Video // Kitchens and Baths, Trimwork and Cabinetry

Shop-Made Kitchen Cabinet Boxes

Kitchen cabinet carcasses are just four-sided cubes made with plywood and simple joinery. Repetition is the name of this game.

Video // Trimwork and Cabinetry

Scalable Tuscan Order Dimensions With A SketchUp 'Calculator'

Put away the abacus, Hoss—here's a Visual Construction Calculator for your proportional processing ponderances  

Video // Roofing, Siding & Exterior Trim, WRB and Flashing

Roof to Wall Stucco Flashing Repair

I get this question all the time: "Stucco all the way down to the roofing: right or wrong?" Answer: WRONG. and here's why...  

Details // Framing, Siding & Exterior Trim, WRB and Flashing, Insulation and Air Sealing

Airtight Walls—Housewrap and Sheathing as an Air Barrier

A tight air barrier is the best way to build an energy-efficient house. Outside the sheathing are many chances to make it better.

Photos // Concrete and Masonry

Not Everything Should be Built for the Ages

Good amortization doesn't always involve using a building forever—sometimes, it means recapturing the space when the building corrodes  

Video // Decks and Porches, Woodworking

Synthetic Decking for 'Fine' Exterior Woodworking Projects? Yes.

Composite decking machines smoothly, joins well, and resists weather with the best of 'em.  

Article // Kitchens and Baths, Drywall, Tile, Flooring

Shower WaterProofing Advanced Topics

7 less common (but potentially problematic) shower waterproofing situations  

Article // Concrete and Masonry

How a Concrete Slab Transforms from Mud to Stone

Just because they call it mud doesn’t mean it behaves like dirt and water

Video // Framing, Woodworking

Robotic Carpenters: 6 Carpentry Tasks Robots Can Do Right Now

It is time to think about the fact that many carpentry jobs may be automated—soon  

Article // Tools

BOSCH Self-Leveling Cross Line Laser

If you can only fit one laser level in your bucket, this one is a good choice  

Details // Framing, HVAC & Mechanicals, Insulation and Air Sealing

Airtight Dropped Soffit for Ducts, Fans, or Can Lights

Keep mechanical equipment within the envelope to improve the quality of houses and homes

Photos // Tools

Ecuadoran Tool Box—er, Cylander

...besides five-gallon buckets and plastic grocery bags, using some sort of sewer pipe seems to be the most common.

Video // Trimwork and Cabinetry, Woodworking

A 'Good-Enough' Way to Build Drawer Boxes

One way to build drawer boxes fast, efficient, and repeatable  

Video // Kitchens and Baths, Drywall, Tile, Flooring

5 Step Waterproofing System: Best Practices for Tile Showers

All complex assemblies involving multiple trades demand the critical, and constant, focus of supervisors. Where one trade ends and another begins must show continuity. If you do not build redundancy into the system, you are building in risk.