Video // HVAC, Mechanicals

The Basics of Residential Electrical Systems

The first in a series of 'Basics' videos on residential electricity. This one is on receptacles.

Video // Framing

Stair Layout with a Visual Construction Calculator

Use SketchUp.com to visually calculate the rise, run, and materials for stairbuilding—or anything else, for that matter

Article // Editor's Notes

Construction Training Demos on the Main Stage at International Builders' Show

Learn the what, how, and why behind high performance building and remodeling with the editors, carpenters, and engineers behind ProTradeCraft  

Article // Editor's Notes

Essential Videos and Articles of 2016

A peek inside the heads of ProTradeCraft users: the top articles, videos, and animations of the year.  

Video, Details, Article // Framing

The Best Way to Frame: Less Wood, More Thought

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #1—The most popular page of 2016. Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.

Article // WRB, Flashing, Insulation, Air Sealing

How To Install House Wrap #TheRightWay

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #2. Stop rot with house wrap

Photos // Kitchens, Baths, Trimwork, Cabinetry

Custom White Oak Kitchen Worth Writing Home About

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #4. Furniture-grade cabinetry with simple joinery

Video // Framing, Decks, Porches

Design and Build A Patio Roof To Tie In To An Existing Roof

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #5. Two videos cover the design questions and construction process of a post and beam patio roof structure

Article // Drywall, Tile, Flooring

What Could Cause THOUSANDS of Drywall Screw Pops?

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #6. A perfect storm of missteps causes an unimaginable 'texture'—or did it?

Video Treats //

The Parthenon's Construction and Design as Revealed in the Rubble

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #7. Athena and Poseidon's temple of war, peace, and democracy  

Video // Caulk, Glue, Sealants, Kitchens, Baths

It Takes 10 Minutes to Waterproof a Shampoo Niche #TheRightWay

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #8. "This is the most important part to waterproof because this is the place where all the water will end up and it might leak if not done correctly." 

Article // Roofing, Siding, Exterior Trim, WRB, Flashing

When Drip Edge Becomes A Double Agent

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #9. The mission of water is to turn houses to mush. Some drip edge flashings may actually help water accomplish this mission.

Article // Siding, Exterior Trim

What’s Wrong with Vinyl Siding? It’s Not What You Think

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #10. Andres Duany defends the bad boy of exterior claddings, and urges the industry to up its game

Photos // Windows, Doors

Latino Locksets and Other Interesting Door Hardware

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #11. Sidewalk snapshots of South American door hardware