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  • 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?

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    Ergonomic hand-sanding block

  • Successful Fireplaces in Tight Houses

    Want to keep the fireplace from smoking your clients out of their living room? The answer lies in building a straight flue, locating the chimney in the center of the house, and controlling air pressure with makeup air.

  • Building Distinctive Decks

    A deck specialist explains the details that make his work stand apart from the competition.

  • Structural Slabs With Foam Forms

    For builders using insulated concrete forms, attaching a wood floor system is the hardest part of the job. A structural slab, by contrast, is easy to install, has excellent resistance to fire and sound transmission, and works well with radiant floor heating. Here’s a step-by-step look at both steel...

  • Avoiding Foundation Failures

    After researching more than $50 million in claims, a site investigator has compiled this list of the most costly foundation problems, along with the techniques used to prevent them.

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    Compound miter conversion kit for circular saws

  • For What It's Worth

    Rubber roof slates, nonslip eaves membrane, clapboard installation jig, hook-and-loop tape for carpet installation

  • Eight-Penny News

    Leaks in high-temperature plastic exhaust pipes, new asbestos regs coming, training architects as builders