Aug 14 2018

A rip of plywood, some blocks and a table saw will help you repurpose cruddy lumber from the bone pile into backing


Jul 26 2018

A 4-Dimensional look at deck flashing that works

May 22 2018

Roofs peel off from the edges, so it is critical to hold them tight

May 3 2018

Outside insulation is an effective way to keep heat in. The devil is in the details, such as this one

Apr 24 2018

Overlapping tapes with gravity in mind keeps water out of the house

Mar 27 2018

A retrofit solution that works great for a low-skill workforce—like volunteers

Feb 27 2018

Make a route for drainage, protect the structure, and use water-tolerant materials to rebuild

Jan 30 2018

Use real trim stock and give some thought to the layout—it will improve the look of your job 100 percent

Jan 11 2018

An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 4, 5, and 6

Dec 5 2017

Peel and stick Z-flashing and some padding pushes a ledger flush with the face of the thick panels. A cover sheet of peel and stick completely waterproof the ledger before the deck is framed 

Nov 16 2017

Flashing a wood-framed chimney is like flashing a dormer, except there’s no roof behind it. Without protection, water can leak into the joint and rot your walls to direct uphill water away

Nov 9 2017

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

Nov 7 2017

The general idea of installing windows is to plug the big hole that you just cut in the wall.

Oct 10 2017

Just because you draw it doesn't mean they'll build it that way. Know what makes sense, what the framer can execute, and forget about designing in two-foot modules

Sep 29 2017

Glue the rim joist, caulk the gaps, and overhang the wall sheathing to tighten this leaky building assembly


Sep 15 2017

Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...


Aug 15 2017

Two fans talk to each other to replace stale air with fresh air


Jul 27 2017

Roof valleys are like gutters with a steep pitch; but the stakes are higher for valleys than they are for gutters


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