Issue 228 – June/July 2012
Getting the Right Concrete
Whether by bag or truckload, the right concrete can make the project, and the wrong concrete can ruin it.
Insulating a Cathedral Ceiling
Vented or unvented roof assemblies can work, but failure carries a heavy price.
An Inside Look at Box-Beam Levels
How accurate is accurate enough? It all depends on the bubble vial and frame construction.
A Modern Modular At Home in Minneapolis
A small house on a small lot is the right choice for a growing family.
Installing a Low-Slope EPDM Roof
Done with care, a flat roof can provide 20 years of leak-free service.
The Essential Timber-Frame Joint
Learn a veteran timber framer's techniques for making precise mortises, tenons, and the pegs that hold them tightly together.
How it Works: Deck Loads
Explore the gravitational and lateral forces that conspire to topple backyard decks and the codes designed to counter them.
Entry Door Style Guide
Help to define your home's character by choosing the right door.
Choosing the Right Deck Finish
The options in penetrating exterior finishes may seem confusing, but there are some clues to help you choose.
What's the Difference: Ledger Flashing
Proper flashing of a deck ledger is crucial to preventing water from getting behind the ledger and damaging it and the sheathing underneath, a key cause of premature deck failure.…
What is the Difference
How to Wire a Switch Box
An electrician walks you through step-by-step on how to wire a switch box.
How to Remodel a Bath for Accessibility
An architect explains how he plans to remodel a bathroom so that it is accessible
Double-stud walls are a low-tech way to create highly energy-efficient walls with common materials and familiar assemblies
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Mike Kernagis, Builder
As construction manager for e-co lab, this builder is helping to lead the way for Passive House in the U.S.