Windows & Doors

Nov 4 2017

Are windows the eyes of a home, or a gateway to its soul? 

Oct 31 2017

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

Aug 2 2017

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

Apr 28 2017

Anchor the frame to the floor and reinforce hinge locations with frame anchors, otherwise, it's just plumb, level, and square.


Apr 27 2017

A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC

Apr 3 2017

A simple test to verify that windows are waterproof BEFORE you install them.

Dec 21 2016

Sidewalk snapshots of South American door hardware

Dec 18 2016

18 videos on hardware, screws, and designs that deceive the eye

Nov 21 2016

The go-to tool for extracting hard-to-remove nails, and when minimal damage is important.

Nov 7 2016

Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather


Nov 3 2016

Windows are big holes in walls that must be sealed against wind, water, and heat. This guide covers scope of work, how to install them, and why it matters.


Oct 10 2016

A thermal break and solid backing puts the window on the outer face of a thick wall. Now, there's room on the inside window sill for cats and bowling trophies


Sep 28 2016

This critical element is often omitted from window installation


Sep 7 2016

Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done

Sep 2 2016

UPDATED (again!) with more doors of Ecuador

Aug 15 2016

Windows cannot rest on the foam, so they hang from wood bucks


Jul 28 2016

Use expensive stretch tape for the tricky parts and regular non-stretch tape for the rest of the window flashing

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