Issue 297 – Feb/Mar 2021
Loose, tilted flights signal trouble underfoot, but even major problems can be fixed with screws, blocks and braces.
Ditch the Hose
Battery-powered cordless framing nailers are almost good enough to replace pneumatics—for some, they already have.
Successful Floors With Trusses
Quality at the plant is hit or miss, so a flat floor means tweaking trusses on the job.
Sidewall Shingles With a Flare
A slight curve adds charm, and also a bit of complexity, to the process of siding with cedar shingles.
The Fine Homebuilding Interview: Mike Litchfield
A founding editor of our magazine and a pioneering how-to journalist takes us back to where it all began.
High-Performance Raft Slab
This versatile frost-protected shallow foundation is adaptable for different wall systems and climates.
Celebrating 40 Years of Fine Homebuilding
FHB editorial director Brian Pontolilo introduces our 40th-anniversary issue of the magazine and reflects on how our industry and our magazine have changed and how they've stayed the same.
The Slow Evolution of Paint
As manufacturers tinker with chemistry to improve durability, ease of application, and hide, the distinction between water- and oil-based paints is blurred—for the better.
Readers' Letters: 9 Ways To Build Sawhorses
From simple, site-built work surfaces to carefully fabricated shop furniture, homemade sawhorses are popular with our audience of builders, remodelers, and homeowners.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #297 Online Highlights
Here are the digital extras from Fine Homebuilding’s February/March 2021, Issue #297: On page 8 of issue #297, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check…
FHB's 40th Anniversary Tips Video Contest
Record yourself demonstrating a favorite tip from the Fine Homebuilding archive for a chance to win a cordless compact router kit.
Timeless Tip: Tunneling Under Slabs
Use standard plumbing parts to quickly dig a narrow hole under a slab.
Temporary Door Control
Use this simple trick to hold doors closed during construction before installing locksets.
Scribing Made Simple
Use a washer and a pencil to scribe moldings quickly and easily without marring a finished surface.
A finish screw keeps shims in an organized, easily separated stack.
Deck-Board Cleaner and Homemade Scrapers
A cheap, used handsaw can be repurposed twice with these smart tips.
A ledger strip with a rabbet along one edge keeps sidewall shingles from falling before they're fastened.
Tips & Techniques
Protecting Foundations from Frost
Code expert Glenn Mathewson describes code-accepted alternatives to digging below the frost line.
Know the Code
Ideal for cabinetwork, these drill guides have a V-groove that centers the guide on 90-degree corners and curved edges.
Clever Dry Line
Lightweight, compact, and a cinch to position, this stringline may be an essential if precision is your goal.
Tough, Basic Work Pants
These Dickies pants have a useful sacrificial double knee and no unecessary bells and whistles.
Better Hammer Tacker
When that old slap stapler just isn't making the cut, this tacker is worth the additional cost in exchange for durability.
Tools & Gear
Celebrating Efficient Post-and-Beam Construction
An old barn is transformed into a high-performance home that highlights the structure's original framing.
High Design at Home in Nature
A net-zero home sited to connect to its rural setting earns LEED for Homes certification.
Retrofit of a Timber-Frame Farmhouse
A design/build team performs a small miracle on a dilapidated 1850s home.
HOUSES by Design
A custom New York mill and a German flooring company partners to offer sustainably harvested wood from Germany's Bavaria region, hand-finished using only ingredients found in nature.
Longer-Lasting Wood Posts
These plastic resin sleeves encase a buried portion of a post or pole to protect the wood from decay.
Modern Stainless Steel Doors and Windows
These sleek metal frames are corrosion resistant and support expansive panes of energy-efficient insulated glass.
Luxurious Lime Paint
This line of mineral-based paint refracts light to create a luminous glow with a rich matte texture.
Fast, Flexible Car Charger
With 9x faster speeds than its competitors, the ChargePoint Home Flex makes charging an electrical vehicle at home faster and more convenient.
Peel-and-Stick Drainable Housewrap
Benjamin Obdyke’s self-adhered HydroGap SA is easy to apply solo and sits tight over every surface and around every corner.
Building a Knowledge of Building
Print and online publications, internet discussion boards, and an extensive network of tradespeople are all sources of tips, tricks, and techniques of the trade.
Keep Craft Alive: Josh Salinger, Construction Business Owner
After scaling up and feeling disconnected from the process, a Portland, Oregon, builder refocuses his company with a commitment to building better homes and better relationships.