Glues, Sealants, Coatings

Make a Handy Stucco Bucket Scoop

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An easy to make scoop that cleans the bucket as you empty it.

Architectural Postcards from Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is an architectural voyeur’s destination, with gothic, and ornate classical buildings that rival Europe in grandeur. There are also a lot of cool homes, and street-level building craft to admire.

Weather Proof A Garage Door Opening (4/5): Deep Door Trim

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Thickening the edge with a quarter-inch strip brings the trim back to the door jamb while spanning the rain screen WRB

How To Fix Someone Else's Caulking Repair in Stucco

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A fast and inexpensive way to patch stucco walls. Put this in your bag of tricks.

Setting Window Panes with Silicone

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Getting silicone to stick to the window and not your finger

 

A Quick Weather-Tight Stained Glass Replacement

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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

It Takes 10 Minutes to Waterproof a Shampoo Niche #TheRightWay

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"This is the most important part to waterproof because this is the place where all the water will end up and it might leak if not done correctly." 

—Michal Mroczko

Seal Holes from Pipes and Wires

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An item on the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. Item 5.1.2, to be exact ...

Instant Joinery Tip for Woodworking and Trim Carpentry

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A secret weapon in the war on loose joints: 2P-10 a two-part glue that dries in ten seconds.

Air Sealing Details for a Net Zero Energy Home

The air sealing process for a high performance home with double-stud walls. 

Airtight Drywall: Step by Step

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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.