Issue 276 – July 2018
How to Wire an Instagram-Worthy Electrical Subpanel
When installing a panel, neatness counts, both for impressing clients and for future service.
Siding to Last a Lifetime
Builder John Constantini outlines rainscreen details that improve the durability of any lap-siding installation.
Good-Looking, Long-Lasting Lap Siding
Flawless installation and clever details mean this rainscreen wall assembly will weather the biggest storms.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #276 Online Highlights
Digital exclusives: video, construction business tips, podcasts, and architectural photos.
All You Need Is a Track Saw
Learn how to break down plywood and other sheet goods efficiently and accurately without a tablesaw.
How to Break Down Plywood With a Track Saw
Follow this step-by-step sequence for cutting sheet goods to accurate sizes, all without a tablesaw.
Vent Flashing Done Right
Back up roof vent boots with flashing, counterflashing, and proper shingling to prevent leaks.
A Guide to Better Boot Flashings
Use a better plumbing vent pipe boot flashing to last the lifetime of a new roof.
Back Up Your Vent Pipe Flashing
Use flashing tape and additional underlayment to backstop your flashing boot.
Small Home in Eastern Oregon Suits Its Site
This compact, panelized home takes its design inspiration from the vast Western landscape and local building traditions.
How to Make a Small House Work
With a 960-sq.-ft. footprint, this building’s tall ceilings, interlinked spaces, and long vistas across rooms and the outdoors make this compact home feel expansive.
How to Budget Home Construction on Target, Every Time
Bucking industry norms, these builders stay on budget with up-front, fixed pricing on every new home and remodel.
Better Bidding for Residential Construction and Remodeling
Why “cost-plus” builders should consider getting to a firm price faster.
How to Install a Tankless Water Heater
Pluses include endless hot water and a compact design, but the installation means a lot of pipes in a small space.
Floating Shelves Made Strong and Simple
These grain-matched, mitered floating shelves slide onto a cleat for easy installation and a clean, modern look.
Tools & Materials
More Horses for Colt Routers
There’s a new Bosch Colt on the market, and its variable-speed, soft-start motor has been beefed up.
DeWalt’s 60v Saw Is Not Quite Ready for Production Framing
A very nice piece of gear that would serve many carpenters well. But not in a production-framing environment.
I’m always just a quick spin away from having a sharp point.
Killer Construction App
Builder’s Helper has all the features I need and at $15, it’s less expensive than a construction calculator.
Covercraft’s Carhartt Custom Duck Weave Seat Covers Offer Fair Price, Stout Protection
Protect your car from job-site grime with these bib overalls for your truck.
DeWalt Self-Leveling Rotary Level Features an Easily Seen Laser
Easy being green: The DW079LG is rated with an indoor-visibility range of 250 ft. and a detector range of 2000 ft.
Project Gallery: Special Spaces
A third-floor sauna, a curved eyebrow dormer home office, and a jungle gym above a garage.
Musings of an Energy Nerd
New Homes: 9 Things You Don’t Need, and 5 You Do
As construction materials and building-science principles evolve, the details we include in our new homes have to too.
Building Skills: Tips for better driving and for a finished look.
Building Skills Video: Tips for Hand-Nailing
A carpenter shows tricks of the trade to keep hand-driven nails from bending and wood from splitting.
Keep Craft Alive
Keep Craft Alive: Jon Day, Restoration Carpenter
"I take jobs that a normal contractor looks at and says, ‘Oh, gee … I’m not sure.’ "