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  • IOWA

    DES MOINES—The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) has upped the maximum award total to $700,000 from $600,000 in its 2008 qualified allocation plan (QAP).

  • Small Town Dollars Pack Big Punch

    Davenport, Iowa— This city doesn’t get much money from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, but officials here make sure what they do receive gets them the biggest bang for their buck when it comes to housing.

  • How To Charge For Overhead

    Forget material markups: This method, successfully practiced for 20 years by an Iowa remodeler, assigns overhead and profit expense to billed time on the job.

  • Letters

    Water heater abuse, architectural abbreviations, collapsed glazing, bid language, artesian well valve, asphalt shingle quality

  • Portable Miter-Saw Stands

    A remodeler evaluates nine dedicated portable miter-saw stands for versatility, ease of transport, and ability to stand up to hard knocks on the job site.

  • Letters

    Airtight homes, cash accounting, woodshop noise, drilling holes in I-joists, more

  • Problem-Solving Cabinets

    Besides providing storage and organization, manufactured cabinets are enhancing the appearance of every room in the house.

  • Letters

    Cutting trusses, frost-protected posts, ERVs vs. HRVs, foil-faced foam, more

  • Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete

    There’s more to concrete than water, cement, sand, and stone. An experienced batch plant manager talks about the admixtures that help you match the mix to the job.

  • Retrofitting a Skylight in a Truss Roof

    An Iowa remodeler tells how he was able to retrofit a skylight into an existing truss roof by redistributing the roof loads.