Issue 288 – Dec 2019/Jan 2020
Deciding on Wood Fillers
Learn how to choose the right filler, putty, epoxy, or spackle products for repairing everything from common nail holes to major rot.
Fitting New Windows in a Crooked Old House
"Dudley boxes" are robust window bucks that ease window installation, flashing, and integration with insulation in walls sheathed with exterior rigid foam.
Site-Built Steel-Stringer Stairs
A carpenter's approach to simple, modern metal stairs.
Build a Modular Modern Woodshed
Designed to be erected in a day, this shed for storing firewood uses readily available materials and basic tools.
The world’s first Living Building Challenge–certified home is a study in integrated, sustainable design
Fine Homebuilding Issue #288 Online Highlights
Here are the digital extras from Fine Homebuilding’s January 2020, Issue #288: On page 8 of issue #288, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check…
Top 10 Water-Heater Code Violations
Installing a tank water heater might seem easy, but some of these common mistakes could be life-threatening.
Know the Code
Clever Siding Deconstruction
A hole saw and some homemade plugs make saving and reusing old wood siding a simple job.
Add Leverage to a Small Hammer
A PVC-pipe sleeve add length to a handle to make nail pulling easier.
Better Fit for Baseboard
A drywall screw acts as an adjustable shim for making tight inside corners on trim.
De-dusting Holes in Concrete
Electrical-wire sheathing makes a great extension for fitting into tight places with your compressor's air nozzle.
Tips & Techniques
Hose-free Finish Nailers
Metabo HPT's cordless trim nail guns are reliable and comfortable to use, plus they're available in versatile 23-ga., 18-ga., and 15-ga. sizes.
Supercapacity Sliding Miter Saw
The Skilsaw SPT88-01 12-in. worm-drive miter saw is powerful and has class-leading crosscut capacity.
Better T-bevel Angle Gauge
The Shinwa No. 780 Sliding Bevel Gauge has several smart features that make it more durable and more convenient to use than typical angle-measuring tools.
Backing-Paper Knife for Self-Adhesive Tape
The Olfa TS1 Top Sheet Cutter allows you to custom cut release paper to make flashing tape much easier to install.
Upgraded SawStop Job-site Tablesaw
Improvements to The Jobsite Saw Pro's fence, table, and dust-collection system make it a stronger competitor in the portable saw market.
The programmable Tapplock 1+ electronic padlock opens with the touch of a finger or a smartphone app.
Painless Drywall Mud Mixing
The Mud n' More MixBall simplifies the tedious task of mixing small batches of joint compound or plaster.
Understated Modern Pendant
The Ginger pendant by Marset is a practical hanging lamp with a sleek profile that would look great in any contemporary home.
Stylish But Stealthy Range Hood
Clean lines and retractable controls help the Elica Arezzo range hood strike a balance between standing out and blending in.
Drywall with Some Eco-cred
USG EcoSmart wall panels have similar properties to standard wallboard but are more environmentally friendly.
Jamestown Distributors' modified linseed-oil polyurethane varnish claims you can apply 5 coats in one day with no sanding between coats.
The relatively high price of Glavel—an insulating foam-glass foundation base material—is offset by the lack of a need for rigid foam sub-slab insulation.
How to Paint a Custom Steel Staircase On-Site
Learn how carpenter Josh Edmonds used a site-made spray booth to prep and paint the stair frame featured in the article "Site-Built Steel-Stringer Stairs."
Tools & Gear
Right Windows for the Perfect Wall
A cost-effective, alternative installation for a house with exterior insulation.
Concrete Construction Uncovered
A discovery during demolition changed the original plan to use conventional wood framing for this whole-house renovation.
With low-slung roofs and strong horizontal lines, this new build embodies the renowned midcentury-modern style.
HOUSES by Design
Working With Wood Gutters
Builder Scott McBride recounts his time cleaning and rebuilding wood gutters, including the advantages to wood gutters and the key to wood-gutter longevity.
Keep Craft Alive: Caleb Johnson, Architect and Builder
Putting people first plays a big part in this business owner's ability to continually produce homes of the highest level of craftsmanship.