Stair Layout with a Visual Construction Calculator Visual Construction Calculator Thumbnail for PTC.jpg

Use to visually calculate the rise, run, and materials for stairbuilding—or anything else, for that matter

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.

Design and Build A Patio Roof To Tie In To An Existing Roof

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Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #5. Two videos cover the design questions and construction process of a post and beam patio roof structure

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.


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


Airtight Walls—Housewrap and Sheathing as an Air Barrier

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

Airtight Dropped Soffit for Ducts, Fans, or Can Lights


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

Best Practices for Designing and Framing Engineered Wood Floor Systems


Tips on engineered wood layout, framing, cantilevers, blocking, web stiffeners, cutting, knockouts, duct runs, rim boards, and beams.

Air Sealing a Dropped Soffit: Why and How in Three Minutes


When air sealing a house, begin with the biggest holes and work toward the small ones

How to Drill a Curved Hole—Wait, What?


A flexible drill bit you can knock together in your shop


A blowtorch, flexible drive, sheet stock, and a spade bit make a mighty clever solution to running wire around corners in framed houses.


Japanese Carpenters Assemble a Beam with Incredibly Tight Joinery

Two Japanese carpenters demonstrate the mortise joinery used to assemble a built-up beam. The claim is that the joined beam is as strong as a solid one.


Which Nail Bags Are Best 4 U?


It depends on a lot, but here are some things to think about