Issue 265 – Feb/Mar 2017
Paint Problems and How to Prevent Them
Knowing why paint fails is the best way to get a long-lasting, problem-free paint job.
Dress Up a Gable With Shiplap Siding
This traditional detail is fast to install and adds historic charm, even on a new house
Fine-Fitting Solid-Plank Flooring
A long-lasting, good-looking floor starts with a smart layout and strong fastening.
Bad Ducts = Bad Air
Higher energy bills and lower comfort levels aren’t the worst effects of faulty ducts.
Gutting One Bath to Build Two
A contractor shares ideas for managing complex design/build projects.
Tool Review: 18v Cordless Multitools
Modern batteries make this problem-solving tool even more useful.
Bombproof Chimney Cap
Lead flashing keeps water out and protects masonry.
Double-Duty Dust Collector
This portable homemade box catches dust and provides power to job-site tools.
FHB House: Elevating the Standard of Building
The build team brings the project closer to completion in preparation for the reveal of the finished home.
Help Keep Craft Alive
Fine Homebuilding is launching a campaign to help close the skills gap.
This is the first cordless saw that can replace a corded saw for 85% of what it does.
Ultrasmooth Impact Driver
This cordless tool’s smoothness and control — no matter what type of fastener you’re driving — is impressive.
Bright, Sturdy Worklights
Priced from $80 to $400, these lights are just the thing to illuminate your job.
Hose-Free, Hassle-Free Nailer
This cordless model works consistently at high altitudes and in cold temperatures.
Black is the New Teal
Makita's brushless drill and brushless impact driver are small and comfortable.
Tools & Materials
Doggone Great Kitchens
Here are a few of our favorite ideas from kitchens that have gone to the dogs.
How Much Insulation Is Too Much?
Martin Holladay shares insights from industry experts about when envelope improvements are a waste of money and how to determine when enough insulation is enough.
Energy Smart Details
Laying Out and Cutting Common Rafters
Traditional cut rafters are still the go-to approach to roof framing in some areas.
If you can solve the geometry, spacing, and proportions of the balustrade along the rise and run of the stair, then the design for a level balustrade is a piece of cake.
Arts & Crafts and Automobiles
This elegant garage, inspired by the English Arts & Crafts movement, uses a hybrid system of trusses connected by steel plates and bolts along with support beams using mortise-and-tenon joinery.
Keep Craft Alive: Monica Coyne, Blacksmith
“If I’m given a task in my shop, I solve it ... If I need a tool, I make it.”
Keep Craft Alive
Will Traditional Framers Use Advanced Framing?
Fixing a Squeaky Floor
Calculating Maximum Load