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Other stories by Martin Holladay

  • Q&A: Finding the Center of a Circle

    Q: If I am presented with a portion of a circle (an arc), how can I determine the size (diameter) of the circle that the arc is part of?

  • Q&A: Estimating Software for Pole Buildings

    Q: I recently had the opportunity to bid on a pole building. Do any software companies sell estimating software for post-frame construction?

  • Choosing a Sheathing Wrap

    We take a look at the key differences between housewrap, asphalt felt, and kraft building paper to help you make the right choice.

  • Undermount Sinks

    As stone and solid-surface counters have become more popular, so have undermount sinks. Here’s an overview of what’s available and what it takes to ensure a successful installation.

  • Builder's Guide to Vinyl Siding

    Though manufacturers are improving the appearance of vinyl siding and making claims of greater durability, builders must choose the right product and install it carefully. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Backfill: A Concrete Slab for Y3K

    A temple built to last a thousand years

  • Engineered Exterior Trim

    A wide range of engineered wood, plastic, and fiber-cement trim products are available for builders who are considering alternatives to solid lumber.

  • Builder Time Bombs

    These common oversights will lead to early building failure.

  • Installing Direct-Vent Space Heaters

    Proper installation of these fan-assisted units can provide comfortable, energy-efficient heat in room additions and small dwellings.

  • Working With Vinyl Windows

    In recent years, solid vinyl windows have moved from the replacement window market into new construction of every price range. Here’s a guide to selecting vinyl windows, including installation tips and pitfalls to avoid.