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  • Q&A: Reliability of Low-Flow Toilets

    Q: My remodeling customers are frequently skeptical when I replace their old 5-gallon toilets with 1.6-gallon toilets. They have heard of problems like "skid marks," multiple flushes, and so forth. Also, the word I have heard from the field is that pressure-assisted toilets create more problems...

  • Plumbing Pitfalls For Bathroom Remodels

    From corroded pipes and antique fixtures to limited access and impossible working conditions, bath remodels in older homes present a variety of budget-busting obstacles. Here’s a checklist of the most common problem areas.

  • Q&A: Treated Lumber’s Moisture Content

    Q: What is the moisture content of treated lumber? The treated lumber I use seems very wet, but it carries a grading stamp that lists the moisture content at 19%.

  • Letters

    OSHA rule on ridgehook ladders, plastic vs. copper plumbing, more on moment frames

  • Kitchen and Bath: Upgrading Kitchen Wiring

    Estimating electrical work

  • Plastic Plumbing Comes of Age

    Ten years of problems with polybutylene piping have made contractors wary of using plastic pipe for domestic water supply. That’s a mistake, according to this plumbing contractor, who has plumbed residential water systems successfully for 15 years using cross-linked polyethylene tubing.

  • Q&A: Service Panel Surge Protection

    Q: Does a surge protector installed in the service panel eliminate the need for individual surge protectors throughout the house?

  • Q&A: Push-In Connections on Receptacles

    Q: Many of the receptacles I use have push-in connectors on the back. Does a push-in connection perform as well as the side-mounted screw terminal connection?

  • Q&A: Is Romex Getting Smaller?

    Q: After my electrician finished rough wiring the last house I built, I noticed that the Romex (NM) wire he used seemed to have a thinner profile, and the individual wires seemed smaller in diameter than what I was used to. Is the copper wire (or the insulation) getting smaller, or is it just my...

  • Skylight Options and Accessories

    The difference between one skylight and another is in the details. Here’s an overview of add-ons for roof windows.