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Contain Your Enthusiasm

Hats off to Dwell for answering what we've all been wondering, how is this tiny... Read more

How-To Properly Lap Step Flashing To Prevent LeakingHow-To Properly Lap Step Flashing To Prevent Leaking

When a shingled roof meets a side wall, improper installation of flashing can cause rainwater to leak inside. Keeping this area of the house dry is a tough endeavor so taking extra care to prevent leaking will prevent callbacks and future headaches. Read more

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Reverse-Lapped Step Flashing

If step flashing isn’t tucked behind the housewrap on the wall above, rainwater can drain into the walls below Read more

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Site-Built Door Flange Site-Built Door Flange

Here's a slick way to build a weather-tight seal into an entry door that comes with pre-applied brickmold casings. Read more

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Habitat Townhomes Take a Passive Approach to Affordable Housing Habitat Townhomes Take a Passive Approach to Affordable Housing

Despite its rigorous standards, Passive House design lends itself to Habitat’s volunteer-driven model. Read more

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Readers Choice: Simonton Windows Readers Choice: Simonton Windows

Vinyl windows stand the test of seven winters for one passive solar home. Read more

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Concrete Basics

Ready-mix plants all around the country sell hundreds of different concrete mixes. Fine-tuning your mix and your techniques can get pretty complicated. Here are some of the basics. Read more

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Mystery Inspector: Pan Flashing is Not What it Used to Be

Flexible peel and stick flashing membranes have made rigid pre-formed pan flashings a thing of the past. Read more

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Air Sealing Recessed Lights Air Sealing Recessed Lights

Even when equipped with the most efficient bulbs, can lights are a major source of undetected air leakage in most homes. Read more

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What Does "Shear Off a Wall" Mean? What Does "Shear Off a Wall" Mean?

If you were in the giant scissor business, I’d have a different answer than the one that follows. Read more

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