Article // Safety

Basic Safety Precautions When Using an Aerial Lift

Aerial lifts are a real time-saver on jobsites; with a few basic safety precautions, they can continue to be  

Video // Roofing, WRB & Flashing, HVAC & Mechanicals

The Right Tin Snip for the Job

Left-, right-, and straight-cutting snips with single- and compound-leverage each have their place on a jobsite

Article // Concrete & Masonry, Kitchens & Baths

A Carpenter's First Time Building Concrete Countertops

Guts, grout, and happy accidents make concrete countertops that look like stone—at least to non-geologists

YouTube // Framing, Trimwork & Cabinetry

Yet Another Video About Sturdy Saw Horses

Four straight 2x6s, a lot of glue, a mortiser, planer, sharp chisels, band saw, forstner bits, a block plane, oscillating spindle sander, and a rubber mallet are all you need

Video // Tools

PRO Picks: OLFA Utility Knife Blades

Faster swap-outs, longer reach, and serrated blades for cutting fibrous materials (like insulation)

Article // Business

Mentalizing in Metric

Sometimes its best to close your eyes and jump in

Jobsite Handbook // Kitchens & Baths

Universal Design Handbook

Making a house easy to live in regardless of your age or ability seems like a good idea, but it is rarely done.

Video // HVAC & Mechanicals, Insulation & Air Sealing

Think About Batts When Running Electrical Cable

Your electrician can make the insulation work better and easier to install  

YouTube // Windows & Doors

Cutting Slots in Old Windows for New Weatherstripping

When window replacement is not the best option, you can tighten up old windows with weatherstripping

YouTube // Tools

Tool Review: 110V Jobsite Board Stretcher

DuhWalt's revolutionary new technology can help you get from D’oh to Done when you have boards that are too short on one end

Video // Siding & Exterior Trim, WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing

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.

details // Concrete & Masonry, WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing

A Brick Wall Flashing and Insulation Retrofit

A retrofit solution that works great for a low-skill workforce—like volunteers

YouTube // Roofing

California Valley: A Fast Way to Shingle an Open Roof Valley

A California valley is faster than cutting all of the shingles up a valley. With shingles bedded in cement, it can be exported to other states.