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  • Fast Closets With Melamine

    Dadoes and pocket screws make strong, tight joints, while pre-edged material saves labor.

  • WIP Your Company Into Shape

    How often has this happened to you: After what looks like a really good month, you go out and buy an expensive piece of equipment, like a truck. Then the following month is a really bad one, and you wish you hadn't.

  • Resources: Plain-Language Shear Wall Guide

    Shear wall guide for carpenters

  • Sexual Harassment Liability Extends to Subs

    Okay, here's the situation: You've hired a female carpenter, and while your guys are cool, she's having trouble with the suppliers and the subs. Could you be in trouble if you don't do something about that?

  • Using Cost Books for Estimating

    As moderator of the estimating forum at, I'm often asked if cost books are a reliable way to get cost figures to use for estimating. There are many cost books available, updated yearly, by RS Means, Craftsman, BNI, Saylor's, HomeTech, and others.

  • Legal: What If the Owner Wants to Hire a Sub?

    What if the homeowner wants to bring a sub on the job?

  • Q&A: Detecting Live Romex

    Q. I'm a remodeler and often work around existing wiring. What's the most practical and inexpensive tool for detecting live current in either romex or wire in a metal conduit? Can you detect current inside the conduit without opening the conduit?

  • Resources: Building Energy-Smart Homes

    Building energy-smart homes

  • Legal: Death of a Contractor

    Death of a contractor

  • Finding Core Value

    Seven out of 10 builder executives identified entrepreneurial spirit as their main path. The larger of the companies, though, showed a preference for process and metrics, which Katzenbach said was a good thing.