Tool Test: Cordless Finish Nailers
These tools free you from the tangle of an air hose and let you go right to work with little setup.
Will Vinyl Windows Last?
They don’t have the track record of wood windows, but chosen and installed with care, modern vinyl products can compete.
Cabinet Door Shoot-Out
Mortise-and-tenon vs. cope-and-stick joinery: Experienced cabinetmakers share their preference.
Bending Synthetic Decking for Decorative Inlays
The ability to heat-form cellular-PVC and other composite boards on site paves the way for designs that can set a deck apart.
An Inside Look at Living Roofs
If you follow this approach toward energy savings, storm-water control, and progressive design, you had better get the details right.
Testing and Sealing Ductwork
Leaky ducts waste energy and contribute to a host of building problems.
The Second Time Around
A new house built on the small footprint of the original benefits from pace-saving strategies and a modern insulation package.
How It Works: Cordless finish nailer
In this "How It Works" article, associate editor Rob Yagid takes one model, the Paslode IM250A, and explains what powers it, how its combustion process works, and how it drives a fastener through a piece of trim.
What's the Difference: Panel Ratings
Decoding the APA Stamp
Tile Thinset Mortar Options
Check with the ANSI standards when choosing a tile adhesive.
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Cutting in Trim and Corners
These tricky transition areas require not only the right technique but also the right brush.
Site-Built Deck Drainage
Mike Guertin demonstrates his methods for draping EPDM roofing membrane over joists before installing decking to create an affordable system for keeping the space under a deck dry.
Designing a Morning Kitchen
Learn how to add a personalized kitchen space to a master suite or landing.
4 Options for Shear Bracing Foam-Sheathed Walls
In many parts of the United States, it’s becoming common for builders to install rigid-foam sheathing on the exterior of framed walls. However, this raises a potential problem: Because rigid…
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Tailgate: Larry Janesky, Entrepreneur
For this business owner, the keys to success are a focus on customer service and a crew of well-trained employees.