Issue 254 – Oct/Nov 2015
Layers of redundant flashing and sealant ensure that the most expensive part of your house is also the best protected.
This natural spun-stone insulation is enjoying a resurgence in popularity—and for good reason.
Learn where to look for common air leaks and how to seal them up to make your home more comfortable and energy efficient.
The floor, flange, and sealant can mean the difference between success and failure.
Pairing a proven net-zero strategy with conscious material choices.
These versatile tools make fast, precise cuts and weigh a lot less than your tablesaw.
Where Concrete is King
In the summer of 2012, Andrey Rudenko began toying with the idea of creating a 3D printer capable of constructing homes. An experienced contractor with a background in engineering and…
What is the Difference
Hammer-Action Drills vs. Rotary Hammers
Choose the best tool for drilling holes in concrete.
What's the Difference: Phillips vs. Pozidriv Bits
Despite their similar appearance, these two systems are not interchangeable
Installing a Big Beam
Remodelers frequently have to replace a bearing wall with a large beam. The challenge is weight, but senior editor Andy Engel shows here how to install the beam one ply…
Laundry Closet Design Ideas
Designer Mike Maines details 3 types of well-designed laundry closets that make the most of a compact space.
Mudroom's the Name, Organizing's the Aim
We all have things that we drag in and out of our homes just about every day: coats, purses, mail, shoes, sports equipment, books, backpacks. Without a mudroom—that dedicated space…
Energy Smart Details
Joe Lstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall
This wall design ensures good performance and solves the problems of inside and outside moisture.
Tailgate: Katherine Boorman, Designer
This operations director for the firm OneButton specializes in making technology an unobtrusive part of home design.
How it Works
Although hidden behind walls and in floors and ceilings, the pipes that make up a house’s drain-waste-vent system are the balance of the plumbing equation.