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Article // Framing

The Best Way to Frame: Less Wood, More Thought

Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.


Article // Safety, Tools

Tools to Keep on Hand When Hurricanes are in the Forecast

A handful of handies for the tool editor who has (almost) everything


Article // Safety

What To Do After a Hurricane: A Pro’s Guide To Recovery

Tend to yourself and to immediate danger—and then start planning your comeback party


Article // Insulation & Air Sealing

There's More to Attic Insulation Than Attic Insulation: There is Venting, Air Sealing, and Misery

How to reduce ice dams, improve thermal performance, and boost durability of homes with vented attics  


Video, 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


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  


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.


Article, Photos // Framing

Framing the Cisterna Cottage

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


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.  


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  


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.  


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.


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.  


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.


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  


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.