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The road to becoming a master carpenter starts with learning these expert skills and techniques.

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12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some big changes to your home.

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How to Finish, Frame, and Insulate a Basement

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


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What to Know About Wall Studs

Wall studs are vertical pieces of wood or metal that help form the framework of a stud wall. New to...


How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

A gabled roof looks great from the outside and adds space and light inside.


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14 Framing Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

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

Framing Basement Walls

A poor framing job can bring a whole mess of problems, so we asked a professional framing carpenter how to...


How to Straighten Bowed Stud Walls

Minor tweaks make a major difference in the finished wall

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.


Metal Studs: How to Use and Frame With Metal Studs

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


Fantastic Framing Tips the Pros Use

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


No Cutting Corners: Tips for Tight Miters and Coped Joints

Tips for tight miters and coped joints.

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.


Reader Project: Showcase Wall

Check out reader Mike Farron’s rendition of The Family Handyman’s Showcase Wall, originally published in the December/January 2015 issue. Photos:


Building Rock-Solid Exterior Walls

Hidden braces keep your house plumb and level