Siding & Exterior Trim

Stucco: 7 Minutes of BS (Building Science)


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



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


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


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

Make a Handy Stucco Bucket Scoop


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

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


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!


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


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


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


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


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.