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Other stories by Eric%20Borden

  • Driving Down Risk

    When a 1,500-pound drop hammer is falling from 10 to 15 feet, hitting the butt of a 25-foot timber pile a few hundred times, and you have 70 or 80 piles to do, the neighbors tend to get up in arms no matter how charmingly you may have introduced yourself, notes contractor Eric Borden. His company...

  • Q&A: Clipped-Head vs. Full-Head Nails

    Q: What are the pros and cons of clipped-head versus full-head nails? Are there any framing nailers that drive both kinds?

  • Framing Nailers

    This job-site review of available stick nailers will help you in making your next purchase.

  • Flitch Beam Retrofit

    A custom remodeler tells how he and a helper used standard tools to install a three-quarter-ton steel sandwich before removing a masonry support wall for a first-story addition.

  • Waterproof Fiberglass Decks

    Roofing membranes are not the only way to protect living space located beneath exterior decks. Adapting a technique from the boat-building industry, this builder uses two-part fiberglass resin to provide a durable, watertight deck surface. Here’s a step-by-step description.