Issue 257 – Feb/Mar 2016
Illustrated Guide to Code Changes
Here’s what you can expect in the 2015 IRC.
Prep a Subfloor for Tile
A second layer of plywood stiffens floors for long-lasting tile installations.
The Evolution of Efficiency: Net Zero as the New Normal
Experimentation and learning have led one builder to integrate energy-smart techniques into everyday construction.
A Closer Look at Solid-Wood Flooring
The ins and outs of an enduring favorite.
Can Liquid Flashing Replace Tape?
Residential builders are beginning to experiment with fluid flashing products developed for commercial jobs.
Fabulous Finish for an Exterior Door
Beautify a wood door with dye, stain, varnish, and a commitment to doing the process right.
Winding Down to the Wine Cellar
These intricate, custom railings that lead to a spacious wine cellar in a private residence were designed and created by metal artist and blacksmith Scott Lankton. Each hand-chiseled leaf and…
What's the Difference: Fine-Finish Sanders: Orbital vs. Random Orbit
Regardless of the task, sanding is usually the part of the process that most of us don’t really enjoy. Having the wrong tool for the job only makes matters worse.…
What is the Difference
Cutting an Acute Bevel
Carpenter Andy Engel explains how to make a cheek cut that's beyond a standard saw's capability.
Small Powder Rooms
Strictly speaking, powder rooms have only a sink and a toilet, but they afford an important measure of convenience to guests and residents alike and can also add value to a home.
Electrical Breaker Panels
The job of the breaker panel is to distribute the incoming power to the separate circuits throughout a home’s electrical system.
How it Works
Fine Wine Storing
Archaeological evidence tells us that humans were enjoying wine as far back as 6000 B.C. A perishable product, wine will soon spoil if exposed to extreme fluctuations in temperature or…
How to Reduce Heat Loss Through Footings
Pouring a concrete slab on top of a thick layer of rigid foam is an effective way to create a super-insulated foundation.
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Lance Kirley, President and CEO
This executive stewards the design of traditional homes and the manufacture of historically authentic building components.
Adequate Roof Venting
Fiber-Cement Siding Problem
Open-Cell vs. Closed-Cell Foam Insulation
Blower-Door Test Record