Photos // Concrete, Masonry, Roofing, Decks, Porches

Postcard from Paradise: Living on Sun, Rain, and Lobster in St Croix

A Mashup of traditional architecture, modern technology, and good old gravity  

Video // Decks, Porches

Sketchup for Beginners: How to Build A Pergola

Seven-part sketchup tutorial with 17 videos covering ground zero (gravel) to final finish. Design on 'paper'—before making sawdust.  

Article // Tools

Holiday Gift Guide for Tool Hounds: 20 Tools Under $50

The holiday shopping season is right around the corner and we have our top picks for the Best Tool Gifts for 2016!

BS Podcast // Concrete, Masonry

Efflorescence: 7 Minutes of BS (#BuildingScience with a BEAT)

A snowball effect of physics vs. physical structures: water carries salt to the surface of masonry, which crystallizes and can blow apart its masonry host.

Video // Framing

Applied Geometry: High School Students Construct a House

You get paid for what you do and what you know. Turns out, the more you know, the more you can do.  

Video // Tools

Hand vs. Tablesaw: The Sausage Edition

4 Videos of extreme tool tests and one test that is a little tamer. Kenny Kohler, of ProToolReviews, puts his hand in harm's way — #LookMaNoHotDog!

Video // Trimwork, Cabinetry

Sweet Tip for Removing Buried Baseboard

Additional layers of flooring can bury baseboards making them look squat (bad) and difficult to remove (worse).

Photos // Windows, Doors

Las Puertas del Puerto (Rico)

Doors are like eyes, or maybe mouths. They tell you a lot about who's inside. Would you want to walk in and get to know them?   

Article // Editor's Notes

A Thankful Note from the Editor

I am thankful for copy editors because they make me sound smart

Jobsite Handbook // Roofing, WRB, Flashing

Roof Flashing Guide

Edge metal, valley flashing, dormer, chimney, and kickout flashing shed water away from the connections between roofs, walls, chimneys, and other building assemblies

Video // Windows, Doors

#OldSchool Nail Puller Gets Tough Nails Out

The go-to tool for extracting hard-to-remove nails, and when minimal damage is important.

Video // Framing

Soft-Story Seismic Retrofit in Berkeley, Calif

Tie the walls to the foundation, the floor to the walls, and add shear strength for lateral support  

Article // Insulation, Air Sealing, Editor's Notes

Live Demos in Boston at ABX

Hands-on training with local pros at the largest construction event in the Northeast