Siding & Exterior Trim

Stucco: 7 Minutes of BS (Building Science)

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Stucco is supposed to keep water out, but it is a reservoir cladding, so it also keeps water in. Sort of. 

Through-Wall Location Tip for Vent Caps, Light Boxes and Outlets

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Piano wire drill bit can help you cut holes in the wall right where you want them

 

When installing exhaust fan hoods, choose where to put the hole carefully. Use a drill and a piece of wire to create a reference point for determining the best location for the hole.

 

Stone Masonry Master Craftsmen in Sydney, Australia

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Stone masonry is the art of preparing a rock to take its seat within a portion of a structure with perfect composure

 

Model Remodel Show: Dry Space Under the Deck

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Two water-tight decking products cover a front porch and a back deck

Make a Handy Stucco Bucket Scoop

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An easy to make scoop that cleans the bucket as you empty it.

Weather Proof A Garage Door Opening (4/5): Deep Door Trim

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Thickening the edge with a quarter-inch strip brings the trim back to the door jamb while spanning the rain screen WRB

How Small a Hole Can A Mouse Squeeze Through? A Shrew World Record!

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Matthias Wandel has a pretty extensive history devising ways to trap mice. The winters are long in Canada, and Matthias seems to have no shortage of mice in his shop.

Weather Proof A Garage Door Opening (2/5) Base Flashing

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Flashing under an exterior door and along the bottom of a basement wall that used to have an overhead door

 

How To Fix Someone Else's Caulking Repair in Stucco

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A fast and inexpensive way to patch stucco walls. Put this in your bag of tricks.

Cutting Just a Smidge from Construction Stock: Deflect the Saw Blade

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Sometimes a blade thickness is waaay more than you need to cut off. If you need to take 1/32 off the end of a board, here's how to do it quickly.

Historic Mortar: 7 Minutes of BS

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In short, mortar is a mixture of some or all of the following materials: Portland cement, sand, lime clay, and more modern additives.

Exterior Foam Insulation Retrofit: How To Install Polyiso Panels

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The first layer of foam is mostly an insulation layer; the outer layer is the air barrier and drainage plane. This video is about the first layer.