Framing Carpentry

Whether you’re putting up a new wall, building an addition or starting a home from the ground up, framing matters. Learn the necessary skills here.

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How to Finish a Basement

With special framing and insulating techniques, your basement can be as comfortable as any other room in your home. Find out more about insulating basement walls and framing basement walls here.

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How to Frame a Structure Using Energy-Saving Techniques

Here's a framing technique that maximizes insulation space and reduces heat transfer through the walls.


If You See a ‘Tooth’ on Your Hammer, This Is What It’s For

Ever come across this type of hammer and wonder what it's for? Here's the scoop.


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How to Build a DIY Infrared Sauna

Get all the benefits of a sauna without the expensive health club membership.


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How to Build a Portable DIY Sauna

DIY a portable sauna? No sweat.

How to Add a Covered Entryway to Your Home

Take your home's basic facade to the next level. Add a roof over the entryway.


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Tear Through DIY Projects with the Family Handyman Approved Diablo Demo Demon Saw Blade

If you're planning on adding a window, knocking down a wall or re-roofing your garage, pick up a Diablo Demo...

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Family Handyman Approved: Hart Brushless Reciprocating Saw

This reciprocating saw from Hart Tools is a powerful, all-in-one cutting tool with a brushless motor that DIYers will love.


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Family Handyman Reader Projects: Indoor Spaces

Family Handyman readers were busy during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020, diving into their to-do lists. Here we take...


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How To Find Affordable Lumber

Most DIYers suffered severe sticker shock at lumber prices during the pandemic. Here are six tips to help you find...


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20 Common House Framing Terms You Should Know

Want to learn about house framing, but find the terminology confusing? Read this handy guide to common house framing terms.

Everything You Need to Consider Before Buying a Hammer

Here's how to decide which hammer will work best for you and your construction needs.


Which Is The Best Kind Of Hammer Head?

Not all hammer heads are created equal. But which one is the best?


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How to Build an Under-the-Stairs Storage Unit

Organized, easy-access storage — and lots of it!


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A Step-by-Step Guide to Fireplace Refacing

From dull and dated to modern masterpiece in one weekend.


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How to Build a Dynamic Accent Wall

Turn a blank wall into a showpiece that transforms the entire room!

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...


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How to Make a DIY Dog House

Your dog will love it. And so will you.


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How to Increase Storage Space In Your Bathroom

Turn unused bathroom space into a hidden yet functional cabinet. 


13 Framing Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Build your walls straight, sturdy and plumb with these great tips.


How to Build a Screened-in Porch

Add an enclosed screen porch to your house using basic framing and deck building techniques.


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14 Expert Tips for Tight Miters

Pro tricks for air-tight joints.


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How to Cut Crown Molding

Here is an easier, more precise method you can use to cut crown molding while it's flat on a miter...


Fool-Proof Wall Framing Tips for New Construction

Learn how to frame a wall and avoid common framing errors with these pro tips on framing a wall.


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Metal Studs: How to Use and Frame With Metal Studs

Tools and techniques for building basement and partition walls with steel studs.

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Fantastic Framing Tips the Pros Use

Here are some great framing tips that will help you build your walls straight, strong and fast.


A Full Guide to Building a Garage: Framing a Garage

Learn how to build a garage with these tips to help you plan, build a solid foundation, frame and more.


How to Frame a Window, Build Window Headers and Door Headers

These wooden “bridges” let you create lots of big openings without weakening the walls.