Video // Concrete and Masonry, Decks and Porches

How to Anchor a Steel Handrail to Concrete Steps

Drill, Drive, DONE—Finally a concrete anchor that works

Video // Roofing

Elements of a Fall Arrest System

One in three fatalities on jobsites is due to falls  

Video // WRB and Flashing, Windows, Doors, Skylights

Head Flashing for Windows

This critical element is often omitted from window installation  

Photos // Tools

New Clothing Options for Tomorrow's Jobsites?

Work wear worthy of combat and cool clothing—just in time for climate change!  

Details // Concrete and Masonry, Roofing, WRB and Flashing

Step Flashing 2 Brick: Its Complicated

Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...  

Photos // Concrete and Masonry

Disruption is the Mother of Innovation: Trowel Breaks New Ground

The iconic brick layer’s trowel had found a new use. 

Video // Trimwork and Cabinetry

Stair Jig for Treads and Risers

The key to fine carpentry: smart shortcuts

Video // Framing

Best Practices for Designing and Framing Engineered Wood Floor Systems

Tips on engineered wood layout, framing, cantilevers, blocking, web stiffeners, cutting, knockouts, duct runs, rim boards, and beams.

Photos // Tools

Power Tools and Some Extra Bits from the National Hardware Show

A better multi-tool, superior sandpaper, and some tidbits you may not have seen yet ...

Video // Decks and Porches

Add A Flawless Border to A Deck

How to keep the cuts consistent in less time  

Video // Framing, Insulation and Air Sealing

Air Sealing a Dropped Soffit: Why and How in Three Minutes

When air sealing a house, begin with the biggest holes and work toward the small ones

SD Podcast // Editor Notes

How to Get A Big Pfat Raise

When it comes to boosting your bottom line, little raises will make little difference. Instead, aim high.  

Video // Concrete and Masonry, Insulation and Air Sealing

Infill Foundation for a Four-Story Passive House

"In order to maximize the buildable area on the infill lot, we had to go fairly deep and do some extensive shoring." —Dan Whitmore of Hammer & Hand 

Article // Framing

Advanced Framing Do's and Don't Bothers

A carpenter's take on less wood in walls