Mark Butler

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Window-trim alignment block

The drawing shows the tool I use to align the edge of a window apron with the casing above the sill.

Click To Enlarge - Choose the right size counterbore for the job

Choose the right size counterbore for the job Combination pilot hole and countersink/counterbore pilot bit sizes range from 3 ⁄ to 5 ⁄ most with counterbores of 3 ⁄ or Use this chart to match the countersink/ counterbore to your fastener.

Siding holdup - Fine Homebuilding Tip

One night I went to bed dreading the next day. Working solo, I’d be siding the gable end of a house with clapboards, my only helper on the ground cutting …

Table R507.5 Deck Joist Spans

The 2015 IRC includes a new joist span table and illustrations specifically for decks. This will make it easier for deck builders to design a deck frame.

View from living room to large terrace

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Treehouse experience, Manuel Antonio National Park

10 Best Manuel Antonio National Park Vacation Rentals, Apartments (with Photos)

Crack-free, color-matched grout for a tile backsplash - Fine Homebuilding

Joist-hanger helper - Fine Homebuilding Tip

I often find it necessary to install joist hangers before installing joists. Working alone, I always struggled as I tried to hold the hanger in the correct position while nailing.

Love Your Deck 3D Cover copy

Cozy Cabin: Video Course & Plans for Building Your Own Little Dream Home by Steve Maxwell Steve’s Cozy Cabin video course and construction plans package is the ultimate guide to building your very own high-quality small home.

With simple site-made hangers, I can handle unwieldy lengths of clapboard all by myself. As shown in the drawing, my little siding aids are made of two clear cedar shingles, …