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Article // HVAC, Mechanicals, Drywall, Tile, Flooring

The Engineering, Building Science, and Code Implications of Marijuana Grow Rooms

Like kitchen & bath remodels, it involves plumbing, ventilation, electrical upgrades, waterproofing, and building inspectors  

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Article // Tools

Makita SP6000J Track Saw: #WorthIT

A great saw—in spite of a couple of flaws—that will make fast work out of long miters. Even compound miters.  

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Article // Tools

Pneumatic Vs Cordless Nailers: What’s the Best Choice?

Cordless nailers are twice as heavy, twice as expensive, and twice as slow as pneumatics. They can also save you 30 minutes per day.

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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.  

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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

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.

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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  

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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.  

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Video, 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.

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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

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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?

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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

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Article // Tools

19 Tool Gifts over $250

It is time to stop messing around. Get out there and get gift-buying!