Issue 301 – Aug/Sept 2021
All About Garage Doors
Buyers have a wide range of options for architectural style, material, and price.
Footing Retrofit in a Day
Using helical piers to add footings to an old house is faster, less disruptive, and comparable in cost to excavating and pouring concrete.
Must-Have Concrete Tools
Keep all of these tools on hand when working on any slab, foundation wall, patio, or other concrete project for better, faster results.
Framing an Open-Plan Saltbox
Structural stability can be a problem when the load-bearing partition is removed.
Energy-Smart by Design
Building orientation, passive-solar design, and a radiant-barrier roof are key to energy efficiency in a hot-humid climate.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #301 Online Highlights
Find online articles and videos on deck framing, durable roof assemblies, new insulation materials, and more.
Chopsticks work just as well as dowel scraps for filling stripped and oversized screw holes.
How to Stop a Drill Bit From Slipping on Tile
Get a diamond drill bit started on porcelain tile using plexiglass and a twist bit.
Face Shield and Hearing Protection
Zip ties secure earmuffs to a face shield for combination eye and ear protection you can make at home.
DIY Dump Truck
Use plywood resting on tennis balls to slide trash and other loads out of a truck bed.
Simple Way to Raise New Walls
Two builders framing a wall on the floor need to get a lift before placing it—a couple of blocks makes it easy to get the right handholds.
Tips & Techniques
Building Codes for Insulation and HVAC in Attics
Creating a durable and efficient conditioned attic space for mechanicals requires more than just air-sealing and adding insulation.
Know the Code
Smart, Tough Worklights
Three industrial worklights by Unilite offer varying levels of water, dust, and impact protection.
Attach this chamfering tool to a power drill and easily shave down the outer edges of a bolt, pipe, or rod.
Good dust collection and a comfortable weight and balance make this Festool random-orbital sander worth its hefty pricetag.
Book Review: Builder
In Mark Q. Kerson's book of interviews, a collection of 28 builders share valuable building and life experiences.
Tools & Gear
Modern Remodel in a Traditional Neighborhood
This bungalow renovation fulfilled the requirements of its historic district while incorporating a decidedly modern perspective.
Gazebo Grows Up
A freestanding, two-level gazebo addition complements the architecture and scale of this Cape Cod home.
Small Prefab With a Big Impact
This predesigned solution for an accessory dwelling unit has a contemporary and spacious interior that belies its small size.
HOUSES by Design
Refrigerators Can Look Good, Too
Bespoke refrigerators from Samsung cater to your design aesthetic with flexible colors and combinations.
Modular Modern Cladding System
Terracade ceramic tiles offer a host of benefits over traditional siding materials, including low maintenance, fire protection, and an integral rainscreen assembly.
Ready-Made Stainless Shower Pan
The Stainless Steel Shower Base from Infinity Drain removes the need for a rubber membrane to achieve a watertight shower floor.
Mess-Free Seal for Plumbing Penetrations
Innerlynx EPDM mechanical seals come in nearly any size and make it easy to waterproof where pipes pass through concrete foundations.
When Will We See the End of Soaring Lumber Prices?
Rising demand, mill closures, Covid, and a Canadian insect problem all help push prices upward.
Justin Fink, Carpenter
This former Fine Homebuilding editor shifted to a full-time career in building, focusing on the craft of preserving historic and pre-war homes.