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Video, Photos // Concrete & Masonry

The Tale of a Tropical Terrazzo Driveway as Built in Ecuador

An #oldschool approach to decorative concrete surfaces  

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Video // Framing

Framing tip: Wood Moves, Toilets Don't

What's worse than a plumber with a Sawzall? A carpenter who causes it.

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Video // Windows & Doors, Trimwork & Cabinetry

The Gruesome Tale of FrankenDoor

Some original bones and mashed up meat make a door whose secret is safe

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Video // Editor's Notes

Media Workflow Tip: Belt and Suspenders

Belt, suspenders, clean underwear, and a long-tail t-shirt just to make sure.

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Video // Editor's Notes

Jobsite (Photography) Tip: Embiggen Your Battery Capacity

We were setting up our GoPro on the jobsite and shooting time-lapse. But what we found was that we'd get about two hours out of the batties on it, and then it would cut out.

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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

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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 // Tools

National Hardware Show Highlights: Spill-Proof Gas Can

A better mousetrap that actually catches mice. Or at least pours gas without getting your hands gassy

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Video // Demolition

Demo Tip: Take Your Time

Take your time. Work slow. Be organized. You will get done faster.

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Video // Siding & Exterior Trim, WRB & Flashing, Windows & Doors

An Awesome Wall Assembly for Cold Climate Construction

Belt, suspenders, rainscreen, and redundancy make this wall awesome.

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Video // Framing, WRB & Flashing, Insulation & Air Sealing, Decks & Porches

Framing Tips for Walls with Thick ZIPs

Exterior insulation can create transition problems. Here are a few solutions

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Video // Concrete & Masonry

Drone Zone 2: Foundation Waterproofing and Drainage Solutions

A peek at interior and exterior foundation waterproofing in one single house  

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Video // Framing

Seismic Retrofit: Soft-Story Construction in Berkeley, Calif

Tie the walls to the foundation, the floor to the walls, and add shear strength for lateral support  

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Video // Demolition

Demolition Phase of a Foursquare Remodel in Minneapolis

A drone's-eye view of an ongoing remodeling project

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Video // Decks & Porches

A Deck Screw Jig for Straight Lines

Consistent deck screw placement and spacing between deck boards comes from a system of jigs and spacers

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Video // Decks & Porches

Notch Like A Boss: Secrets for Cutting Decking Around Deck Posts

Dope details don't just happen; they are planned and executed

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Video // Framing, Decks & Porches

How To Cut A Deck Board

Six tips for clean and accurate cuts

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Video // Framing, Insulation & Air Sealing

Modified Larsen Truss Retrofit: I-Joists on a Roof

Framing a roof with I-joists over the existing roof makes a ton of room for insulation and offers a short lesson in vapor movement through assemblies

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Video // Framing

A Modified Larsen Truss Using I-Joists on a Passive House Retrofit

Screwing I-joists to the outside of a wall—really—makes a lot more room for insulation on a deep energy retrofit in NW Connecticut