Issue 296 – Dec 2020/Jan 2021
Simple Way to Make Old Walls Straight and Plumb
Use this fast, foolproof method to deal with problematic framing or depth differences when remodeling.
Making Sense of Minisplits
Find out if this type of energy-efficient electric heating and cooling system is right for your home.
7 Common Fireblocking Locations
Builder Mike Guertin outlines fire-safety code requirements and suggests acceptable fireblocking and draftstopping methods and materials.
The Indispensible Rafter Square
Modern versions of this compact framing-layout tool strive to improve on the iconic original.
Is There an Easier Approach to Air-Sealing?
Residential energy pro Ross MacPherson explains how to bring a house to code-required airtightness in just hours with AeroBarrier.
Secrets of Slate Roofing
It's hot, heavy, and hard work installing it, but few roofs look as good or last as long.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #296 Online Highlights
Here are the digital extras from Fine Homebuilding’s January 2021, Issue #296: On page 8 of issue #296, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check…
Quickly Clean Paint Rollers
This PVC pipe-and-hose assembly forces water through the nap to thoroughly clean a paint-covered roller.
Protect your fingers from sealant using this common household item.
Undercabinet Lighting Jig
A homemade T-square with a drilling guide centers a long drill bit in a cabinet bottom for running a puck-light wire.
Hole-Saw Plug Popper
Pop the wood plug out of the bit without resorting to a screwdriver.
An unexpected garden tool make it easier to lower subflooring.
Feed-Bag Debris Sack
An animal feed bag becomes a durable garbage collector on the job site.
Get a Handle on Your Buckets
PVC pipe and a piece of duct tape makes a better hand-hold for 5-gal. buckets of sand or rocks.
Clever Tools Cover
Aluminum diamond plate makes a partial truck-bed cover to protect tools and other items.
Makeshift Hex-Head Driver
A three-jaw chuck drives hex-head concrete screws in a pinch.
Downspouts With Class
A copper plug and cap creates a minimalist standoff and avoids eyesore brackets.
Tips & Techniques
Smart, Sturdy Worktable
The Dash-Board workbench has a large table, adjustable legs, and a sturdy housing, making it easier to work outside the shop.
High-Quality Work Lights
These two flood lights aren't cheap, but they have a strong battery life and impressive capabilities.
Legit Cordless Roofing Nailer
With as much strength as its air-powered cousins, the DeWalt cordless roofing nailer's only drawback is its battery life.
Tools & Gear
A tiny footprint and the use of emerging building strategies were just two of the hurdles when designing this net-zero home.
A Loft to Meet Code
Satisfying the local requirements for a sleeping loft proved a challenge for the owner of this accessory dwelling unit.
Building a Prototype For Net-Zero Neighborhoods
Green-building strategies and low-carbon materials define the design of this cluster of energy-efficient, solar-powered homes.
HOUSES by Design
These narrow concrete pavers use proprietary casting technologies to create a handmade look with impressive durability.
Self-Plunging Sink Drain
This flexible P-trap alternative allows you to clear blockages with a quick squeeze of the pipe.
Streamlined Ceramic Sink
This curvy sink-and-vanity combination offers a sleek and flexible design statement.
Scientifically Designed Tiles
The Sound Wave series uses frequencies of sound to create unique designs silkscreened onto the ceramic.
Why We Need Building Sensors
The rapidly evolving field of sensor technology allows us to monitor building performance and create healthier indoor environments.
Keep Craft Alive: Travis Brungardt, Builder
With a commitment to resilient, high-performance building, this business owner goes above and beyond to share his knowledge and connect with others in the trades.