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.

Video // Drywall, Tile & Flooring

Trim-Out Tip: Cleaner Tile Cuts (Sandpaper for Ceramic)

Diamonds are ceramic tile cutters best friend. Ok, they are not, but they can sure improve a sanding pad.  

Article // Safety

Fall Protection: Guardrails Prevent Construction Falls, Not Landings

Guardrails provide a physical barrier between the worker and the fall hazard.  When constructed correctly, guardrails can prevent a person from falling from elevated workplaces.  

Video // Tools, Insulation & Air Sealing

Tool Pick: Bahco Insulation Knife and Saw

A saw and a knife that cut rockwool insulation like a "laser"

Video // Trimwork & Cabinetry, Woodworking

Edgebanding Tip: Reveal the Joint with Rabbets

Edgebanding without sanding: call attention to the joint rather than trying to hide it. Because you won't hide it.

Video Treats // Siding & Exterior Trim, Insulation & Air Sealing

How Small a Hole Can A Mouse Squeeze Through?

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.

Video // Paints, Glues, & Sealants, WRB & Flashing, Windows & Doors

A Quick Weather-Tight Stained Glass Replacement

Paint-on waterproofing membrane, physics, and forethought protect an old window—and allow future maintenance—while sealing a big hole in a wet and windy wall

YouTube // Trimwork & Cabinetry, Woodworking

Jobsite Jig for Cutting a Straight edge on a Crowned Board

An accurate setup made from scraps can help you salvage lumber that is too crooked to frame with but could be great for blocking or furring strips

Video // Decks & Porches

Sketchup for Beginners: How to Build A Pergola

Seven-part sketchup tutorial with 17 videos covering ground zero (gravel) to final finish. Design on 'paper'—before making sawdust.  

YouTube // Kitchens & Baths

Why Remodel Instead of Building New? It's More Fun

The truth is, I prefer the problem solving of remodeling. The higher degree of difficulty, the better. Remodeling can be a battle, but that's the beauty of the challenge.

Photos // Safety

Barefoot on Bamboo, No Work Boots Required

Walking on a scaffold with boots is like tightening a lug molt with mittens

Video // Kitchens & Baths, Trimwork & Cabinetry

6 Kitchen Cabinet Layout Tips

How to account for a room that is not plumb, level, or square when you have a truckload of expensive (and square) boxes to install.

details // Demolition, Paints, Glues, & Sealants, WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing

Retrofitting for Repeated Flooding: Brick Wall with Spray Foam and Drainage Mesh

Make a route for drainage, protect the structure, and use water-tolerant materials to rebuild

YouTube // Concrete & Masonry

Pour a Concrete Driveway

Tying into an existing driveway involves digging, spec-ing, sloping, pouring, and brooming. 

Video Treats // Woodworking

Unbelievable Process for a Pantry Door, but #WorthIt

Frank Howarth needed a new door for his pantry, so he turned to some Sequoia slabs that he and a buddy cut up a few years ago.  And then he made a film about it.