Issue 242 – April/May 2014
The right techniques make for speedy, accurate cuts.
The best ventilation solutions provide fresh air to the whole house without a severe energy penalty.
The key is finding boards that match and installing them with care.
An old ranch house gets an improved shell, solar panels, and an upgraded heating and cooling system to provide energy independence.
This tool is a must-have when it comes to electrical troubleshooting.
If you aren’t insulating the edge, you’re only doing half the job.
Fast and Accurate Wall Framing
An experienced carpenter shows you his no-nonsense approach to building the structure of a house.
Nine years ago, Barbara and Don McKee stopped dreaming about the changes they wanted to make to the home they’d shared for 40 years and started implementing them. The couple…
What is the Difference
What's the Difference: Wooden Scaffold Plates
Stay away from construction-grade lumber and choose instead between solid-sawn planks and engineered LVL planks.
How to Cut a Laminate Countertop for a Sink
Old-school carpenter Andy Engel shares some tips on laying out and cutting a ready-made laminate countertop for a sink.
Designing a Small But Elegant Deck
Several rounds of plan revisions helped make the most of a narrow site in this custom deck build.
How it Works
How it Works: Dehumidifiers
Excess humidity can encourage the growth of mold and even damage a house's structure and furnishings over time.
Project Gallery: Floors with Flair
Hardwood has been used for flooring for hundreds of years, and for almost as long, talented artisans have been enhancing those floors with decorative inlays. An expert in the wood-flooring…
Energy Smart Details
A Practical Air-Sealing Sequence
If you aim to build a superinsulated airtight home and want to keep it affordable, your best bet is to use common materials and methods that don’t disrupt traditional work sequences very much.
Tailgate: Barbara and Don McKee, Artist and Engineer
Partners in life and business, the McKees have created intricate enhancements to their antique home.