Skilled Labor – Viable Option For Our Youth
August 28, 2013 – 8:24 am | 2 Comments

Skilled Labor Demands Growing Quickly
Editorial by Todd Fratzel
Typically I focus on facts and detailed information to help readers solve real life problems. This post is significantly different as it’s an editorial with my perspective on …

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How To Make a Tablesaw Crosscut Sled
December 29, 2013 – 12:18 pm | No Comment
How To Make a Tablesaw Crosscut Sled

Precision Tablesaw Crosscut Sled
A precision tablesaw crosscut sled is one of the best workshop jigs you can make for woodworking projects. I’ve been putting this project off for such a long time and finally it …

Custom Colonial Style Fireplace Mantel
December 24, 2013 – 8:18 am | 5 Comments
Custom Colonial Style Fireplace Mantel

Custom Fireplace Mantel
There’s something about a beautiful fireplace and mantel that really makes a home feel warm and inviting. A fireplace mantel can also be a beautiful prominent architectural feature. I’ve built a couple custom …

How To Install A Wall Safe
December 23, 2013 – 3:05 pm | No Comment
How To Install A Wall Safe

Installing a Biometric Wall Safe
Many home owners choose to buy safes for their home to protect valuable jewelry, documents and even guns. One of the more popular choices today are the biometric wall safes. Installing …

Selecting TJI Floor Joist Sizes
December 18, 2013 – 8:00 am | 26 Comments
Selecting TJI Floor Joist Sizes

Sizing Trus Joist TJI’s
I’ve received dozens of emails asking me how you size TJI’s for a new home. Sizing Trus Joist brand TJI’s isn’t really that difficult once you understand the issues. Most people think …

Winter Window Condensation – Sweaty Windows
November 29, 2013 – 8:30 am | 3 Comments
Winter Window Condensation – Sweaty Windows

What Causes Window Condensation
Each winter I’m asked repeatedly why new energy efficient windows have condensation on them. I’ve written several articles about window condensation, Winter Window Condensation Problems, Window Condensation – Part II, and More …

Work Clothes – Carhart Quick Duck® Jacket Review
November 26, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
Work Clothes – Carhart Quick Duck® Jacket Review

Men’s Quick Duck® Woodward Active Jac
Over the years I’ve come to rely on several great brands for my work clothes. Carhart, Dickies and LLBean to name a few. One of my favorite brands for jackets …

Asbestos Siding – Remove It or Leave It Alone?
November 14, 2013 – 1:35 pm | 2 Comments
Asbestos Siding – Remove It or Leave It Alone?

Should You Remove Asbestos Cement Siding?
Here in New England there are thousands of homes with Asbestos Cement Siding. Not only can it be really ugly but many home owners fear the obvious health risks and …

Foam Board Insulation Under Vinyl Siding
October 25, 2013 – 2:00 pm | 2 Comments
Foam Board Insulation Under Vinyl Siding

Installing Foam Board Insulation Under Vinyl Siding
Today more than ever before homes are being built with foam board insulation installed on the outside of the sheathing and under the siding. This detail is used with …