Issue 266 – April/May 2017
A Simple Screened Porch
Inexpensive screen panels combined with cable railings create a clever assembly.
Stone Walls That Stay Built
A master waller shares how to dry-lay stone walls that hold their ground for centuries.
Better-Built Wood Railings
Elegant, site-built, rot-resistant railings don’t have to break the bank.
The Groundwork of Landscape Design
A professional landscape designer offers advice for every phase of the process, from grading to lighting.
Tool Test: Cordless Sliders
Meet the new class of miter saws ... from big to little, we tested them all.
Passive House Meets Pueblo
Three projects by a Santa Fe architect demonstrate how well this performance standard and the Southwest style work together.
A Field Guide for Prefab Railing
Manufactured deck railings are fast to assemble and look great.
Much More Than a Magazine
Website, podcast, demo house, and #KeepCraftAlive — and more to come.
IBS 2017: Simpson Strong-Tie Outdoor Accents Metal Connectors
Get the look of reinforced timber frame construction with Simpson.
IBS 2017: Lapolla Spray Foam
This new insulation product is eco-friendly.
IBS 2017: FastenMaster FrameFast Structural Framing System
Framing system looks to eliminate hurricane ties.
IBS 2017: 3M Cubitron II Grinding Disc
This new ceramic abrasive really is mind-blowing in its speed and durability.
Tools & Materials
Project Gallery: Backyard Bliss
Be inspired by six examples of entertaining outdoor spaces, for parties of six or 60.
Should I Replace My Old Windows?
Comfort, historical character, and the presence of lead paint may matter as much as cost and energy efficiency.
Musings of an Energy Nerd
Repairing Rot With Epoxy
Use these versatile materials, simple tools, and straightforward steps to revive damaged exterior trim details.
Making a Room Under a Deck
A remodel can create an inviting, usable living space under the deck.
Keep Craft Alive: Brian Post, Waller
“The stones in a wall are trying their hardest to get to the center of the earth … it’s a waller’s job to defy that.”
Keep Craft Alive
Finishing Touch: Essence of the Earth
This wall, incorporating 250 tons of stone, features colorful stone mosaics, a 4-ton granite boulder, and large columns of basalt that were formed from rapidly cooling lava flows.
Horizontal vs. Vertical Drywall
Building Soundproof Walls
Proper Drywall Prep