In a basement or on a slab, create a stable platform to support quality engineered-wood flooring.
With a smoking record for saving lives and protecting houses, it’s no surprise sprinklers were adopted into the International Residential Code.
Used to building big houses with big budgets, the Picton brothers earned a platinum rating with their first modest green home—but mastering the learning curve wasn’t always a smooth ride.
When all you need is a few feet of millwork to match existing trim, look to the tablesaw, a block plane, and some sanding blocks.
Bimetal saws are inexpensive and versatile, but don’t overlook the specialty tools designed to make clean cuts in less common materials.
Focus on accurate wiring when replacing faulty outlets, switches, and fixtures.
Timber-Frame Bang Without the Buck
Using timber-frame elements selectively is a more affordable way to add strength and beauty to a conventionally framed home.
How to Hang Drywall on a Gable End
This gypsum job is tougher than most, and not just because of the high ceiling.
What is the Difference
What's the Difference: Rebar vs. welded-wire mesh
Here's a quick look at the pros and cons of lead vs. copper.
What's the Difference: Nail Shanks
Choosing smooth, screw, or ring-shank nails depends on what you are building, and where
Replace a Sink Trap
Learn this simple and professional technique for replacing a sink trap along with tips for proper venting.
Use Dyes to Transform Poplar into Cherry
Acheive an even-colored finish on dissimilar woods and species using dye stains
The Builder’s Hand
Great moments in building history: A hundred-year-old handprint immortalized in a plaster wall
Drawing Board: Houses that Flow
Learn about two fundamental design consideration to add flow to a floor plan
How it Works
How it Works: Heat Transfer Through Insulation
Insulation is an incredibly effective way of making sure that conditioned indoor air stays indoors.
Tool Hound Review: Festool 14.4v Cordless Drill-Driver
Our review of Festool's 14.4-volt drill-driver model T15+3 reveals the torque and battery life of an 18-volt tool