Roof framing, window options, and a mechanical advantage add up to lower bills and a higher quality home
What to look for in a Shear Wall System
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
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
The ongoing saga about designing and constructing a tiny house in Ecuador
Yup—just drill a hole, add a piece of copper wire and drive the screw home
Use SketchUp.com to visually calculate the rise, run, and materials for stairbuilding—or anything else, for that matter
You get paid for what you do and what you know. Turns out, the more you know, the more you can do.
It is time to think about the fact that many carpentry jobs may be automated—soon
A Chinese TV show that never made it on the air—until there was a YouTube.
Tips on engineered wood layout, framing, cantilevers, blocking, web stiffeners, cutting, knockouts, duct runs, rim boards, and beams.
When air sealing a house, begin with the biggest holes and work toward the small ones
A carpenter's take on less wood in walls
Two Japanese carpenters demonstrate the mortise joinery used to assemble a built-up beam. The claim is that the joined beam is as strong as a solid one.
It depends on a lot, but here are some things to think about
Scouting photos for an upcoming video shoot covering moment frame, walls, foundation, and rim joists.