Video Treats // Woodworking

OldSchool Woodworker Chatting it up in his Shop

"Seventh-grade shop was probably the most fun I had in all my school days. That was kind of the beginning of my woodworking career. Here I am, decades later, still sort of in seventh-grade shop." —Edward Wohl

YouTube Video, Article // Framing, Decks, Porches

Non-Structural Codes for Deck Guards

The non-structural requirements are pretty simple for guard rails: if there's a fall hazard, make a guard, and keep it such that it will actually stop people from falling.  

Article // Tools

Head2Head Tool Test: Cordless Reciprocating Saws

Eight saws, an endless supply of new blades, and a few editors with nothing better to do than cut stuff

Video // Framing, Insulation, Air Sealing

Modified Larsen Truss Retrofit: I-Joists on a Roof

Framing a roof with I-joists over the existing roof makes a ton of room for insulation and offers a short lesson in vapor movement through assemblies

Photos // Tools, HVAC, Mechanicals

Trocas de Trabajo, Revisited: Work Bikes

Sometimes a cowboy is better off with a mule...  

Photos // Trimwork, Cabinetry

Start to Finish Stair Trim-Out Project

From sizing up the job to setting the newel posts on a stain-grade set of winders

Video // Framing, Drywall, Tile, Flooring

How to Remove a (really) Difficult Subfloor

Long wedges cut from 2x4s are extremely effective for removing difficult flooring. Oh yeah, and don't forget the sledgehammer.  

Video // Framing

A Modified Larsen Truss Using I-Joists on a Passive House Retrofit

Screwing I-joists to the outside of a wall—really—makes a lot more room for insulation on a deep energy retrofit in NW Connecticut  

YouTube Video // Siding, Exterior Trim

Shou-sugi-ban Wood Treatment: Burning the surface

Using fire to make wood beautiful and durable 

Article // WRB, Flashing, HVAC, Mechanicals, Insulation, Air Sealing

Moisture Management Design Rule 2: Manage Condensation

Condensation is when moisture in the air hits a cool enough surface to convert the vapor into water.

Video // Sitework

The Model Remodel Show Pilot Episode (Sneak Peek)

When you're in a hole, start digging  

YouTube Video // Roofing, Insulation, Air Sealing

How Ice Dams Form, and How To Stop Them

Four ways to prevent ice dams in three types of roof, for two climates in one video. Boom.  

Photos // Decks, Porches

Courtyards in Latin America

Your own private Idaho—or Argentina—inside the house

BS Podcast // HVAC, Mechanicals

Mechanical Ventilation: 7 Minutes of BS

As houses are built tighter, they exchange less air between inside and outside. This saves energy, but the inside air can get stale if you don't have a fan and a plan