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Siding with slate
Q. We're working on a 120-year-old house that still has its original standing-seam metal roof. A roof painter told the owner that this roof has 50 years of useful life left. Can a metal roof really last 170 years?
Q. If a copper water pipe is in contact with the metal sheathing of BX cable, can that contact cause the cable to corrode?
Dependable rural water supply starts with sizing the pump and using high-quality fittings. A master plumber explains the details.
Q: Can copper roofing be installed over SIP roof panels? I have heard that high temperatures under copper roofing might damage the SIPs.
Although manufacturers of PEX tubing tout its many advantages, most plumbers still prefer copper
A design-builder explains how he laid out, framed, and finished a large archtopped bumpout in a conventional gable roof.
Gold leaf roofing
Q: In the April 2000 issue of JLC (Letters), Rex Cauldwell recommended treating acidic water that eats copper pipe. Our water has a pH of 6.2 and definitely eats copper. What kind of water treatment equipment do I need? retrofit; painting interior brick
The fight against sprawl; new labor-saving copper fittings; borate-treated lumber wards off termites; L-shaped headers for steel framing; more
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