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  • Notebook

    Spanish on the job site; sting operations trap unlicensed contractors; insurance discounts for wind-resistant houses; contractor behind iron bars for lead paint violations

  • Notebook

    High school vo-tech programs in decline; fiber-cement roofing woes; photovoltaic glazing; faulty hvac system proves deadly; more

  • Backfill: Wide World of Grit

    NASCAR beware! Belt sander racing is on the rise

  • Q&A: Performance of Wood vs. Steel Beams in a Fire

    Q: Is it true that a wood beam is safer than a steel beam in a fire? I’ve heard that metal twists and deflects in the presence of heat, while a wood beam will withstand the heat and a great deal of fire before burning through enough to collapse.

  • Notebook

    Harvard remodeling report analyzed, up-to-the-minute satellite weather for contractors, buildings damaged by swelling coal ash, questions about masonry wall strength, older U.S. homes too leaky, skid-steer accidents, California demands lower-VOC paint

  • Crawlspace Ventilation Update

    Most crawlspaces should be carefully sealed, not ventilated. In many areas, however, the codes are still catching up with best practice.

  • Q&A: Plywood for Oceanside Decking

    Q: I’m building a wharf on a bay of the Gulf of Mexico. It is to be on 8-inch-diameter pilings with 2-by joists and cross-members. Can I use plywood for the decking? What are your recommendations?

  • Notebook

    Coping with the labor shortage, water heater failures, higher fly ash content in concrete, new home ventilation standard

  • Strictly Business: Building Referral Networks

    Strategies for increasing job referrals

  • Resources

    Construction standards, structural troubleshooting, kitchen and bath design guide, safety handbook, bar-chart scheduling, tool sharpening primer