A jig and a few tricks to help you make shims of any length to straighten crooked framing
18 Videos, articles, and animations showing you how to get through Section 1 of the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. It is about the continuity between various components of the air barrier system and the thermal envelope.
Meet code requirements and simplify fastening of siding and trim to plywood or OSB
Use thick mudsills to span uneven expanses of an old foundation. Fill in with mortar after the sills are flat.
This small video collection covers the basics of installing a roof deck in a place where sideways rain and hurricanes are real. Flashing, taping the seams, and storm-proof shingle starter strips.
These simple, strong sawhorses incorporate many carpentry skills and structural lessons
Roof framing, window options, and a mechanical advantage add up to lower bills and a higher quality home
A rip of plywood, some blocks and a table saw will help you repurpose cruddy lumber from the bone pile into backing
A few minutes up front can save tons of time when you're in the air—and it can eliminate broken ribs, a broken back, or death
A strong adhesive that's easy to squeeze
Tape layers should overlap shingle-style up the roof
The nuances of measuring is what separates the kids from the carpenters
Decking the field and delegating responsibility
Dial-in your wall bracing requirements as required by your inspector—whichever version of the code you use
There is more to medieval life than swords
Outside insulation is an effective way to keep heat in. The devil is in the details, such as this one
A bit of history and science explains today’s corrosion issues
Brute strength will not win in a war with physics. Smart design predicts the resonance of a building and sidesteps the waves
Overlapping tapes with gravity in mind keeps water out of the house