## How to Build Barn Doors

Learn how to build doors for barns from wood using this simple technique. This works well with any sized door on old barns and new ones. Frame Use a minimum of 1 x 4 for the door frame. The lighter a door is, the easier it will be to build, maintain, and use. However, you […]

## How to install roof decking

Intro to Roof Decking How to install  4 x 8 sheets to a roof for decking. This simple procedure works the same for the thinnest 7/16″ OSB to the the thickest 3/4″ CDX. The main priority for anything to do with a roof is safety. If you are not familiar with climbing, then you should […]

## Use app to square up layouts

Step by step instructions for squaring up layouts using the Feet and inch construction calculator app. Click on the hamburger in the top left corner to open the wizard menu. Select the diagonal wizard. Use the calculator to enter the value for Side 1. Click the equals button. Use the calculator to enter the value […]

## Step Treads for Wooden Deck Staircase

How to install or replace step treads on outside stairs.  Determine the best size material for every situation and learn to turn them the best way. Stair Treads Each step must be a minimum of an 11″ deep tread according to the 2012 International Residential Code. This is also the case for most every other […]

## Nails vs Screws for treated decks

Preparing to build your own deck from pressure treated lumber?  Here are some things to consider before deciding whether or not to use nails or screws. Nails If the deck will be inspected, then use the proper nails. Nails are faster. Nails are cheaper. Even though this pretty much sums it up, there are cases […]

## Understanding the Square Footage of a House

How to quickly and easily calculate how many square feet are in a house. Learn what to count and what not to count and where to measure. Here is my free Android app. Square Feet To solve for area for a rectangle, you simply multiply the width by the length. Sometimes, solving for the square […]

## The Dirty Work Construction Calculator

Master construction math like a pro with this free and easy app. It handles feet and inches, and is loaded with step by step functions like rafters, stairs, and squaring up. Click here to get the free app. Introduction The most common type of dimension used by construction professionals is formatted in feet, inches, and […]

## Gazebo Calculator

Calculate the gazebo lay out, the length of the sides, the length of the the center rafter, and the length of the hips. Based on the width of the gazebo and the pitch of the roof, this tool automatically returns critical information. Lay out The layout dimension is based on what to measure off each […]

## Gravel Calculator | How many tons do I need?

How many tons of gravel do I need?  This calculator solves for the cubic yards but returns the number of tons based on 2,800 lbs. per yard. Round up to the nearest foot in the length and width boxes, and the same thing just use inches in the depth box to instantly get a result […]