Spray Foam: What Do You Really Know?
To get the full benefit of this super-insulation, you must understand the difference between open- and closed-cell foams, how they perform, and how they’re installed.
An Electrical Tool Kit
A professional electrician shares the tools and materials he relies on for the most common wiring tasks.
A peel-and-stick membrane under the flashing guarantees that the skylight won’t leak—ever.
Green Yesterday, Code Today
Thanks to the green-building movement, energy efficiency is becoming a mainstay in the IRC and the IECC. But what does it mean to you?
Build a Sturdy Stone Sitting Wall
Keep the look of a traditional dry-stack stone wall, but strengthen the core with mortar and finish with a bluestone cap.
Tool Test: 2-1/4-hp Router Combo Kits
Get double duty when you combine an interchangeable motor with both fixed and plunge bases.
Arts and Crafts Style Built-in Bench
Templates, routers, and a foolproof finish make this traditional project approachable and elegant.
In Seattle, a builder and architect prove that remodeling and energy efficiency can be a winning combination.
Tools & Materials
Better basement insulation
InSoFast insulation panels simplify the process of installing insulation
Product update: Cordless nailer gets a makeover
The Paslode CF-325 is a newly-released cordless framing nailer that features a redesigned nosepiece
Bag-style Dumpsters are big on convenience
The Bagster is a good alternative to steel roll-off trash containers
Safer rips with a roller
Board Buddies is a useful antikickback and hold-down fence accessory
Reader Feedback: Issue 204, June/July 2009
One shim is not enough As a longtime finish carpenter, I enjoyed Gary Striegler’s article “Plumb Perfect Prehung Doors” (FHB #202), and often found myself nodding in agreement. I especially…
What is the Difference
What's the Difference: Deck Stain
Most stains are engineered to color and protect wood in a single coat and are available in oil-based, water-based, and water-based epoxy-fortified mixtures.
What's the Difference: Circular sawblades with different tooth counts
Choosing a blade with the correct number of teeth for a particular job ensures the best performance from a circular saw, a miter saw, or a tablesaw.
Permeable vs. Impermeable Pavers - What's the Difference?
Consider the material’s cost, installation demands, and environmental impact when choosing pavers for you next patio, walkway, or driveway project.
How to Build a Temporary Brace Wall
Before tearing down a load-bearing wall during a remodeling project, you need to adequately support the structure. Here's how.
Sculpting a Radiused Crown Molding in Plaster
Bullnosed corners on drywall can complicate crown-molding installations. A radiused outside corner is an elegant solution.
Two years into our remodeling project, we had completed phase one of the work and had paid a great deal of attention to the little things, including finely detailed concrete…
Getting two-story garages right
The best designs have pleasing proportions and harmonize with the house
How it Works
How it Works: Vapor Drive
To understand the importance of permeable and impermeable products as they relate to the construction of your home, you need to understand how vapor drive works.
Kitchen and Bath Contest Winners
We asked for photos of your best kitchen and bath remodels, and you delivered
There's a Better Way: Drawing an Ellipse
Build a jig to draw a perfect ellipse with just two scraps of wood and a few nails