Issue 298 – April/May 2021
Building Brick Arches
A seasoned mason's guide to laying out and laying up a classic feature of Roman architecture.
The Fine Homebuilding Interview: Matt Risinger
This Austin builder is using his growing network to teach builders and clients to demand better.
Successful Vapor Control
Vapor drive isn't as obvious as air or water leaks, but the potential for mold and rot is just as real.
Bold Moves Make the Space
How completely rethinking the floor plan helped resolve a cold, cramped master bathroom.
Built-ins for Odd Spaces
A simple, foolproof method for off-angle cabinets.
Rock-Solid Guard-Post Connections
Tested and approved installation details to help you build safer deck railings.
Butt Boards for Smooth Ceilings
These butt boards are easy to make on the tablesaw and create a recessed drywall-panel joint that's less visible and easier to finish.
Help Installing Gutters
A plastic wedge holds the drip edge off the fascia without scratching it.
Five-gallon buckets keep first-aid kits and fire extinguishers easy to identify and access on the job site.
This wedge-shaped platform safely balances a ladder on sloped ground.
Pulling Nails From Redwood
Use pieces of scrapwood to free nails without bending the nails or splitting the wood.
Tips & Techniques
Problem-Solving Through Stair Landings
International Residential Code requirements for intermediate and odd-shaped stair landings.
Know the Code
Put Deck Boards in Their Place
Unlike some other board benders, this deck-board straightener locks in place, freeing both of your hands for fastening.
Brush With Greatness
Cutting in with this trim brush results in laser-straight edges in a quarter of the time.
Carhartt's washable kneepads fit right inside the company's popular double-front carpenter's pants, offering a decent level of daily protection with very low maintenance.
Tools & Gear
Historic House, Contemporary Floor Plan
Major changes were made in this whole-house remodel to create a modest and period-appropriate look.
Site restrictions and environmental concerns required a "bend" at the center of the house, which keeps the scale in check.
HOUSES by Design
Smart Lock in a Small Package
With its technology hidden in the internal deadbolt, this smart lock mimics the look of a traditional door hardware.
High-Quality Deck Lighting
One often-overlooked piece of a deck project is lighting—specifically, low-voltage LED lighting that will stand the test of time.
Shockproof USB Outlet
This new collection of receptacles offers ground-fault protection in wet locations and built-in USB charging ports in a variety of finishes.
Make Deck Framing Last
This acrylic flashing tape is the best defense against water intrusion and rotting joists and ledgers.
Easy Hidden Fasteners
Plastic collating strips save time and make it easier to match fastener patterns to decking.
Rethinking the Deck
After spending countless days in our homes, we've begun to view decks as a more versatile "room" of the house, with many design considerations.
Brad Stoppenhagen, Remodeler
After years of being discouraged from the trades, this craftsman finally left the corporate world to pursue a career in building.