Porter-Cable enters a category that has long been dominated by Kreg, but is their new jig an improvement?
Contractor’s Guide: Retrofitting a Foundation
Lift the house safely with massive beams and get the proper subs involved to ensure the new foundation will last.
Managing Job-Site Mud
Keep the sludge off the street and out of the water.
Heating Options for a Small Home
A conventional furnace is overkill in a small, well-insulated house. Here are some better options.
Why Flash and Batt Makes Sense
Closed-cell spray foam and fiberglass batts can be used together to maximize performance and minimize cost.
Tool Test: Stud Finders and Wall Scanners
These tools can provide invaluable information, but don’t bet your job on what they tell you.
Taming an Outdated Pantry
Clever design ideas and construction techniques for outfitting an awkward space with useful kitchen storage.
Designing for Privacy and Views
In a dense neighborhood, a small, modern home embraces a secluded outdoor space.
How it Works: Wall Scanners
Associate editor Rob Yagid explains how wall scanners detect wood and metal studs, live electrical wires, and ferrous and nonferrous metals.
What is the Difference
Sharp tools make carpentry easier and safer, and they produce better results. Associate editor Patrick McCombe provides step-by-step instructions for sharpening chisels using diamond stones, a combination-grit water stone, and…
Framing the Bell Curve
Framing the bell-shaped roof of a small, square historic building posed some interesting challenges.
Better Bathroom Storage
Bathroom-storage expansion fits into three categories: (1) increasing the capacity of traditional storage areas like vanity cabinets; (2) maximizing existing floor and wall space with new storage options; and (3)…
Energy Smart Details
These energy smart details will help you build water-tight shading roofs for windows.
Tailgate: Rick Fedrizzi, Green Advocate
The president and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council is optimistic about the collaborative future of sustainability, but he would like to see building codes get a little greener.