Issue 270 – Oct/Nov 2017
10 Golden Rules of Framing
Bits of framing advice the Fine Homebuilding editors all wish they'd known the first (and last) time they strapped on their tool bags.
Respirators Demystified: Picking the Right Protection
Breathing difficulties — When choosing a respirator, straight answers are surprisingly hard to find.
What you don’t know about choosing a respirator can kill you.
Making Passive House Mainstream
Chris Corson says someone has to elevate American housing, and he’s ready for the job.
Build a Custom Rollout Cabinet
Pushed beneath the counter, it’s a cabinet with an adjustable shelf. Pulled out, it’s an extra work surface with a butcher-block top.
Metalwork for Builders
Bring the endless possibilities of custom architectural steel to your projects with readily available stock and some basic tools.
Welding 101: Fabricating a Steel Handrail
This basic welding project is an excellent introduction to architectural metalwork.
Men of Steel
Matt Risinger, Bob Howell, Luke Thomas Gaffney, and Josh Turner design and fabricate architectural metalwork at Risinger & Co., a custom home-building outfit in Austin.
Use Interior Windows to Lighten a Dark Room
Adding a window to an interior wall is a beautiful way to extend sightlines and brighten up a space that has no exterior windows.
Make a Divided-Light Farmhouse-Style Interior Window
Use these measured shop drawings to build your own single-pane sash, complete with jambs and casing.
A Closer Look at Interior Windows: Photos by Brian Vanden Brink and Susan Teare
Simple to install, and with an undeniable impact on an existing floor plan, there’s a lot to like about interior windows.
A Bungalow Grows Up
A second-story addition provides homeowners with the space they need in the home they love.
Modern Window Stools
For a clean look, skip the casing and install a low-profile stool.
Built for Comfort: Envelope and Mechanical Decisions
Although keeping costs low informs decisions about the envelope and mechanical systems, homeowner comfort gets the final say.
Triple-Pane Windows Balance Performance and Cost
These windows are warmer to sit next to in winter, and they eliminate condensation on the interior surface.
Comfort Dictates Heating and Cooling
Because the FHB House is a spec house, the builder is especially concerned about homeowner comfort.
Because an ERV transfers moisture as well as heat, it will reduce the humidity of incoming air during the air-conditioning season.
Capable Compact Drivers
Tool review: Makita Sub-Compact Cordless Impact Driver (XDT15ZB) and Makita Sub-Compact Cordless Drill (XFD11ZB).
Bulletproof Baseboard Radiation
Made from extruded aluminum with a white powder-coated finish, the radiator covers are well made and expensive.
Bargain Flush-Cutting Saw
This 12-in. Japanese-style flush-cutting saw may be just right for your finish-carpentry work.
Get a Grip on Safety Glasses
If your hard hat knocks them off, here's a way to keep your glasses on.
Cord-Free Trim Router
Ridgid’s new cordless trim router has all the same features and as much power as the corded model.
Tools & Materials
Project Gallery: Four Fabulous Floors
Beauty underfoot: custom concrete, whimsical paint, rug-patterned wood, and rug-like tile make for unusual, amazing floor options.
Is Your Exterior Rigid Foam Too Thin?
Adding a layer of rigid-foam insulation on the outside of a home makes sense, as long as it's done correctly.
Musings of an Energy Nerd
Porch Posts and Beams
The right spacing, span, proportions, and dimensions are the keys to a good looking front porch.
Routing Hinge Mortises
Use this technique when you end up hanging a new door in an existing frame and have to match the door’s hinge locations to the frame’s.
Shop-Made Hinge-Mortising Jig
Put away your chisels and screw together a jig from scrap wood to rout the cleanest mortises ever.
Keep Craft Alive: Luke Thomas Gaffney, Welding Foreman
“Everybody I went to school with is behind a desk somewhere, and they think I’m the crazy one.”