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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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How Small a Hole Is Too Small for a Mouse?

A woodworker finds out using a homemade test apparatus and peanut butter bait

How to Keep Water Out From Under a Deck

This double-grooved decking system uses neoprene gaskets that serve as hidden fasteners and prevent water from draining between boards

Undercabinet Lighting Dos & Don’ts

More on-site light-meter readings lead to evidence-based recommendations for effective undercabinet lighting

Quick-Release Knot

String lines are a simple way to keep things straight. But if the knot isn’t easy to tie and untie, the string keeps getting shorter.

Repairing a Sinking Slab

High-density foam injected under a concrete pool patio raised cracked and sinking sections back to flush and level 

Concrete Stair Retrofit

This exterior stair was formed over the top of an existing concrete stair sandwiched between masonry walls

Preventing Shower Leaks

Most shower leaks occur at curbs, corners and drains. Building redundancy into the system reduces the risk.

Production Exterior Trim

For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop

Easy Drywall Patch

A hole saw and a scrap of drywall make for a strong, invisible patch

How to Use SketchUp Match Photo

Step-by-step instructions on how to display a SketchUp model on top of a photo of the existing space

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