Issue 294 – Oct/Nov 2020
Tool Test: Folding Sawhorses
We put a stable of store-bought sawhorses through their paces to learn which ones work best on the job site.
A Better Way to Build Tall Walls
This method of balloon framing makes constructing gable walls both safe and efficient.
Marking Tools for Common Building Materials
Learn about the best options—pencils, markers, crayons, and more—for writing notes and measurements on a wide variety of construction materials.
Working With ZIP R-Sheathing
There's a lot to like about these insulating panels, and a lot to learn about building with them.
Trim Out a Curved Bay Window
Finish carpenter Joseph Laskey shows how to measure, cut, and fit a mix of straight and curved parts to complete this unique interior trim project.
Replacing a Basement Door
Mike Guertin demonstrates the steps for preparing, installing, and flashing long-lasting bulkhead doors.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #294 Online Highlights
Here are the digital extras from Fine Homebuilding’s November 2020, Issue #294: On page 8 of issue #294, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check…
Better Way to Tarp a Job Site
A trash can on top of a makeshift mast helps create a durable temporary roof when you need to keep rain out of a construction project.
Countersinking With a Spade Bit
A short piece of rod welded to a spade drill bit keeps the bit centered in the hole.
Move Panels Easily
Create an improvised panel cart with clamps and a dolly.
Free Precision Tools
Find high-quality tools from an unexpected source—your dentist.
Digging in Small Spaces
Remove dirt at a fast pace with this pipe-and-vacuum setup.
Cap Caulk Tubes
All you need is a disposable glove to close up a tube of sealant until the next time you need it.
Tips & Techniques
Maximize Insulation in Minimum Headers
Alternative code-approved header designs for better energy performance.
Know the Code
High-Quality, Reasonably Priced Testers
Klein's new line of testers helps you locate the right circuit breaker and verify the voltage of your outlets.
Clever Crosscut Adaptor
Breaking down sheet goods and trimming doors is easier with the GRS-16 Guide Rail Square.
Help with Heavy Doors
These metal skates with locking casters make moving and raising door slabs a breeze.
Tools & Gear
Retrofit for Energy Performance and Design Impact
When a simple siding repair revealed extensive moisture damage, these homeowners decided the time was right for a deep-energy retrofit.
Optimizing Occupant Comfort
Natural materials and ecologically sound building practices define this 1600-sq.-ft. timber-frame home.
Learning to Live in a Passive House
A commercial architect's self-built Passive House offers lessons for DIY high-performance design.
HOUSES by Design
Lighting With Industrial Pop
This warehouse-inspired collection of wall sconces strikes a nice balance between cost and impact.
Stylish Self-Stick Wallpaper
Mayflower Wallpaper's removable wall coverings are custom-tailored to perfectly match your space.
Hollow Reclaimed Pine
These reclaimed architectural beams offer an attractive way to hide framing, ductwork, wiring, and other mechanical systems.
In-Wood Rot Preventer
When the threat of water is high, use Bor-8 rods to attack rot fungus before it can cause damage.
Designing for Solar Panels
Incorporating photovoltaic panels into preconstruction planning can maximize energy efficiency and cost savings.
Keep Craft Alive: Catherine Autio, Master Carpenter
This carpenter proves that business ownership and project management are not the only career paths for skilled builders.