Construction Materials

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Ceramic Tile 101

This versatile material has been in use for millennia.

The Ultimate Guide to Reclaimed Wood

It has more character, and it's better for the environment.

OSB vs Plywood

OSB and plywood are two different materials. Learn their similarities and differences here!

How to Mix Grout

You can easily mix grout by taking some standard precautions and by carefully following the manufacturer’s

Everything You Need to Know about Drywall Finish Level 5

When you have had a drywall fitted, you may want to create your own drywall finish rather than leave

Affordable Alternatives to High Cost Materials

These alternative materials will ensure you never have to skimp on style.

Is oriented strand board toxic to people?

Yes, OSB or Oriented Strand Board does have a low, but existing toxicity, due to the resin in it. The

How to Build a Subfloor with OSB

Substituting OSB for plywood is an effective cost saver.

Estimating Costs Of Building Materials For Home Construction

Estimating costs is an important step in your build.

A Primer in Using Blueboard for Insulation Purposes

Blueboard is a hard foam material.

5 Tips for Using Medium Density Fiberboard Outside

MDF might not be the first material you imagine outdoors.

Lumber 101

Beginning DIYer? Lumber yards can be a confusing place. Especially when you discover that 2x4s aren't actually 2x4s.

How to Tell if a Pallet Is Safe to Reuse

Pallet projects are everywhere, but it's harder than you think to find a safe pallet to use.

How to Source Low-Cost Materials for Your Project

Materials for a DIY project don't have to break the bank.

How to Break Apart Pallets

You have a pallet, now what?

What is Glazing Putty?

Glazing compound or glazing putty is one of the most easy-to-use constructional and repair materials.

Fireboard vs Drywall: What's the Difference?

When remodeling or building a new home, you might not think of fireboard as a preferred form of wall

How to Mix Joint Compound

Achieve the right consistency for the best results.

How to Properly Use Glazing Putty

Glazing putty bonds the glass to the wood.

How to Make Your Own AA Plywood

Plywood is a preferred construction material.

How to Fasten Cement Board

You are going to need to install cement board first.

Carpentry 101: Scribe for a Better Fit

Scribing is a great tool for a number of DIY projects.

Material Takeoffs: What You Need to Know

Material takeoff is a common term in construction.

OSB vs Particleboard

OSB (Oriented Strand Board) and particleboard are two different types of manufactured wood products.

How to Remove Particle Board Underlayment

Particle board is an engineered composite wood product made from wood chips, sawmill shavings and sawdust

How to Cut OSB

When it comes to using OSB for your construction project, it's important to know how to cut it properly.

How to Install Tile over Cement Board

In order to install tile over a wood floor, you will need to cover it with cement board. Once the cement

How to Get Rid of Mold on Your OSB

OSB, or Oriented Strand Board, is an engineered wood product formed by layering strands of wood together

How to Paint Particleboard

Paint adheres well to particleboard with proper preparation.

Building With Galvanized Steel: Pros and Cons

An increasingly popular material for residential and commercial building, there are pros and cons to galvanized steel.

How to Paint Cement Board

Cement board is perfect for use on exteriors.

Plywood Pros and Cons

Plywood offers many advantages over other materials.

Sedimentary Rock

Sedimentary rock is a type of rock and is one of the three primary types of rocks. Rocks in this family

I-beam

An I-beam is a special type of joist that is made of structural steel. The I-beam is an important part

Fungicide

No do it yourself outdoor painting project is ever complete without a fungicide treatment. This is especially

For Love of Mud

Mud is magic. Mud is fun. Mud can also be quarrelsome. Don't get me wrong, I love earth plasters. I

Flitch Plate

A flitch plate is used to help increase the strength of the overall structure. A flitch plate is a metal

CDX Plywood

There are many different grades of plywood including: A, B, C, D, CDX plywood, T and G plywood. It is

Builder-Grade Materials

Builder-grade materials are a classification of building materials in the construction industry. Builder-grade

Box Sill

A box sill is a type of sill which is used in framing. The box sill is nailed directly onto the floor

Terms of the Trade: What Are Batter Boards?

Batter boards are guide structures used to lay foundations.

Everything You Need to Know About Particle Board Outgassing

The lumber industry began self-regulating formaldehyde content in its products in 1981.

How to Install Blueboard Walls

If you've decided to use blueboard instead of drywall, install it with ease by following this quick guide.