Issue 249 – Feb/Mar 2015
The Passive House Build: Getting the Mechanicals Right
A carefully designed mechanical system rounds out this house’s heating and cooling load.
Connectivity is at the door. Are you ready to let it in?
Tool Test: 12-in. Compound-Miter Saws
With a host of innovative features, one saw rises to the top.
Air-Sealing Can Lights Safely
Common air-sealing enclosures can lead to melted foam, shorted wiring, and even fire; here's how to build a safe enclosure.
The Path to Becoming a High-Performance Builder
It can be daunting. It can be hard. It can be deeply rewarding.
Framing a Grade-Level Deck
Building close to the ground demands tighter tolerances.
All-Around Warmth: Fireplace Design
When Charles Orr of Hutker Architects met with his clients to discuss the design for their new home, on their wish list were fireplaces for the living room, the porch,…
What's the Difference: Pressure-Treated Lumber
Learn more about the various types of pressure-treated lumber, where you can find the retention level, and why making the right choice is so crucial.
What is the Difference
Tying Down Loads
Yes, there really is a knot called the trucker's hitch—and it can keep your cargo safe and secure while you're driving down the road.
Wiring a Bathroom
Electrician Cliff Popejoy explains best practices for running wire, nailing boxes, and installing fixtures.
Design a Grade-Level Deck
To get the most out of your deck, you need to carefully consider how it will be used and plan accordingly.
A Little Bungalow Grows Up
When Anna and David Howard of Howard’s Custom Home Renovations stumbled upon a quaint yet outdated bungalow for sale in Charlotte, N.C., they knew that it had the good bones…
Energy advisor Martin Holladay offers some key points to consider when venting a roof.
Energy Smart Details
Gene Myers, Zero-Energy Builder
This builder’s Denver-based company recently won its second grand award in the DOE’s Housing Innovation program.
Filling Knot Holes in Flooring
Is Through-Fastened Metal Roofing a Good Idea?
Regrouting with Epoxy
Can I recoat a fiberglass ladder?
How do you air-seal recessed can lights that you can’t access from above?