Six tips for clean and accurate cuts
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
When you're in a hole, start digging
Offset the joints and seal the gaps to keep air leaks out of the thick walls
Another peek into the Hillbilly Toolbox reveals a great idea for stripping roofs: a pump jack shingle trough
Windows cannot rest on the foam, so they hang from wood bucks
Use expensive stretch tape for the tricky parts and regular non-stretch tape for the rest of the window flashing
Wide tape spans the many layers of a thick wall to make an air tight and water tight seal
Window banks need to line up neatly for the trim to work out. Foam walls add the extra possibility of compressing the backing. So there's that.
Wall cabinets have a quiet and important job description: Hold heavy glassware and ceramics up in the air. Do not peel away from the wall—just sit there and look pretty.
Three tools that rock: Hex wrenches that stick, pliers that can double-down, and all of the drivers you'll ever need—in one pack.
A deep energy retrofit in Concord, MA illustrates everything you need to know to bring a house to energy überville
Five ways to draw circles
Three videos covering the step by step process for flashing, installing, and airsealing an in-betweenie window in a Passive House Retrofit