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Staircases

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    Installing Cable Railing

    With a couple of specialty tools, you can offer this sleek look to your high-end customers.

     
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    Toolbox

    Festool RO 150 FEQ 6-inch Rotex sander; two ladder-levelers; remodeling; chain saws

     
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    Squeak-Free Stairs With Pocket-Hole Screws

    On a new-construction job it's a good idea to give the drywallers a heads up; they can cut the pieces that go on the bottom of the stringers and set them aside for installation after the stairs are finished.

     
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    License decision judged unfair; cheap fix for plywood paneling; deck-ledger brackets; more

     
  • NuRock teams with nonprofit to aid victims ofdomestic abuse

    Canton, Ga. -‘You could hang glide out here,” said affordable housing developer Rob Hoskins, referring to the open space and picturesque hills of this bedroom community located 40 miles north of Atlanta and minutes from mountains the Cherokee Indians called “The Great Blue Hills of God.”

     
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    Toolbox

    Hitachi C12LSH sliding compound miter saw; circular saws; back-savers

     
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    Framing a Spiral Staircase

    Painstaking layout made it possible to build this lighthouse stair with standard framing tools

     
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    Framing an Elliptical Staircase

    Recently, my friend Nick Ridge and I took on a job in Northern California that had an interesting challenge — an elliptical staircase with a self-supporting inside stringer.

     
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    Keeping Up With the Munsters

    Moving stairs

     
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    Making Guardrails Look Good

    An exterior guardrail presents an opportunity to explore a house's design themes in detail. All too often, designers and builders opt for an ill-considered stock railing that technically performs the guardrail function but neglects the spirit of the building it serves.

     
 
 
 
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