Issue 245 – Aug/Sept 2014
Installing High-Performance Windows in a Passive House
By far the weakest link in a Passive House, these imported windows must be installed perfectly.
Tool Test: 18-Gauge Brad Nailers
Now able to shoot 2-in. nails, these small tools are more versatile than ever.
Complete Guide to Sizing Deck Footings
Use the charts and tables in this comprehensive guide to choose the right size beams and specify the appropriate concrete footings for your next deck project.
Building Science for the Rest of Us
7 basic principles to make homes safe, durable, and energy efficient.
Contemporary details and a new floor plan turn a near teardown into a practical home.
What's the Difference: Paintable Caulks and Sealants
Interior vs. exterior
What's the Difference: Residential Fire Extinguishers
Units for class A, B, C, and K fires
What is the Difference
Cutting Ceramic Tile with a Tile Saw
Whether you buy or rent, a tile saw is a tool you'll need when laying tile.
Painting Trim the Right Way
A pro painter shares 8 essential steps to get a smooth, blemish-free finish when painting molding.
Designing Gable Dormers
Right-scaled gable dormers can both bring in light and add interest to a plain roof.
How it Works: Nails
Considering how critical nails are to holding wood-frame houses together, it’s surprising that we don’t pay more attention to them.
How it Works
Kitchen remodel: From passé to the present
Architect Steven Ginn knew this kitchen was going to be a challenge the moment he laid eyes on it. Long, narrow, and dated, the original kitchen bisected the house, with…
Insulating a Slab-On-Grade Foundation
Depending on your location, you may need rigid-foam insulation under and around the edges of the slab.
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Nicole Starnes Taylor, Architect
This former carpenter talks about how having worked in the trades made her a better architect.
All About Washing Machines
The overall efficiency of machines are rated two ways: the modified energy factor (MEF) and the water factor (WF).
Is there a difference between hardwood and softwood OSB?
Can exterior foam be added to a wall that has an interior vapor barrier?