The Efficient Way to Trim Exterior Windows
The key to durable trim and a safer and faster job is to assemble the trim first and install it later.
A Custom Finish for Affordable Doors
Layers of dye and glaze add instant character to an inexpensive interior door.
The Bright Future of Lighting
With stricter energy requirements and improved light technology, we all may be switching to CFLs and LEDs.
Upgrade to a Trash Drawer
Installed in an existing cabinet, it's simple and sturdy, and it hides disposables only a slide away.
A Striking Hillside Home
In New York state, a new house combines compound curves and energy-saving details.
Venting a Tricky Old Roof
Retrofitting undershingle intake and ridge vents helped to cool and dry this 120-year-old attic.
16 Ways to Improve the Air You Breathe
Discovering the causes of poor indoor-air quality is the first step in creating a healthful home.
Removing Interior Walls
A step-by-step guide for taking down walls without wrecking the house.
Two bits from Bosch
A torture-test for Bosch's newly-introduced bits
Bandages for a day’s work
Band-Aid Tough-Strips stand up to a full day of hands-on work
First-rate fiber-cement saw
Ridgid's Fuego 5-in fiber-cement saw (R3400) features a unique dust-collection system
Tools & Materials
Reader Feedback: Issue 205, August/September 2009
You oversimplified the discussion: How much insulation is “enough”? Your recent article “Spray Foam: What Do You Really Know” (FHB #204) touched on an important topic that seems to be…
What's the Difference: Titanium Hammers vs. Steel Hammers
It turns out that the hype surrounding titanium has value.
What's the Difference: Is PVA, polyurethane, or CA glue right for my project?
All 3 of these common types of adhesives have a place in home building, but each is better for specific uses.
What is the Difference
Soldering Copper Cap Flashing
Learn how to shape and solder copper cap flashing, a window's first line of defense against water and the best way to prevent rot, insects, and mold.
Learn a traditional timber-frame technique for cutting a double-bladed scarf joint.
This is only a test
If you’ve been around a fast-paced, production-type job site, then you know that when you get a new crew member, he has to live up to certain expectations. You know—the…
Garden Sheds With Style
By paying attention to scale and siting thoughtfully, you can transform a storage shed into a garden shed
Heat-recovery ventilators can keep up to 80% of the energy in exhaust air inside a house, saving conditioned air and the money spent to heat or cool it.
How it Works
Highlights from our Project Gallery
A prize-winning deck, art in the garden, a house with a waterwheel, and more. . .
How to Solder Copper Cap Flashing
Watch a pro shape and solder copper cap flashing, which is installed atop the head casing.