Mar 14 2017

Six tips for clean and accurate cuts

Feb 20 2017

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

Feb 13 2017

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


Feb 7 2017

When you're in a hole, start digging


Sep 12 2016

Offset the joints and seal the gaps to keep air leaks out of the thick walls


Aug 19 2016

A hidden funnel between inside and out dumps water into the wall

Aug 18 2016

Another peek into the Hillbilly Toolbox reveals a great idea for stripping roofs: a pump jack shingle trough  

Aug 15 2016

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


Jul 29 2016

Field-testing a tool pick from the National Hardware Show

Jul 28 2016

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

Jul 25 2016

Wide tape spans the many layers of a thick wall to make an air tight and water tight seal

Jul 20 2016

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.


Jul 14 2016

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.

Jul 12 2016

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.

Jul 11 2016

A superinsulated sunroom might sound like an oxymoronic idea, but it is not. Just use triple glazed windows and thick foam over the wall framing and roof

Jul 5 2016

A deep energy retrofit in Concord, MA illustrates everything you need to know to bring a house to energy überville

Jul 4 2016

Three videos covering the step by step process for flashing, installing, and airsealing an in-betweenie window in a Passive House Retrofit

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