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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

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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  

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Article // Tools

DeWalt FlexVolt Cordless Table Saw Review

It is hard to believe that a cordless table saw can stand up to jobsite use. But it can.

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Article, Photos // Framing

Framing the Cisterna Cottage

Tropical hardwood beams, locally-fashioned framing connectors, and mahogany siding. Who needs a view?

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Article // Tools

18 Volt Lithium Battery Warnings from Milwaukee

A general warning that as batteries get bigger, so do the unintended consequences of using them like a dope. So, don't be a dope, read.  

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Article // HVAC & Mechanicals, Drywall, Tile & Flooring

The Engineering, Building Science, and Code Implications of Marijuana Grow Rooms

Like kitchen & bath remodels, it involves plumbing, ventilation, electrical upgrades, waterproofing, and building inspectors  

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Article // Tools

Makita SP6000J Track Saw: #WorthIT

A great saw—in spite of a couple of flaws—that will make fast work out of long miters. Even compound miters.  

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Article // Tools

Pneumatic Vs Cordless Nailers: What’s the Best Choice?

Cordless nailers are twice as heavy, twice as expensive, and twice as slow as pneumatics. They can also save you 30 minutes per day.

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YouTube, Article // Framing, Decks & Porches

Non-Structural Codes for Deck Guards

The non-structural requirements are pretty simple for guard rails: if there's a fall hazard, make a guard, and keep it such that it will actually stop people from falling.  

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Article // Tools

Head2Head Tool Test: Cordless Reciprocating Saws

Eight saws, an endless supply of new blades, and a few editors with nothing better to do than cut stuff

Article // WRB & Flashing, HVAC & Mechanicals, Insulation & Air Sealing

Moisture Management Design Rule 2: Manage Condensation

Condensation is when moisture in the air hits a cool enough surface to convert the vapor into water.

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Article // Editor's Notes

Construction Training Demos on the Main Stage at International Builders' Show

Learn the what, how, and why behind high performance building and remodeling with the editors, carpenters, and engineers behind ProTradeCraft  

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Article // Editor's Notes

Essential Videos and Articles of 2016

A peek inside the heads of ProTradeCraft users: the top articles, videos, and animations of the year.  

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Article // Framing

The Best Way to Frame: Less Wood, More Thought

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #1—The most popular page of 2016. Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.

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Article // WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing

How To Install House Wrap #TheRightWay

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #2. Stop rot with house wrap

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Article // Drywall, Tile & Flooring

What Could Cause THOUSANDS of Drywall Screw Pops?

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #6. A perfect storm of missteps causes an unimaginable 'texture'—or did it?

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Article // Roofing, Siding & Exterior Trim, WRB & Flashing

When Drip Edge Becomes A Double Agent

The mission of water is to turn houses to mush. Some drip edge flashings may actually help water accomplish this mission.

Article // Siding & Exterior Trim

What’s Wrong with Vinyl Siding? It’s Not What You Think

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #10. Andres Duany defends the bad boy of exterior claddings, and urges the industry to up its game