Issue 264 – Dec 2016/Jan 2017
The Right Header for Every Wall
Several code-approved options beyond the standard double 2x12 save material and energy.
Problem-Free Pocket Doors
Follow these installation guidelines and your pocket doors will work for a lifetime.
Tool Test: Compact Routers
Choose the best tool for profiling, flush trimming, and mortising one-handed.
What You Didn’t Know About Alarms
Smoke alarms and CO alarms are more nuanced than most people realize.
A New Approach to Coffered Ceilings
Foam-core beams and moldings make for an attractive, easy-to-install ceiling.
An efficient home means a smaller, less expensive conditioning system.
A Faster, More Durable Floor Finish
Portable UV equipment yields a fully cured finish in seconds, not days.
Small Addition, Big Impact
A 2-ft. bump-out brings a midcentury home into the next century.
FHB House: A Hardworking Spare Interior
6 types of specialized drywall in this home address demands for quieter spaces, durable surfaces, and better air quality.
FHB House: Traditional Look, Low Maintenance
Exterior claddings and durable interior finishes create a resilient and attractive home.
FHB House: Appliances Are the Daily Touch Points of a House
Featuring efficiency, convenience, and high-performance for a tight house.
Right-priced Spray Rig
Although some aspects of the setup are awkward, and it lacks some of the features found on higher-end kits, this is a true bang-for-your-buck miracle.
Smart Tools for Smartphones
These three gadgets are designed for connectivity.
Durable Do-It-All Jacket
Is that a battery in your pocket, and why do you look so warm?
Frustration-free Safety Glasses
The lenses don’t attract dust and resist scratches.
Tools & Materials
Project Gallery: Everything Under the Sun for Fun
This barn and silo was converted to a dining and dance hall.
Do I Need a Vapor Retarder?
Most buildings don’t need polyethylene anywhere, except directly under a concrete slab or on a crawlspace floor.
Energy Smart Details
Installing a Subfloor
If subflooring panels can move against the joists or abutting sheets, they will squeak.
Drawing Board: Second-floor Additions for a Ranch House
While designing a first-floor addition that looks like it has always been there is often straightforward, designing a second-floor addition can present a host of design hurdles.
Tailgate: Interview with Andrew Legge
This founder at Havelock Wool uses wool from New Zealand to create natural, alternative insulation.
Finishing Touch: Two Cabins Become One
This mix of minimalism and historical textures balances both the old and the new.
Adding Head Flashing
Drywall Repairs and Vapor Barriers
Insulating an Old Cottage
How to Deal With a Humid Basement