Issue 229 – Aug/Sept 2012
Tool Test: Compact Compressors
Small, quiet, and lightweight, these air compressors handle a bit of everything.
How it Works: Air-Conditioner Efficiency
Because air-conditioning systems typically are sized to keep a home cool on the hottest days of the year, they waste energy most of the time.
A playhouse destined for the dumpster gets transformed with salvaged materials.
How to Hang Airtight Drywall
Drywall can stop air leaks when it's installed with caulk, foam, and adhesive.
Weaving Wood and Tile Into a Stunning Floor
A field of slate squares is captured by a dadoed grid of reclaimed pine.
Fast, Accurate Floor Sheathing
Working together, a four-person crew finishes a subfloor in an hour.
What's Cool in Air Conditioning?
Understanding the technology behind today's systems improves your chances of installing the right one
Temporary Power on the Job Site
Whether you’re an electrical contractor, a builder, or a homeowner, there are a variety of ways to provide safe, code-compliant temporary power for your project.
What's the Difference: Latex, Nitrile, and Vinyl Disposable Gloves
Latex, nitrile, and vinyl Disposable gloves aren’t just for medical and food-service professionals. They also offer some protection from grease, paint, spray foam, solvents, caulk, and other products used in…
Nonmetallic Sheathed Cable
Learn the basics about this common style of house-wiring cable.
What is the Difference
Prep and Glue Plastic Fittings
Plumber Mike Lombardi sees lots of plumbing mistakes, but the most common one he encounters is improperly prepared PVC and ABS connections. In this "Building Skills" article, Lombardi shows how…
How to Design an Entry Sequence
Illustrated ideas for creating curb appeal for 5 popular styles of homes.
Windows and Doors in Double-Stud Walls
Minnesota architect Rachel Wagner shares tips for making window and door details attractive, functional, and easy to install when building a home with thick, well-insulated walls.
Energy Smart Details
Interview: Greg Law, Restoration Specialist
Bringing historic houses back to their prime is just one challenge for this National Park Service preservationist.