fire nails so small that they barely leave a trace.
A Beautiful Floor from Wood Scraps
Achieving the intricate geometry of a parquet floor doesn't require much more than a tablesaw, kraft paper, and wallpaper paste.
An Energy-Smart Foundation in Two Days
A compacted gravel footing is the only prep work required, and you don't have to wait for the weather.
Comparing Rot-Resistant Framing Materials
Copper- and borate-based preservative treatments have proven effectiveness, but structural plastics are more durable.
A TV Complicates the Mantelpiece
Tips on trim details and new design tools from a big project.
So Easy Even a Carpenter Can Do It
Installing precast concrete foundation wall panels set on gravel footings
Use peel-and-stick bow-ties to flash a dormer.
Houses That Roll With the Punches
A Japanese company takes a new approach to earthquake-proof homes
But what about climbing a ladder with a chainsaw?
Ladder manufacturer studies fear of climbing ladders
How many legislators does it take to unscrew 50 million lightbulbs?
California and Connecticut lead the charge to ban inefficient bulbs
Casa y Comunidad: Latino home and neighborhood design
Fernando Pages Ruiz reviews Henry G. Cisneros's lastest book, Casa y Comunidad
A housewrap and rain screen in one
Delta-Dry weather-resistant barrier
Plastic hinge shims
Quick align hinge shims
Curved walls done quickly
Quick Curve Plates
Metal-connector nailer is a leap forward in technology
MCN 150 StrapShot
Better Fast-Acting Glue
Tools & Materials
The remodeled FineHomebuilding.com
Editor Kevin Ireton introduces the new FineHomebuilding.com
Reader Feedback: Issue 186, April/May 2007
Turn off the water when you lather up The essay “Down the drain” (FHB #183, p. 8) and the subsequent letters (FHB #185, pp. 8, 12) debating low-flow showerheads all…
What's the Difference: Layout chalk
Why settle for what's left in your chalkline when a variety of colors await your discovery?
What is the Difference
A step-by-step guide to making your entry door waterproof and windproof
Mrs. Fremont's Special Beeswax Formula
Great moments in building history: Sometimes, just saying the right words can land you the job of a lifetime
Mixing Concrete in a Wheelbarrow
A simple wheelbarrow, a stiff rake, and a reliable process transform the task of mixing concrete from backbreaker to no-brainer
Build the Mantelpiece in 3D First
A free 3D drawing tool helps visualize difficult projects before you make your first cut
Fireplace mantel and surround clearances
Waterproofing a Basement From the Inside Can Be a Challenge
Replace an ugly metal railing