Overlapping tapes with gravity in mind keeps water out of the house
Left-, right-, and straight-cutting snips with single- and compound-leverage each have their place on a jobsite
The first layer of foam is mostly an insulation layer; the outer layer is the air barrier and drainage plane. This video is about the first layer.
A retrofit solution that works great for a low-skill workforce—like volunteers
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
ZIP Stretch tape stretches this builder's expectations and wins him over
If you can't build to stay dry, build to tolerate wet
Make a route for drainage, protect the structure, and use water-tolerant materials to rebuild
Use real trim stock and give some thought to the layout—it will improve the look of your job 100 percent
Putting a window in the hole means sealing around the edges, too
How to bend a lock-hem drip edge on a sheet metal brake
Raised heel trusses and a sealed roof deck make a fast energy efficient roof system
Watch step-by-step instructions on how to tape inside and outside corner seams using ZIP System sheathing and tape.
Outside insulation is an effective way to keep heat in. The devil is in the details, such as this one
Drip edge is another water-shedding tool
Stop rot with house wrap
A specialty tool makes placing standard non-stretch tape in corners easier
A look at types of drip edge flashing, how to cut it, and how to retrofit it to an existing roof
The IRC is a thick book, but there is relatively little aimed at decks. A few sections have a few sentences dedicated to construction of safe and durable decks.