Issue 246 – Oct/Nov 2014
A Simple Approach to Paneled Wainscot
Built on a bench and finished with stock moldings, these panels don’t lose any points for style.
Save Energy with Storm Windows
Contractor Mike Guertin takes a look at the latest products and how to install them.
Making Fiberglass Insulation Work
A quality batt installation requires proper air-sealing and attention to installation details–in other words, you need patient, conscientious installers to get your money's worth when insulating walls with fiberglass.
Torture Test: Fiber-Cement Sawblades
We cut through the contenders to find the longest-lasting, most cost-effective blades.
Decking Over a Roof
Detail the roof and framing correctly, and the decking part of the job is easy.
All Aboard for Fun
When Norma and Walter Ward moved into their Houston-area home, their backyard consisted of some grass and a tiny concrete patio. More than 20 years and countless hours later, they…
Why Do We Need Control Layers?
Understand the different roles of air barriers, vapor barriers, water-resistive barriers, and insulation.
What's the Difference: Paintable Interior Moldings
MDF trim vs. finger-jointed trim
What is the Difference
Taping and Finishing Drywall Corners
The trick is to work on half of a corner at a time.
Installing Engineered Flooring on a Concrete Slab
When gluing prefinished engineered flooring to concrete, detailing the prep and ensuring a careful layout are key.
A Porch with a Rooftop Deck
Designer Michael Maines identifies 12 areas to focus on when designing a porch with a deck above it.
How it Works: Household Electricity
Electrician Cliff Popejoy explains the systems and components that bring power from it's source into and around your home.
How it Works
Project Gallery: Cool Fun in the Summer Sun
Three summer projects, submitted to our recent online contest
Air-Sealing SIP Seams
Houses built with structural insulated panels require unique methods of air-sealing to ensure an airtight thermal envelope.
Energy Smart Details
Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Pioneer
This architect is leading the movement for affordable energy-efficient homes in the United States.