Construction Basics

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The Most Common Problems of Older Homes (And How to Fix Them)

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Guidelines on Spacing a Load Bearing Wall

They can be found among the building codes.

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Floor Plan Symbols Explained

Floor plan symbols can be quite baffling for anyone.

How to Apply a Mortar Scratch Coat for Shower Wall Tiles

Need to know how to apply a scratch coat to the shower wall?

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Building Freestanding Stairs for Homes

They differ from standard stairs in some key ways.

Build A Hunting Cabin

Build your own log hunting cabin using a chainsaw.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Veranda Deck

A veranda deck is a composite deck material.

Extension Ladder Parts Explained

An extension ladder is a great tool for a do-it-yourselfer.

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How to Frame a House

When you frame a house you are laying out the skeleton.

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Uniform Building Code Explained

The Uniform Building Code is a systematic body of rules.

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How to Remove a Rusty Nail

Rusty nails are annoying. They can stop you using a perfectly good piece of lumber and they discolor

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Is there a way to remove broken screws without the use of a screw extractor?

It can be maddening trying to remove broken screws.

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How to Get a Building Permit Post-Construction

Here's how to get yourself out of the sticky situation of not having permits for your home construction.

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7 Things to Expect when Living Through a Home Remodel

Soften the blow by knowing what's coming.

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Extension Fees: A Construction Loan's Dirty Secret

Most residential construction projects are financed through lending institutions. When choosing a lender,

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How to Use a Plumb Bob for Accurate Vertical Alignment

A plumb bob is a simple old fashioned tool that is very simple to use.

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How to Apply a Scratch Coat on Brick or Stone Surface

Applying a scratch coat can protect your surfaces.

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Building Permit Myths

Building permits are usually required by law.

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How to Use a Screw Extractor

Check out this six-step solution to removing a broken screw.

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Construction Permits vs. Building Permits

Building permits being essential for any building projects should be understood since they are essential for any building projects, ensuring that the project will comply with local standards.

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How to Remove a Non Load Bearing Wall

Removing non load bearing walls in a house can really elevate the physical space, but also the ambiance

How to Apply for a Building Permit

This is often the most important step homeowners ignore when doing renovations.

A measuring tape and small house on top of a building permit.
7 DIY Projects That Actually Need Permits

You might be surprised that these seemingly simple DIY projects actually need permits to be legal.

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Where to Get Government Loans or Grants for Home Improvement

There may be more help available than you'd expect.

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Common Questions About Tiny Homes

These little buildings raise a few big questions.

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How to Cut Plexiglass with a Router

If you have a router, it's possible to cut plexiglass.

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Handiest DIY Tricks for 2018

Learning new DIY tips and tricks can really speed up projects and result in better-finished products.

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New DIYer? Here's What You Don't Need

Read this before you run out to the hardware store.

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Women Tackle Home Improvement Jobs

Women are tackling more home improvement then ever before.

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Top 3 Ways to DIY More in the New Year

The beginning of a new year is the best time to take advantage of all the benefits that DIY has to offer. Here are the top three ways to do just that.

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Prepare Your Land For Building a Foundation

The key to controlling costs is planning ahead.

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Wood for a Home Foundation?

We all know a home's foundation needs to be solid, strong and if not permanent at least able to

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How can I cut circles into plexiglass by hand?

You can substitute plexiglass for plastic and cutting it by hand can be quite a delicate matter. One

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How to Pour A Slab Foundation

A slab foundation is a simple concept. Basically, it's a concrete pad.

Pressure Treated Wood
Pros and Cons of Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure treated wood is a commonly used material.

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Install A Water Line To Your House

Installing a new water line will take some time.

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Installing a Porch Addition to Your Mobile Home

A porch addition can greatly enhance the feel of the space.

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Joist Hanger

Consider a joist hanger for floor or deck structures.