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US Commerce Department Cuts Tariffs on Canadian Lumber

The decision comes as trade officials look to normalize the price of lumber in the United States and provide relief to the home building industry.

A Pro Carpenter’s Guide to Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...


Lumber Prices Finally Fell in October (But Are Still Way Too High)

Lumber prices dropped in early October, but not nearly enough, and now home builders and lawmakers are working together to...


Home Builders and Remodelers Optimistic Heading Into Winter

Remodeling and home building are in high demand, and industry pros anticipate no letup over the next few months.


2021 International Builders’ Show Goes Virtual

The 2021 International Builders' Show is moving online out of an abundance of caution.

Homebuilding Sector Drives Construction Employment Surge

Residential construction led the way to another positive month for construction employment.


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Bosch’s New Thermal Camera a ‘Staple for Any Toolbox’

The camera gives DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any...


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14 Things Home Depot Employees Won’t Tell You

The Home Depot offers a wealth of materials, resources and a customer-friendly return policy. But there are a few secrets...


How to Become a Carpenter

Carpenters are in demand. If you're interested in a career in the trades, here's what you need to know about...


An Inside Look Into a Truss Factory

We visited a truss plant and asked about the most common mistakes framers make when installing with trusses.


How To Perfect Your Window Trim Installation Process

A long-time carpenter Travis Larson explains how he installs window trim. Check out these simple step-by-step instructions.


Code Check: Stair Codes for Rise, Run, and Nosing  

A simple but helpful summary of what the IRC code says about building stair rise, run, and nosing.


5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Rookie Carpenter

We spoke to a former lead carpenter to find out the five things he wishes he had known before his...

How To Install Pocket Door Privacy Hardware

A pro finish carpenter shares his method of installing hardware on a pocket door.