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    Kitchen & Bath: Basement Bathroom Retrofit

    Up-flush basement bathroom options

     
  • Plumbing Venting Explained

    Ever wonder why the plumber insists on notching and boring the framing to run all those vent lines up through the house? A master plumber explains the whys and wherefores of venting rules, and tells how he goes beyond code minimums to avoid callbacks.

     
  • The Four-Day Bath Remodel

    A California remodeler specializing in bathroom renovations shares his secrets for producing a complete bath-room makeover in less than a week.

     
  • Notebook

    The best low-flow toilets, easing the labor shortage with the welfare-to-work program, new shear wall design, the Cadillac of scaffolding systems, support for women in construction

     
  • Using CPVC Piping for Fire Sprinklers

    Residential sprinklers systems are unobtrusive and effective, but are not usually installed because of cost. One way to make them more affordable is to use plastic piping, as described in this article by a California fire marshal.

     
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    Plumbing Pitfalls For Bathroom Remodels

    From corroded pipes and antique fixtures to limited access and impossible working conditions, bath remodels in older homes present a variety of budget-busting obstacles. Here’s a checklist of the most common problem areas.

     
  • Kitchen and Bath: The Well Tempered Toilet

    Antisweat toilet valves

     
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    Plastic Plumbing Comes of Age

    Ten years of problems with polybutylene piping have made contractors wary of using plastic pipe for domestic water supply. That’s a mistake, according to this plumbing contractor, who has plumbed residential water systems successfully for 15 years using cross-linked polyethylene tubing.

     
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    Kitchen & Bath: Venting Island Sinks

    Venting strategies for island sinks

     
  • Resources: Primers for Plumbers

    Plumbing installation guides, e-mail forums

     
  • On-Demand Water Heaters

    For occasional hot water usage, or when fixture groups are located far from a central storage tank, instantaneous or point-of-use water heaters can be an economical option.

     
  • Quick Kitchen Estimates

    Clients often want to know what their new kitchen will cost before they’ve picked cabinets or decided on countertop material — even before they’ve finalized the layout. This unit-price approach will help you produce rough estimates quickly and with a minimum of guesswork.

     
  • Installing Sprinkler Systems

    In the U.S., a residential fire starts every 68 seconds. To prevent loss of life, some municipalities are beginning to require sprinklers in new homes. Here’s what you need to know before you design and install a working system.

     
  • Fighting for Inches: A Guide to Small Bathroom Design

    Fitting all the fixtures into a usable space is the main challenge of small bath design. A house designer describes her favorite small-space floor plans.

     
  • NKBA's 27 Principles of Bath Design

    Clearances and layout guidelines for the design of safe and comfortable bathrooms.

     
  • The Safe Bathroom

    More accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. An experienced design/build contractor explains how to make the bathrooms you build safer by matching fixture layout and clearances to the physical needs of your clients.

     
  • The Dirty Dozen -- Common Plumbing Service Calls

    Take a tour with a master plumber as he makes the rounds of the twelve most common plumbing repairs.

     
  • Installing Jetted Tubs

    Jetted tubs require careful framing, easy access to the pumps and motors, and a mortar bed to dampen vibration. This step-by-step installation guide by a veteran remodeler shows you how to do it right.

     
  • Antiscald Protection for Showers

    Pressure-balancing valves are the most common way to meet antiscald requirements for showers. A master plumber tells how they work and gives tips for installing them.

     
  • Kitchen & Bath: When the Pressure's Off

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking