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    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.


    Create Smooth Walls: A Mudslinger’s Guide

    Drywall taping is one of the most important jobs on any construction site. A skilled taper can hide a lot...


    5 Oscillating Multitool Blades You Should Own

    Check out these five attachment blades that can unlock the true potential of your oscillating multitool.


    Professor Works to Reduce Concrete Construction’s Carbon Footprint

    Concrete production leads to a lot of greenhouse gas and a lot of heat. A professor in Texas is working...


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

    We talked to a landscaping veteran to find out the five main things he wishes he would have known on...


    Stuff We Love: Painting Tools (VIDEO)

    On this week's episode of Stuff We Love, Marty Dyck showcases three products that should be on every pro painter's...


    Everything You Need to Know About Drywall

    Have a question about drywall? Here is our ultimate guide to all things drywall, from joint compound to corner bead...


    How to Choose and Use Painter’s Tape

    Apply painter's tape faster and more effectively so you can start painting sooner and make fewer mistakes.

    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...


    Essential Tips for HVAC Professionals

    One expert offers key tips on how HVAC professionals can stay ahead of the curve in an industry that is...


    Where Are Homeowners Spending Remodeling Dollars?

    Room additions remain the most expensive remodeling projects.


    Study: 35% of all Home Improvement Projects Require A Pro

    DIY has exploded in popularity in recent years, but professionals remain a key player in home remodeling projects.


    Home Remodeling Spending Hits Record High

    The market indicates that it's a great time to be a pro remodeler.


    How Smart Are Your Remodeling Clients?

    Has the overflowing pool of remodeling shows and websites made your clients more demanding or more educated?


    Three Things to Know About Energy Efficient Roofing

    Creating an energy efficient roof will save you money and energy. Here are a few things you need to know...


    How To Level Concrete Slabs

    If you have an uneven concrete slab, you could replace it or cover it with leveling compound. But consider grinding...

    Toolipedia: Drywall Rasp

    Toolipedia: Everything you wanted to know about the drywall rasp.


    How To Choose Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

    A style and trend expert helps to simplify the head-scratching and often frustrating process of choosing kitchen cabinet hardware


    5 Projects to Get You Over Your Fear of DIY Home Improvement

    Got some big ideas for home improvement but don't know where to start? Check out these projects for novice DIYers.


    How To Install Pocket Door Privacy Hardware

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


    Thermomass

    Are you trying to decide if your next foundation is going to be block, poured or SIP’s? Don’t make that decision until you read...

    Avoid These Common Plumbing Mistakes

    I've seen these same mistakes made over and over. The solution for every one is simple. Let me show you....


    Five Things You Should Know Before Hiring A Roofing Contractor

    A roofing pro explains the ten things you should look for when hiring someone to roof a house


    How Proper Prep Leads to Crack-Free Concrete

    Good finishing techniques will make a slab look great for a while, but proper ground prep will keep it looking...


    Five Reasons To Apply a Skim Coat

    Skim coating rejuvenates old walls, making them look new again.


    Seven Plumbing Tricks You Have To Know

    Seven terrific tips and tricks from a long-time plumber