YouTube // Framing

4 Ways to Sharpen a Carpenter's Pencil

Sharp lines = accurate work

Podcasts // HVAC & Mechanicals

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ): 7 Minutes of BS

Three-pronged solution to indoor pollution: Isolate, eliminate, and ventilate

YouTube // Decks & Porches, Woodworking

Cutting Perfect Decorative Ends to Pergola Joists

Make a pattern using elliptical sticks, and then use a router with flush-cut bit to replicate onto the big stock  

Video Treats // Framing

Plywood Production: Old School and Hi Tech

Old school and new tools on display in a two-video mashup  

Photos // Framing

Sorry, No Codes (Construction Haiku)

A simple stairway Answers the question of why. Why regulations?

Video // Demolition, Concrete & Masonry, Framing

Gut Rehab and Addition Double the Size of A Minneapolis Foursquare

This first video in the series focuses on the existing conditions and the demolition sequence. Following videos look at the foundation, framing, exterior shell, and exterior finishes.

Article // Framing

Advanced Framing Do's and Don't Bothers from an Architect

Just because you draw it doesn't mean they'll build it that way. Know what makes sense, what the framer can execute, and forget about designing in two-foot modules

Photos // Decks & Porches

El Aguila: A Love of Remodeling Turned A House Into A Hotel

As family size contracts, big houses become small hotels

Article // Siding & Exterior Trim, Trimwork & Cabinetry

Crown Molding Q&A: Matching Crown Molding Profiles Up the Rake

When the humps don't match the bumps, you need a second molding profile—or you can eliminate the plumb cut  

YouTube // Safety

Electrical Safety: Ladders, Dew, and Power Lines

This true story is taken from a NIOSH FACE Report, which identifies factors that contribute to fatal injuries and gives comprehensive recommendations for preventing similar deaths.  

Video // Tools, Insulation & Air Sealing

Bahco Insulation Knife and Saw: "Works Really, Really, Really Well"

For cutting rockwool insulation, retire your old bread knife and pick up a pair of these

Video Treats // Demolition

The Model: Remodel Show — A Quick Take Down

  This time on the Model remodel Show, Ben and the crew aim to take back some of the calendar that winter stole with a late March snow storm.