Drywall, Tile & Flooring

Q: Is Truss Uplift a Carpentry Problem or a Drywall Problem?


A: Neither. It is a physics problem. The solution lies in carpenters and drywall installers working together

Airtight Drywall: Step by Step


With blower door tests in the building code, it is up to more than just the insulators or the GC to deliver results: many trades have a stake.


Three Lead Safe Containment Strategies for Interior Work


The best containment strategy depends on the job size, tools required, location in the house, and proximity to living space


Tile Waterproofing for Cement Backer Board

weep gaps at bottom of tile

Retiling a tub surround is a common remodeling project because tubs have a track record for quitting early

How to Cut Holes in Drywall for Electrical Boxes


The switch plates will only cover a little gap, so if your cut is sloppy, you'll have to come back to patch. And someone has to pay for that.

Details for Warm and Dry Basement Living Space


Warm and dry basement living space begins with keeping the basement dry—duh. All moisture from outside must be directed away from the interior walls and slab.

Haiku: Nothing But Trouble

Wire mesh corner bead. Visions of bleeding fingers. Nothing but trouble.

The Humble Dropcloth

dropcloth photo

The humble drop cloth, protector of floors and furniture from paint drips and sawdust and fragments of fiberglass like stiffer bits of spiderweb ...

Old School .dwg: Drawn-on-Wall Graphics?

These apartment plans were drawn by a local draftsman using an older version. dwg — Drawn on Wall Graphics. smiley

Brick Ceiling Arches Hidden With Plaster

Ceilings in Mexico are often made with bricks laid in “bobeda” style, or in arches between steel beams...

Airtight Walls From the Inside

Air tight walls — interior details for insulation and air sealing

Regular walls just won't cut it anymore. Higher-achieving energy codes mean higher-performance walls, airtightness targets, and home energy rating system (HERS) scores. Here are six improvement targets to shoot for.