Benjamin Hardy

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JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Low-Flow Toilets 101

The EPA declares that an estimated 4. 8 billion gallons of water are flushed down the toilet every day. According to the American Water Works Association, the average household uses 20 to...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
LEED Green Building Certification for Homes

LEED, the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program, has long been the only standard for environmentally designed commercial b...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Using Glass Tile for a Handcrafted Look

Glass tile is gaining in popularity over ceramic tile as the surface of choice in home tiling projects. Although typically more expensive than ceramic tile, glass tile adds a handcrafted,...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
The Internet-Enabled Home

It’s hard to imagine a house without the Internet, which is being leveraged in more ways by the home’s subsystems, appliances, and plugged-in products to enable remote access, integrated ...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Automation for the Smart Home

Like any system, home automation is available on a variety of levels—from the simple to the complex, the ready-to-install to the professionally configured, the inexpensive to the extravag...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Home Automation Alliances

Home automation systems must talk to one another, but how they do it can vary from company to company and product to product. On the most basic level, communications are relayed via wirin...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Gutters 101

When shopping for a gutter system, a homeowner will have to choose among a variety of materials, including aluminum, galvanized steel, vinyl, copper, and wood. Installers price gutter sys...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Garage Workshop Foundation and Slab

As with any structure, a new garage foundation plays a crucial role in the integrity of the building above: A quality foundation will last many years, but a poorly laid one can cause many...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Fiber Cement Siding

Fiber-cement siding is an alternative to real wood, engineered wood, and vinyl siding options. Although fiber cement has endured some largely unwarranted criticism concerning moisture iss...

JULY 9, 2013 | TUESDAY
Enhanced Plywood and Subfloor Products

Plywood vs. OSBWhen plywood was developed to replace solid-board sheathing for subfloors and decking, builders were generally reluctant to switch to the new product, which ultimately beca...