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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, 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.

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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!

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Article // Tools

20 Tool Gifts Between $50 and $250

Top picks for tool hounds and the people who buy presents for us. Ahem.

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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!

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Article // Editor's Notes

A Thankful Note from the Editor

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

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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

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

Shower WaterProofing Advanced Topics

7 less common (but potentially problematic) shower waterproofing situations  

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Article // Concrete, 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

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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  

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Article // Trimwork, Cabinetry

3 Rules For Designing Crown Molding

Look at walls like they're Classical columns to find the right proportions and shapes

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Article // Kitchens, Baths

Weak Links in the Shower: 4 Shortcomings in Waterproofing Logic

Curbs, corners, and drains are the culprits of most shower leaks. If you do not build redundancy into the system, you are building risk into it  

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Article // Framing

Advanced Framing Do's and Don't Bothers

A carpenter's take on less wood in walls