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  • Restoring a Milk Bottle-Shaped Restaurant

    A Spokane builder repairs a fire-damaged historic structure.

  • Ductless Heat Pumps

    These easily installed units offer flexible sizing and high efficiency at moderate cost.

  • Face to Facebook

    Some architects have embraced social media and telecommunications, but others struggle to discern the actual benefits.

  • Open-Joint Siding

    In the Seattle area, where I work, we get a lot of rain. From the mid-90s to the mid-2000s, there were many high-profile cases of water damage caused by improperly detailed siding, mostly on condos and other multifamily housing.

  • Scientists Predict Fewer, But Stronger, Hurricanes

  • Using Adhesives to Beef Up Houses

  • Hiding Exposed Screw Heads

    On most kitchen cabinet installations, the mounting screws are inconspicuous and the client never notices them.

  • Q&A: Buckling Soffit Boards

    Q. I have been a contractor for over 25 years, but I recently ran into a new problem. We installed a 1x8 T&G pine soffit at the eaves and under the gable overhang on a new home here in Washington State last summer. The material is select tight-knot Ponderosa pine, kiln-dried and of good quality;...

  • Q&A: Fall Protection Criteria

    Q: Your May 2001 article "Fall Protection Update" says that OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926 requires fall protection for anyone working above 6 feet. Here in Washington state, I understand that the standard applies when there is a 10-foot fall potential. What a

  • Notebook

    Arsenic and pressure-treated lumber; construction-training high school; Masonite gives up on hardboard siding; free trade in Canadian lumber; more