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    If you box in a Lally column in a finished basement, does code require that you install an outlet there?

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  • Requirements for Filing a Lien

    Attorney Patrick Barthet clarifies the requirements for filing a mechanic's lien based on a recent court case.

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    That green growth on your roof might be causing expensive damage to many parts of your home.

  • Options for Figuring Overtime

    When employees are paid different wage rates for different types of work, figuring overtime pay gets complicated. In this article, HR consultant Doug Delp explains employer options under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Top 10 Building Science Secrets

    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.

  • The History of Architectural Follys

    Architectural follies are rare in North America, but these attractive yet useless structures have been a part of European culture for centuries.

  • Simple Span Beams vs. Multiple-Span Continuous Beam

    This Q&A answers the question of whether to frame a long span as two simple spans with the joists lapped over a center beam or to use one continuous joist.

  • Dealing With Thinner Gauge Ground Wire

    A licensed electrician responds to a reader’s question about how to deal with Romex wiring for a kitchen/bath remodel in a 1960s home.

  • Building a Unit Price

    The foundation of every computerized estimating system is its database of unit prices, but how do you begin to build a price? George Weissgerber outlines the process from start to finish.