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More stories about Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

  • Q&A: Spray Foam for Foundations?

    Q: The specs for spray-applied urethane foam insulation say that it does not absorb water (hydrophobic). So why is it never used on the outside of foundations?

  • Toolbox: Cordless Drill for Tight Corners

    A cordless drill for tight corners

  • Products

    Temporary dust curtain, plastic Romex connectors, aluminum roofing toeboards, whole-house ventilation system, quick-drying caulk, stainable vinyl windows, non-toxic PVC cement

  • Resources: Radiant Heating Guide

    Radiant heating primer, masonry veneer guide, user-friendly UBC Index

  • Notebook

    Soil erosion on job sites under scrutiny, 2x4 vs. 2x6 wall framing study, opposition to pay-if-paid laws growing

  • Notebook

    States ponder adoption of Model Energy Code, on-line building permits, foam adhesives for roof sheathing, true cost of comp claims

  • Prep Work for Clear Finishes

    Clear finishes magnify any imperfections in the wood underneath. For a top-notch job, knowing how to sand, stain, and fill the raw wood is more than half the battle.

  • Products

    Cordless drywall cutout tool, mortar gun for masonry joints, hammer-in chemical anchors, new roof rail bracket

  • Resources: Tax Planning

    Income tax guides and Web sites

  • For What It's Worth

    Low-temperature paint, mahogany-veneered glulams, antivibration gloves, prefab job-site office