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    On the Job

    Truss-rolling; cheap clamps; easy bullnose corner

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    Foolproof Layout For Winding Stairs

    While new stair codes have made winders more complicated to build, full-scale layout eliminates the guesswork.

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    Getting Pipe Staging Right

    A contractor who depends on frame scaffolding for daily production relates some basic rules for safe setup and use.

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    Stair-Building Tools

    Manufacturers have developed specialized tools for laying out, cutting, drilling, and installing stair parts. Here's a close look at how they work on site.

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    Lightweight pneumatic hose; paint for fiber cement; wet-dry central vac; landscaping products; metal stairs; fire prevention products

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    Fitting the Main Stair to the Entry

    All stairs, from the humblest flight of cellar stairs to the most elegant curved entryway stairs, share the same broad functional requirements: to provide safe and comfortable passage from one level of a house to another.

  • Protecting Existing Finishes

    A high-end remodeler describes his simple system for protecting existing surfaces and new work with hardboard, tape, plastic sheeting, and other inexpensive materials.

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    Design: Front Porches That Work

    Inviting front porches

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    Running a Production Trim Business

    An interior trim carpenter whose company specializes in servicing large national builders tells how to produce a high-quality interior finish quickly and efficiently.

  • Q&A: Bending a Base Cap

    Q. I was recently asked to add a cherry base cap along the finished stringer of a custom staircase that makes a broad sweeping curve along the wall in several places. What's the best way to make this molding? Should I use a softer, more pliable wood and s