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    Overall, the state of the construction industry is improving. Many builders and remodelers are learning, either out of interest or coercion, about building science and how to apply it. Here are 10 secrets that will keep you ahead of the game.

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    Time-tested, inexpensive, and easy to apply, composition ornament is a handy way to add richness and detail to your work.

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    Buckminster Fuller popularized the geodesic dome. He even lived in one himself. But although Bucky's dome home has many things to commend it, being watertight is not one of them.

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    In solving the mystery of an ongoing but elusive leak in a Colorado roof, Steve Clisset sees how a tiny leak can cause major problems.