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Accounting:

accrual vs. cash, and cost analysis, JAN:53

BuildWorks Basic and Quicken for accounting, FEB:37

profit and loss statements, JUN:43

Adhesives:

new glue replaces mortar (P), MAY:25

new plywood glue has no formaldehyde (P), SEP:29

Affordable housing, new rules in N.J. controversial, MAR:25

Air conditioning. See HVAC.

Air quality. See Indoor air quality.

Architecture: See also Design.

architects' responsibility for code, AUG:61; (L), NOV:21

Chinese post-and-beam house, JUN:160

draftsman uses deceased boss's license, AUG:29

Basements. See Foundations.

Bathrooms: See also Showers; Toilets.

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

faucet defect lawsuit, OCT:31

K/BIS show product highlights*, SEP:101

Bracing, brick wall support for wide-door installation*, JUN:55

Building standards. See Code, building.

Business: See also Accounting; Customers; Employees; Estimating; Legal; Marketing.

bidding system for large jobs*, JUN:93

builders help homeless, AUG:29

handyman business model choices, SEP:62

handyman service, operating, MAR:61; (L), JUL:19

impact fees rising, MAR:25

importance of operating legally, FEB:47

job journal for documentation, AUG:67

labor-hours, tracking with Excel pivot tables*, MAR:135

managing remodeling projects, APR:33

materials supply and prices, MAY:25

maturation via attitude shifts, OCT:63

newsletter for client contact, NOV:65

preconstruction checklist to avoid problems*, SEP:93

remodeling cost grid and customer expectations, JUL:61

retirement issues, MAY:63

tax break for construction, DEC:29

tracking income with spreadsheet, MAR:66

unlicensed contractors in Ariz., FEB:21; (L), APR:13

Carbon monoxide. See Heating, gas; HVAC.

Carpet, over radiant slab (Q), APR:29

Ceramic tile:

backsplash design guidelines, SEP:117

for breezeway floor (Q), MAY:33

setting toilet over (Q), APR:29

shower bench, installing, NOV:123

Charitable practice, developer helps homeless, AUG:29

Chimneys, concrete cap for*, MAY:89

Code, building:

and N.J. investigative report, MAY:25; (L), AUG:21; (L), NOV:21

architects' responsibility for code, AUG:61; (L), NOV:21

energy code criticized by DOE, APR:21; (L): JUL:19; (L), OCT:21

IBC in Calif., JUN:25

SIPs prescriptive method in development, MAR:25

supporting (L), JAN:19

unvented attics and code, MAY:25

Compressors, tandem (L), FEB:17

Computers. See Computer software; Internet.

Computer software:

BuildWorks Basic and Quicken for accounting, FEB:37

Excel pivot tables for tracking labor-hours*, MAR:135

Concrete:

adapted for toboggans, APR:160

bowed basement wall problem (Q), AUG:45

curing in hot weather (Q), JAN:37

exposed aggregrate*, JAN:77

glue as mortar replacement (P), MAY:25

ICF swimming pool, OCT:176

piers, smooth finish for, AUG:53

pool survives landslide, MAY:25

Conservation. See Environment; Green building.

Contracts. See Legal.

Crawlspaces:

flooring choices in humid climates and (Q), JUL:35

free design guide for unvented, DEC:29

in attic, FEB:128

LVL rot in crawlspaces (Q), SEP:43

Customers, expectations and remodeling cost grid, JUL:61

Decks: See also Framing, decks; Porches.

prefab galvanized hardware for rail-post connections*, FEB:65; (L), APR:13; (L), MAY:19; (L), JUN:15

protecting during construction, DEC:47

resisting rot, details for*, APR:77

wood-plastic composite decking and rot and decay (L), DEC:19

Design: See also Architects.

bay window guidelines, JUL:49

eaves and rake details, MAR:49

enclosing a porch, NOV:53

interior trim, MAY:53

Developers:

homeowners associations lawsuits and, FEB:21

impact fees rising, MAR:25

Doors:

pocket-door installation trick, AUG:53

protecting in wet climates*, SEP:83

wide-door installation and brick-wall support*, JUN:55

Drainage. See Foundations; Exteriors; Moisture.

Drywall:

installing on knee walls (Q), SEP:43

layering for decorative effect*, SEP:111

vertical installation of (Q), JAN:37

Electrical:

adjustable electrical box, NOV:45

number of receptacles per circuit (Q), SEP:43

sprinklers mandated, MAY:25; (L), OCT:21; (L), NOV:21

stray voltage in swimming pool (L), JAN:19

structured wiring for home automation*, MAY:97; (L), SEP:19

surge arrestor and good customer service (L), AUG:21

two-wire circuits, bringing to code (Q), NOV:39

Employees:

firing legally, JUN:49

hiring with group interviews, APR:33

Hispanic, in trades (L), FEB:17

interviewing by crew members, DEC:51

labor shortage and minorities (L), APR:13; (L), JUN:15; (L), JUL:19

learning Spanish for the job site*, AUG:113; (L), OCT:21; (L), DEC:19

military service and, JAN:61

need for trade schools (L), FEB:17; (L), APR:13

overtime pay laws, APR:45

Spanish-speaking, and handbooks for (Q), NOV:39

theft problems, preventing, OCT:63

Energy: See also Solar power.

code amendments criticized by DOE, APR:21; (L), JUL:19; (L), OCT:21

conference, MAR:25

Energy Policy Act of 2005 incentives, OCT:31

Engineered lumber: See also Lumber.

cupped LVL (L), JAN:19

I-joists with plywood webs (Q), OCT:45

LVL rot in crawlspaces (Q), SEP:43

Environment: See also Green building; Solar power.

biodiesel truck fuel, AUG:152

Calif. energy-efficient lighting law and builders' costs, JAN:25

developer/environmentalist lawsuit, APR:21

waterfront project and lawsuit, JAN:25

Estimating:

job-costing for accurate, MAY:41

unit-cost assemblies for, FEB:30

Exteriors: See also Gutters.

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

curved trim, installing*, MAY:81

flashing details for flanged windows*, JUN:65; (L), SEP:19; (L), OCT:21

glazed cupola, shop-built, installation*, NOV:97

manufactured stone over ICFs*, JUL:109

manufactured-stone veneer and moisture problems (L), MAR:19

permanent coatings, JAN:25

stairs, building with housed-stringer method*, NOV:115

vapor barrier behind brick veneer (L), MAR:19

Fasteners: See also Anchors.

connectors, free training kit, NOV:27

for MDF products (Q), AUG:45

Finish carpentry:

closet assembly and installation with melamine*, JUN:75

dado blades for drawer boxes, SEP:51

manufactured bullnose corners, JUL:41

Fireplaces:

masonry heaters (L), MAR:19

surround design for, JAN:43

Fire restoration. See Insurance restoration.

Flashing:

details for flanged window installation*, JUN:65; (L), SEP:19; (L), OCT:21

pan flashing for stone sill, NOV:45

Floor finishes, peeling from hardwood (Q), DEC:39

Flooring: See also Floor finishes.

hardwood, refinishing (Q), MAY:33

laminate choices and tips*, FEB:81

over crawlspace in humid climate (Q), JUL:35

Foundations: See also Crawlspaces; Slabs.

adding window in block foundation (Q), APR:29

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

bowed basement wall problem (Q), AUG:45

cement shortage, OCT:31

lally columns replace masonry piers in basement, OCT:51

mat foundation for beach house*, OCT:93; (L), DEC:19

plastic footing form and perimeter drain*, MAR:113

walk-out basement addition, supporting brick veneer for*, MAR:81

wet basements and interior perimeter drainage*, DEC:77

Framing: See also Framing, deck; Framing, roof.

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

curved portico with full-scale layout and synthetic millwork*, DEC:57

header detail, DEC:47

SIP floors, installing*, APR:67

SIPs prescriptive method in development, MAR:25

Framing, deck:

accounting for snow loads (L), NOV:21

prefab galvanized hardware for rail-post connections*, FEB:65; (L), APR:13; (L), MAY:19; (L), JUN:15; (L) AUG:21

Framing, roof:

barrel-vault ceilings*, AUG:75

cathedral hip roof (L), FEB:17

stick-framed with timber rafter tails*, SEP:73; (L), NOV:21; (L), DEC:19

truss-rolling trick, JUL:41

Glue. See Adhesives.

Green building: See also Environment.

grass-topped roofing, MAY:160

programs with residential factors (L), MAR:19

Gutters, integral, in rafter tail add-on, SEP:73; (L), NOV:21

Handyman business:

operating, MAR:61; (L), JUL:19

to specialize or not, SEP:62

Heating and cooling, ground-source heat pumps and direct-exchange technology*, FEB:73; (L), JUN:15

Heating, gas:

CO death and defective plastic vent pipe, APR:21; (L), JUN:15

CO death findings and new legislation, JUL:27

CO scare with snow-covered vent pipes (L), AUG:21

gas fireplace recall, SEP:29

unvented heaters and asthma study, MAR:25

Heating, hydronic, and radiant tubing leak (Q), JUN:37

Home inspection, privatization in Houston, FEB:21

Housing market:

boom and affordability, AUG: 29

insights on real estate boom, JUL:27

second home sales on rise, JUN:25

Hurricanes: See also Wind.

Fla. roof woes from '04, JUN:25

Fla. wall moisture problems from '04, JAN:25

Katrina: one carpenter's story, NOV:27

Katrina's damage estimates, OCT:31

new products and, FEB:21

strength of framing lumber after flooding (Q), NOV:39

stucco homes and water intrusion from '04*, JUL:79; (L), SEP:19

tarp costs, DEC:29

HVAC: See also Heating; Ventilation.

air conditioner noise and soundproofing (Q), JUN:37

air conditioning for humid climates (L), JAN:19, MAR:19

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

CO death and defective plastic vent pipe, APR:21; (L), JUN:15

CO death findings and new legislation, JUL:27

CO scare with snow-covered vent pipes (L), AUG:21

energy performance conference, MAR:25

ground-source heat pumps, direct-exchange technology and*, FEB:73; (L), JUN:15

Ice buildup, roof repair and prevention of, APR:21; (L), JUL:19

Indoor air quality:

fumes in living space from attached garage (Q), OCT:45

removing cigarette-smoke odor (Q), JUL:35

unvented heaters and asthma study, MAR:25

Insulation, best method for kneewalls (Q), SEP:43

Insurance: See also Business.

health savings accounts for cost savings, SEP:57

homeowners' and remodeling coverage, NOV:65

roofers not providing workers' comp in Fla., NOV:27

title-company settlement refunds to homeowners, JUL:27

workers' comp reform in Texas, SEP:29

Insurance restoration:

advice on getting into*, FEB:91; (L), APR:13

assessing and repairing fire-damaged homes*, MAR:123; (L), JUN:15

Interiors:

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

finishing closets with melamine*, JUN:75

pocket-door installation trick, AUG:53

wallpaper prep (Q), AUG:45; (L), OCT:21; (L), DEC:19

Internet, via WiFi network, OCT:51

Jigs, cabinet pull layout, APR:13

Job sites, sandy, wooden walkway for working on, DEC:47

Kitchens:

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

K/BIS show product highlights*, SEP:101

tile backsplashes, SEP:117

Laser levels. See Tools & Equipment.

Lawsuits:

Chicago porch collapse countersuit, MAR:25

environmental suit in Texas, APR:21

faucet defect suit, OCT:31

homeowners associations sue developers, FEB:21

lead paint suit and pamphlet rule enforced by penalty, NOV:27

safety inspection dispute in Wash., FEB:21

title insurer settlement refunds to homeowners, JUL:27

water damage suit and torn-down house, NOV:27

waterfront project and arcane law, JAN:25

Lead paint:

hazard is real (L), JAN:19

lawsuit; pamphlet rule enforced by penalty, NOV:27

Legal: See also Business; Insurance; Lawsuits.

architects' responsibility for code, AUG:61; (L), NOV:21

builder arrested for violating housing codes, APR:21

buy-sell agreements, SEP:67

Calif. energy-efficient lighting law and builders' costs, JAN:25

CO death findings and new legislation, JUL:27

contracts, breach of, MAR:71

dispute over retaining wall, MAR:25

eminent domain ruling by Supreme Court, AUG:29

firing employees legally, JUN:49

HBA and zoning dispute in Ore., APR:21

job journal for documentation, AUG:67

mold issues, NOV:73

overtime pay laws, APR:45

retirement and closing a business, MAY:63

Spanish-speaking, and employee handbooks for (Q), NOV:39

Liability. See Legal.

Lighting, law in Calif., JAN:25

Lumber: See also Engineered lumber.

framing, strength after flood waters (Q), NOV:39

strength and age (Q), JAN:37

trading Web site, OCT:31

Marketing: See also Business.

marketing plan for stronger business*, NOV:105

VW bugs as advertising vehicle, DEC:29

Masonry, cleaning brick, SEP:51

Materials:

lumber supplier with builder focus, SEP:29

supply and prices, MAY:25

Moisture: See also Mold.

door and window protection in wet climates*, SEP:83

LVL rot in crawlspaces (Q), SEP:43

vapor barrier behind brick veneer (L), MAR:19

Mold, and legal issues, NOV:73

Nailers:

coil framing, test and comparison*, DEC:67

cordless finish, comparison*, APR:87

high-pressure, review, JAN:119

paper-collated clipped-head, review*, MAR:91

pneumatic, tuning up*, JUN:85

round-head framing, review, OCT:157

Paints and finishes:

oil-based, present status and future of*, JAN:97

prep and technique for cedar shingles (Q), MAY:33

recycling latex, AUG:29

waterborne lacquer, spraying with pressure pot*, OCT:127

Photovoltaics. See Solar power.

Plumbing:

air-admittance vents, installing, JUN:103

problem-solving devices*, NOV:89

Porches, design for enclosing, NOV:53

Radon, informational resource (L), JAN:19

Recycled materials. See Salvage.

Remodeling:

assessing and repairing fire-damaged homes*, MAR:123; (L), JUN:15

cost grid and customer expectations, JUL:61

dust-control system, NOV:45

garage with sculptural steel columns and beams for wide-span floor*, OCT:107

insurance coverage from clients' policy, NOV:65

insurance restoration, advice on getting into*, FEB:91; (L), APR:13

lifting house and raising ceilings*, MAY:71

project management for, APR:33

roof demo with crane, OCT:51

understair pantry, DEC:47

Roofing:

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

asphalt, and nail pops (Q), OCT:45

BUR hot-mop, materials and installation*, FEB:55; (L), MAY:19

grass-topped, MAY:160

post-hurricane roof woes in Fla., JUN:25

slate, new batten and clip system for*, JUL:68

solar, JUN:37

Roofs. See Framing, roofs.

Safety, job-site:

cautionary first-hand stories*, AUG:95; (L), OCT:21

circ saw blade-guard recall, JUL:27

gas fireplace recall, SEP:29

inspection dispute in Wash., FEB:21

magazine covers criticized (L), DEC:19

table saw recall, MAR:25

Salvage, latex paint recycling, AUG:29

Saws:

circular saw blade-guard recall, JUL:27

circular saw review, SEP:129

cordless jigsaw review, APR:131

dado blades for drawer boxes, SEP:51

miter, with laser, DEC:105

reciprocating saw review, AUG:137

table saw recall, MAR:25

wormdrive, review, JUL:131

Scaffolding, frame, or "pipe," erecting correctly*, JAN:85

Septic, problems with new systems, NOV:27

Shelter, job-site, geodesic dome for, JAN:144

Showers:

tiled bench, installing, NOV:123

waterproofing system for, APR:105

Siding:

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

manufactured stone over ICFs*, JUL:109

manufactured-stone veneer and moisture problems (L), MAR:19

underlayment beneath cedar shakes (Q), NOV:39

vinyl installer's certification program (L), OCT:21

SIPs. See Framing.

Sitework:

compact excavator, purchasing pros and cons*, AUG:87

plastic footing form and perimeter drain*, MAR:113

Slabs:

exposed aggregrate*, JAN:77

post-tensioned design explained (Q), JUL:35

post-tensioned, precautions for tearing out (Q), MAR:43; (L), JUN:15

radiant, carpet over (Q), APR:29

Smart house, prefabricated utility wall, FEB:21

Software. See Computer software.

Solar power:

college design and build competition, DEC:29

photovoltaic system, sizing and installing*, MAR:103

PV modules in place of roof shingles (Q), JUN:37

water heating systems*, OCT:79

Soundproofing:

air conditioner noise and (Q), JUN:37

condo common walls and (Q), DEC:39

Spanish-speaking employees. See Employees.

Sprinklers. See Electrical.

Staging. See Scaffolding.

Stairs:

box newel design, construction, and installation*, AUG:105

exterior, with housed-stringer method*, NOV:115

full-scale layout for winders*, APR:55

three-story continuous handrail, DEC:120

Steel, braces for wide door installation*, JUN:55

Storage, understair pantry, DEC:47

Structural:

brick wall support for wide-door installation*, JUN:55

Chicago porch collapse countersuit, MAR:25

concrete piers, smooth finish for, AUG:53

lifting house and raising ceilings*, MAY:71

prefab galvanized hardware for deck connections*, FEB:65; (L), APR:13; (L), MAY:19; (L), JUN:15; (L) AUG:21

sculptural steel columns and beams for wide-span floor*, OCT:107

soffit vents and load transfer (Q), MAR:43

walk-out basement addition, supporting brick veneer for*, MAR:81

Stucco:

trim, rehabbing with rainproofing details*, OCT:119

walls and water intrusion from hurricanes*, JUL:79; (L), SEP:19

Theft, problems with employees, preventing, OCT:63

Tile. See Ceramic tile.

Toilets: See also Plumbing.

low-flow flush tests and soy test media, SEP:152

setting over tile (Q), APR:29

Tools & Equipment: See also Compressors; Jigs; Nailers; Saws.

annual innovative product picks*, JUL:91

biodiesel truck fuel, AUG:152

chalk lines and ink lines review (P), APR:131

clamps for column install, JUL:41

compact excavator, purchasing pros and cons*, AUG:87

demolition hammer review, FEB:115

door planer overview and comparison*, JUL:101

drywall screw-gun review, MAR:173

laser level, self-leveling, review (P), APR:131

laser plumb-bob review, JUN:130

layup table, expandable, and saw guide, review, NOV:135

mini skid-steer loaders, MAY:107

rotary hammers, combination, test and comparison*, NOV:79

rotary hammers, compact, test and comparison*, MAY:107

satellite radio truck setup, JUL:144

table saw recall, MAR:25

truck tailgate-related deaths, JUN:15

Trim, exterior:

cellular PVC, compressive strength of (Q), DEC:39

installation of curved*, MAY:81

Trim, interior: See also Finish carpentry; Interiors.

designing with, MAY:53

traditional for windows*, DEC:85

Ventilation. See HVAC; Indoor air quality.

Ventilation, roof:

attic mold and (L), FEB:17

ridge vents and wind (Q), JUN:37

soffit vents and load transfer (Q), MAR:43; (L), JUL:19

unvented attics and code, MAY:25

Vinyl. See Siding.

Water heaters:

efficiency of (L), FEB:17

hot-water recirculation loop, AUG:121

solar systems*, OCT:79

Waterproofing:

guidelines from Fla. builders' group, MAR:25; (L), JUN:15

pan flashing for stone sill, NOV:45

Wildfires, risks and Calif. response, JAN:25

Wind: See also Hurricanes.

tornadoes, resisting with structural connections (L), JAN:19

Windows:

adding in block foundation (Q), APR:29

bay, design guidelines for, JUL:49

flanged, flashing installation details*, JUN:65; (L), SEP:19; (L), OCT:21

impact-resistant, energy ratings for (L), JAN:19

protecting from moisture*, SEP:83

traditional trim for*, DEC:85

traditional wood, installing to prevent failure*, APR:93

Workers' compensation. See Insurance.

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