Issue 272 – Dec 2017/Jan 2018
Dense-Pack Cellulose Insulation Done Right
How to tell the difference between a good cellulose insulation job and a bad one.
Dense-Pack Cellulose Coverage Chart
Find the expected yield for any framing cavity you’re likely to encounter.
Prefab Paneled Wainscot
On-site measurements and off-site production yield a traditional look at a more affordable price.
Snap-Lock Standing-Seam Metal Roof Installation
Factory-made panels and flashing go together without specialty tools or subcontractors.
Frame a Gable Wall
This fundamental approach hinges on an accurate layout that keeps the math to a minimum.
What About Steel in Home Construction?
Despite some advantages over wood, light-gauge steel framing hasn’t made the leap to residential building, and the reasons why may surprise you.
A Remarkable Home Remodel
Turning a quirky rustic lodge into a comfortable modern home is a problem-solving proposition.
Updating the Lodge
A first-rate team of builder, architect, and landscape designer remodel an oddly built stone cabin.
Better Board-and-Batten Siding
Modern materials breathe new life into a siding that can be both rustic and refined.
Takeaways After Trying Out a New Siding and Trim Material
A remodeler’s thoughts on working with TruExterior fly-ash siding and trim.
Connecting PEX Plumbing
A close look at the ever-expanding options for joining PEX plumbing.
Connect PEX With ASTM F1960 Expansion Fittings and ProPEX Rings
Mastered in a Minute: For a connection that gets stronger over time, ProPEX expansion fittings are hard to beat.
Connect PEX With ASTM F2080 Expansion Fittings and Compression Sleeves
Mastered in a Minute: With brass fittings and compression sleeves, F2080 is the Rolls-Royce of PEX fitting systems.
Connect PEX With Crimp Fittings and Crimp Rings
Mastered in a Minute: There’s more than one way to connect crimp fittings, but this is the original.
Connect PEX With Crimp Fittings and Stainless-Steel Clamps
Mastered in a Minute: Stainless-steel clamps are an approved method for joining crimp fittings to PEX tubing.
Connect PEX With Push Fittings
Mastered in a Minute: For a quick repair or retrofit, push fittings are a go-to for handymen.
Connect PEX With Viega PEX Press Fittings
Mastered in a Minute: Viega has developed one of the fastest and easiest methods for joining PEX.
Affordable Net-Zero Housing: Designed for the Budget
The 2017 FHB House meets it's energy-efficiency goals by targeting public areas with higher-quality finishes, and using builder-grade materials in other places.
Designed for First-Floor Living
The owners can take care of all their needs without using the stairs.
Home Buyers Love Splurges in the Kitchen
It makes sense to treat the kitchen—especially the cabinets and countertops—with higher-quality finishes than other areas in the house.
Tool Review: The DeWalt DCS7485 features a rock-solid rack-and-pinion fence and tubular frame.
Faster Truss Tie-Downs
FastenMaster’s FrameFast system features a ½-in. Milwaukee drill motor with an attached extension tube and a driver head that holds the fastener.
Good-Looking Composite Siding
Material Review: Icon composite siding from CertainTeed has the look of 7-in. cedar clapboards with excellent moisture resistance and installation.
Tools & Materials
Project Gallery: Captivating Cupolas
From whimsy to lighting to ventilation, cupolas can serve a range of purposes.
Reconsidering R-value Recommendations
Does the dropping cost of solar PV systems mean that it's more economical to just install more PV panels and skimp on insulation?
Musings of an Energy Nerd
To Create a Clean Roofline, Design from the Roof Down
Design/Build: As the McMansion dwindles in popularity, simpler rooflines are back in fashion.
Replacing an Asphalt Shingle
The job isn’t hard, but it’s not exactly straightforward, either.
Video: Replace an Asphalt Roof Shingle
There may be more nails than you expect.
Keep Craft Alive: Paul Johnson, Remodeler
“When a client says, 'this is beautiful,' that isn't just luck."