Tool Test: 16-Ga. Finish Nailers
The right tool can improve the speed, accuracy, and quality of your trimwork.
Frame a Classic Shed Dormer
If you start with a full-scale layout on the subfloor and plan for the finished details, the framing is relatively painless.
Glass-Block Shower on a Curve
This shower-stall alternative lets in the light, offers privacy, and makes a small space feel roomy.
A Faster, Easier Approach to Custom Cabinets
Create desks, bookcases, pantries, and more with a slick hybrid design and problem-solving pocket-screw joinery.
Unfinished-Attic Insulation Upgrade
Seal air leaks first, then blow in extra insulation for an energy-saving improvement that offers a great bang for the buck.
An American Bungalow: Before and After
Transformed into a classic Craftsman home, this Sears kit house lives, looks, and performs better than ever.
11 Wood-Flooring Problems and Their Solutions
For flawless wood floors, avoid these installation and finishing mistakes
Tubular Skylights Should Leak Only Sunlight
Mike Guertin demonstrates his step-by-step process for bringing the sun's rays into a dark hallway
Should you switch heating fuels?
BuildingGreen.com has an interactive online calculator to make comparing fuel costs simple
New code requirement for fire sprinklers
The International Code Council, the governing body responsible for the International Residential Code (IRC), recently approved a proposal to require fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes and…
Five Things You Didn't Know About Paint
Stats on everything from paint sales and components to factories and labor costs
New 12-in. miter saw leads the field
12-in. sliding compound-miter saw (6955-20) by Milwaukee
Fireplace draft stopper
3-Ply poly Chimney Balloon keeps hot air where it should be
Alternative to anchor bolts
Titen HD screw anchor by Simpson Strong-Tie
Tools & Materials
Reader Feedback: Issue 200, Dec 2008/Jan 2009
Bad, not big, homes are the problem I love and applaud the concepts behind architect Sarah Susanka’s approach to home design: optimizing function, utility, cost, and energy consumption to fit…
A fireplace not only adds warmth to any room, it also sets the tone
What's the Difference: Safety glasses
Should you wear glass, plastic, or polycarbonate lenses?
What's the Difference: Trowels
Square-notch, U-notch, or V-notch?
What's the Difference: Paintable Caulk
Does price matter, or is a latex caulk by any other name still the same?
What is the Difference
Dress up cabinet face frames with a mitered integral bead
For consistent results, rotate the stock, not the saw, and cut opposing pieces at the same time
Designing stairs for an addition
Start with a top-down approach, then choose a shape that lands in a good spot
3 Ways to Wrap Cords and Hoses
Maintain the quality of cords and hoses, and avoid kinks and tangles by using proper wrapping technique
Video: Add a Mitered Integral Bead to Cabinet Face Frames
This detail softens the edge while creating a deep shadowline.
How to Add Blown-in Fiberglass Insulation
Watch Mike Guertin blown in fiberglass insulation, an affordable way to increase R-value in homes with empty attics.
Video: Using a Pocket-Hole Jig
A pocket-hole jig makes cabinet assembly fast and easy.
Video Vault: Cutting Curves with a Wet Saw
Cutting the outside radius is easy, but the inside radius requires a few extra steps and some skill.
Cutting Curves in Marble with a Ring-Blade Wet Saw
This specialized tile saw makes quick work of shaping stone and glass tiles
16-Ga. Finish Nailer Roundup, Part One
Rick Arnold lists his top-four must-have features that distinguish one nailer in a market of many
16-Ga. Finish Nailer Roundup, Part Two
Secondary features worth considering when choosing a finish nailer
Video Vault: Using a Moisture Meter
An accurate moisture meter is the most important tool a wood-floor installer can use.
Video Vault: Plywood Sheet-Metal Brake
Give your brake a break with this improvised custom-flashing device
Drywall Cutting-Tool Protection Strips
Try this ingenious alternative use for paper-face metal drywall tape when cutting against a finished surface.
16-Ga. Finish Nailer Roundup, Gun By Gun
Rick Arnold reviews the top features of more than a dozen 16-ga. finish nailers
Tool Review: Milwaukee's New 12-in. Miter Saw
Finish carpenter Kit Camp revisits the "best overall" in the 12-in miter-saw category
Tubular Skylight Basics
Mike Guertin explains the ins and outs of how tubular skylights work.
Installing a Tubular Skylight: Step 1
Locate the skylight's position, then mark and cut the opening in the roof
Installing a Tubular Skylight: Step 2
Proper flashing ensures a long life for the skylight and the roof
Installing a Tubular Skylight: Step 3
In this final step, Mike Guertin works his way from the top down to connect the tube and let the daylight in
Build Like a Pro: Adding Blown-in Fiberglass Insulation
Less dusty than cellulose, blown-in fiberglass increases R-value and installs quickly