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How to Replace a Window (Part 2)

This time it’s in a fat wall wrapped with a housewrap air barrier and exterior rigid insulation




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Nailed It

Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers

How to Scribe Wood to Brick

Tips for making a perfect joint where wood meets brick or other irregular surfaces

How To Build Rot-Resistant Deck Beams

Built-up deck beams create seams that collect water and inhibit drying. Using spacers between 2-bys creates an airspace that promotes drainage and speeds drying.

Estimating Shortcuts for Circular Concrete Shapes

There’s more than one way to calculate quantities for curved slabs and tube forms. We review the standard math, add a shortcut, and throw in a cheat sheet for good measure.

Roofing Details for Storm Country

Properly overlapping metal flashing, sealing tapes, and peel-and-stick membranes keeps wind-driven water from getting into the house

Easy Blocking for Wood I-Joists

Adding plywood gussets to short lengths of I-joist makes for easy-to-install blocking in an engineered floor frame

A Jig for Ripping Crooked Lumber

A strip of plywood, some blocks, and a table saw will help you salvage crooked framing lumber by safely ripping a straight edge 

Installing Shower Wall Tile Correctly

Ten tips on how to layout and set tile in a running bond pattern on shower walls 

How to Install Fiber-cement Panels

A system of tracks holds large panels off the sheathing, creating a rainscreen while also providing flashing at joints and a finished edge treatment  

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