Issue 268 – June/July 2017
Spray Finish On Site
Waterborne lacquer and a basic high-volume low-pressure (HVLP) spray gun yield quick, quality paint jobs on interior trim, cabinets, and more.
Tips for On-Site Spray Finishing
FHB Ambassador Tyler Grace shares his setup and strategy for achieving a cabinet-shop-quality finish in a customer’s house.
How to Use a Wet-Film Thickness Gauge
Got runs, sags, or an uneven surface after spray finishing? Then get yourself this simple tool to help you adjust your spray rig settings and painting techniques.
A User-Friendly Remodeler's Spray Rig
Portability and versatility is why this Fuji Mini-Mite 4 HVLP turbine unit is FHB Ambassador Tyler Grace’s go-to system for on-site spray finishing.
Laying Large Tile
Large-format tiles have their own set of rules — install them like standard tiles and watch the job fail.
Quick Curves With Steel
Light-gauge steel makes creative deck framing easier.
Make it Modern
A sensitive path to updating a traditional home with modern design details.
Faster Drywall Finishing
Automatic tools produce better walls in less time.
Cellulose: The Perfect Insulation
Cost-effective, versatile, and green, cellulose may be the hardest-working insulation available.
Take the Fear out of Brick Veneer
Basic masonry skills are all a remodeler needs to remove and replace bricks and mortar.
Video Extra: Moving an Opening in a Brick Wall
Mason John Carroll goes through the process of rebuilding brick veneer using basic masonry skills.
Building a Net-Zero Production Home
Low energy costs don’t have to come at a high price.
My Door is Always Open
I’m starting off my role as editor by telling you that everything is up for discussion.
The worm-drive circular saw has remained relatively unchanged during its decades of production, but now there’s a new version of the venerable classic.
In my experience, this caulk does not shrink and it does not crack.
Smooth and Stealthy Driver
Low noise and smooth operation make this tool my choice for 90% of the fasteners I use.
Wheeled Tool Tote
There’s a lot to like about Milwaukee’s new Hardtop Rolling Bag.
Period Bulbs and Fixtures
There’s something undeniably cool about vintage fixtures and their warm, glowing bulbs.
Tools & Materials
Project Gallery: Who’s Ready for a Sleepover?
Who needs a guest house when you have a bunk room.
When Sunshine Drives Moisture Into Walls
Energy Nerd: How inward solar vapor drive happens, and avoiding the problems it creates.
Musings of an Energy Nerd
Joining Rails and Fittings
How not to lose your shirt installing stair rails.
Video Extra: Fastening a Fitting to a Rail
This video walks you through the essential steps of the process of joining rails and fittings together
Keep Craft Alive: Peter Gedrys, Wood Finisher
“I can finish a handrail without using stains and polygoopathane ... and have it just dazzle you.”