Issue 290 – April/May 2020
Installing Cedar Shakes
Use these modern methods and materials to create a timeless and durable wood roof.
Choosing the Right Concrete Mix
Learn how to choose the right mix for your small masonry projects from dozens of specialized bagged-concrete options.
Protect Your Outdoor Electrical Outlets
Get the information you need to select the right weatherproof boxes and covers for your exterior power receptacles.
Simple, Elegant Trim for a Shed
Although clean and unadorned, this revival of a Shaker exterior trim package is more complex than it appears.
Books Every Builder Should Own
This essential reading list by carpenter and historic-preservation expert Brent Hull covers history, how-to, design, and more.
Scribing Rails to a Round Column
Carpenter Maria Klemperer-Johnson shows how to make a router jig to create a smooth transition for this tricky porch-railing connection.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #290 Online Highlights
Here are the digital extras from Fine Homebuilding’s March 2020, Issue #290: On page 8 of issue #290, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check…
Use bamboo skewers and corrugated cardboard to make an improvised contour gauge for moldings of any size.
On-Board Bit Storage
Magnets keep driver bits on the tool so they're accessible when you need them.
Quiet Your Stairs
Get rid of squeaks with construction adhesive and closed-cell foam.
If the pilot bit is missing or broken, use screws to control the saw.
Keeping track of tools is made easier with fuel line and cable ties.
Tips & Techniques
The Complicated Path From Decking to Dirt
Code expert Glenn Mathewson takes a closer look at the evolving code provisions for deck boards, joists, beams, posts, and foundations.
Know the Code
Metabo's Multivolt Slider
This Japanese-made sliding miter saw performs exceptionally well for cutting trim and other general finish-carpentry tasks.
Top-Notch Metal Connector Nailer
MAX's SuperLocator metal-connection nailer uses the nail itself to find the holes in framing connectors.
Tools & Gear
Hidden in Plain Sight
Masking the garage in this historic-district-adjacent home meant creating a traditional entryway centered on the garage windows rather than the front door.
Protection from Solar Gain
This Pennsylvana farmhouse-style home uses sliding-shade screens to allow in daylight without too much heat.
HOUSES by Design
Streamlined Electronic Entry
The Baldwin Evolved series of keyless door handlesets replaces bulky number pads with a covert, high-tech touch-sensitive lock.
Adaptable Recessed Lighting
Nora Lighting's versatile Iolite line of recessed lights is a step above average can lights with a wide range of designer trim and color options.
Steel Garage Storage
Turn a messy garage into an organized and attractive workshop with NewAge Products' modular cabinets and slatwalls.
Nasoni's award-winning Fountain Faucet is an elegant way to avoid craning your neck for a sip of water.
Lifting material into the air requires enormous power from tools such as wall jacks, telehandlers, and giant cranes—but these machines come with limitations and safety restrictions.
Keep Craft Alive: Michael Burrey, Preservation-Carpentry Instructor
Educated in early colonial architecture and period-appropriate design, this instructor of preservation carpentry at the North Bennet Street School is teaching a new generation of craftspeople how to stabilize endangered buildings and recreate historical details.