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New App Eliminates Re-Measuring for Siding Projects

New James Hardie app generates accurate home measurements from smart phone photos. More

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New Wall Assembly Combines Advanced Framing with Superior Insulation

New system slashes lumber use by up to 25% and eliminates the need for plywood or... More

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How-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. 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 More

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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. More

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Habitat Townhomes Take a Passive Approach to Affordable Housing

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

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Readers Choice: Simonton Windows

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

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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. More

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