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    Why High-Performance Furnace Filters May Ruin the Blower

    Adapt your ductwork design to ensure adequate system airflow for homeowners who intend to use their blower filter as a whole-house air cleaner.

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    Nonprofit Helps Girls Build the World They Want to See

    Girls Garage is the manifestation of Emily Pilloton's mission to 'inspire a community of fearless builder girls everywhere.'


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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...


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    How to Become an HVAC Technician

    In an era of energy conservation and extremely air-tight construction practices, the demand for HVAC tradespeople won't evaporate any time...


    How to Become a Great Landscaper

    People interested in entering the landscaping industry have many options. Your particular path depends on what you'd like to do.

    How to Become a House Painter

    People who learn how to become a house painter share a common endpoint: entrance into a rewarding, high-demand career.


    20 Bad Spring Yard Work Habits You Need to Stop Doing

    It's been a long winter and you're ready to start some yard work. But before you grab that rake or...


    A First-Person Account of How the Pandemic is Affecting Construction Workers

    The rapid spread of COVID-19 forced the construction industry to adapt. One roofer describes how the lives of he and...


    How to Become a Limited-Energy Electrician

    A sea change in how homes work has created the perfect storm for limited-energy electricians. Learn how you can ride...


    How to Become a 120V Electrician

    Looking for a career with great potential? Here's how to become an electrician.


    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...


    How to Become a Plumber

    Learn how to become a plumber through a local apprenticeship or trade school program.


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    Stuff We Love: Plumbers Tool Up

    Gear up with these 3 plumbing tools

    How to Protect a House During a Remodel

    It's important during any remodeling project to safeguard the unaffected parts of the house from damage and filth. Here are...


    20 Tips and Tools That Make House Demolition Simple

    Demolition shouldn't be a haphazard job, especially for the professionals. These tips and tools will make your residential remodeling and...


    5 Highest-Paying States for Carpenters

    Looking to make a life change? Here are the five states with the highest average professional carpenter salaries across the...


    Post Plumbing Job Checklist

    Another successful plumbing job...but wait! Before you pack up your tools, take the time to do a final check...


    How To Pour a Perfect Concrete Apron

    We followed a concrete crew for the day in order to find out the process behind their black concrete aprons....


    Which Interior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?

    New and refinished wood flooring and HVAC upgrades are the top interior renovation projects that add the most value at...


    Eco-Friendly Cement Unveiled by Researchers at Western Sydney University

    Concrete is essential for the construction industry, but bad for the environment. A team of researchers is working to solve...


    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.

    Tidy Tips From a Picky Painter

    You can tell a good paint job because the new wall paint is only on the wall. We asked a...


    Everything Roofing Pros Should Know About Synthetic Underlayment

    Synthetic underlayment is taking over the roofing industry, which comes as no surprise given all the benefits. Find out why...


    A Guide To Drywall Sizes

    Drywall comes in many different sizes. Learn how to choose the right drywall size and drywall thickness for your next...


    7 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Remodeling Company

    We talked to the CEO of a remodeling company to learn what it takes to be successful in a competitive...


    How to Hang Drywall: Pro Tips for Cutting and Installing

    A good framing crew makes drywall hangers whistle while they work. Follow these great hanging suggestions, and you can make...


    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.