Issue 237 – Aug/Sept 2013
Pro Tips for Deck Refinishing
Use this foolproof strategy to rescue a worn, weather-beaten deck.
When Ductless Minisplits Make Sense
Easy-install, high-efficiency HVAC is ideal for retrofits and well-insulated new homes
How to Save an Old House
A historic Cape gets a dry basement and an insulation upgrade without losing its traditional character
Reproducing Traditional Moldings
Get period details right with both power and hand tools
Wind-Resistant Framing Techniques
These cost-effective details help houses weather the storm.
Tool Test: Impact Drivers
Three testers conduct isolated reviews of each brand’s 18v cordless tool
Two Rugged Baths
Inspired by a modern master, these baths with natural, exposed materials embody the spirit of the California coast
Drawing inspiration from traditional farm buildings used to store corn, The Crib is architect Jeffery Broadhurst’s award-winning small shelter designed to serve as a weekend cabin, a backyard office, a…
What's the Difference: Sawblade Tooth Angles
Top bevel, relief, and hook.
What is the Difference
Install a Toilet
In this "Building Skills" article, plumber Mike Lombardi explains his nine-step process for installing a toilet: (1) secure the flange; (2) dry-fit the bowl; (3) caulk the bottom; (4) install…
Separating the garage from the main house has several benefits: It allows for windows on all four sides of the house, it makes the house seem less bulky, and it …
How it Works: Historic Designations
Properties can be identified as historic at the national, state, or local level. In this "How It Works" article, managing editor Debra Judge Silber looks at each of these designations…
How it Works
Project Gallery: Break Out of the Indoors!
We may be stuck in the office all day, but that doesn’t stop us from getting a great view of what’s happening outdoors. The photographs posted to the FineHomebuilding.com gallery…
Recessed Can Lights Can Leak Air
An energy pro explains how to cut down on air leakage through recessed units.
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Susan Marvin, Window Manufacturer
Keeping a labor force intact was one strategy a family business used to survive the recession by thinking about the future.
Can My Flooring Be Refinished?
Should You Seal the Joint Where a Toilet Meets the Floor?