Whether you’re trying to keep the water running during a power failure or the lights on and the air conditioner humming during a blackout, a standby generator can be an invaluable addition.
A final skim coat of compound creates a surface as smooth as plaster but at a lower cost.
A generator can provide days of emergency power. Here's how to choose the right one.
A leak-free installation depends on compatible materials and multiple layers of defense.
Gone are the days of hammer tackers for installing housewrap and roof underlayment.
How the best builders adopt new materials and building techniques to boost quality and profits.
How to increase style and efficiency on a modest budget.
Self-adhering underlayment provides critical protection in vulnerable locations.
The extreme simplicity of the ancient shinmei-zukuri style of Japanese architecture inspired Glenn Montgomery’s 9-ft. by 12-ft. shed.
The rise in popularity of lithium-ion batteries in power tools over the past six years has brought consumers voltage options ranging from a compact 3.6v up to a muscle-packed 36v.…
Although it’s available in more than 100 colors, only two types of cement-based grout are used to fill the gaps between tiles: sanded and unsanded. The choice is determined mostly…
Learn the pros and cons of the 3 common abrasive materials to pick the type of sandpaper that best matches your project.
Pull saws aren't every-day tools, but they can come in handy on occasion.
This roof shape may look complicated, but it's basically the same process as framing a common 45-degree bay-window roof.
In this "Drawing Board" column, architect Lynn Hopkins describes both the characteristic and uncharacteristic features of four broad house styles.
In this "Energy Smart Details" article, FHB senior editor Martin Holladay describes the best way to approach building an unvented, superinsulated roof. Holladay says that one of the best ways…
After 30 years at Fine Homebuilding, Chuck Miller calls it a day. Here’s our exit interview.
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