Issue 248 – Dec/Jan 2015
Laying Concrete Pavers
For a driveway, walk, or patio, get the base right, and the rest of the job is straightforward.
Knowing your priorities will help you find the best value in windows.
Build a Dry, Risk-Free Finished Basement
Capturing this additional living space correctly and confidently requires a careful approach to the site and foundation.
Small enough to carry with one hand, but big enough for job-site work.
The History of Hammer Design
From rocks to titanium, hammer design has a rich history.
Wonder Wheel By the Water
During the winter of 2013, Ray Baytos convinced his wife, Joanne, that a water-wheel house would be the perfect addition to their koi pond. A hobbyist woodworker and sometime-builder for…
What's the Difference: Sump Pumps
The main differences between submersible and pedestal-style pumps come down to cost and cooling.
What is the Difference
Laying Out Basic Stair Stringers
Former editor and veteran stairbuilder Andy Engel demonstrates the necessary steps, from finding the crown to using the first stringer as a template for the second.
Modern Mantel Made Well
This cherry fireplace surround is assembled and installed with concealed fasteners
Alternatives to Drywall
Most residential wall surfaces are painted drywall, but interior designer Courtney Fadness likes to incorporate alternatives such as wood, tile, and natural stone into her projects where appropriate. She believes…
How to Identify Why Exterior Paint Is Failing, and How to Avoid It
Cracking, flaking paint not only looks bad—it also invites water and weather inside to do more damage.
How it Works
Good Homes Come in Small Packages
The two houses featured here illustrate how well-designed homes can be comfortable and inviting no matter what the size. Both homes have an open floor plan, are finished and furnished…
Ducting HRVs and ERVs
Learn how to ensure the ductwork for HRVs and ERVs will always be energy efficient.
Energy Smart Details
Mark Clement, Carpenter
This Philadelphia remodeling contractor has carved out a niche doing the dirty work on several reality TV shows
The Basics of Bath Fans
Bath fans are great at exhausting humid or smelly air, and senior editor Martin Holladay recommends that every bathroom have one. In this "GreenBuildingAdvisor.com Insider" article, he explains the importance…
Red Oak vs. White Oak: Key Differences
Can a deck ledger span a basement window?
DA vs. FN finish nails