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More stories about Floats

  • On the Job

    Avoiding plaster disaster; a floating sink

  • Fixing Voids in Engineered Flooring

    Q. A subcontractor glued down 4 1/2-inch-wide plank engineered flooring on a concrete slab-on-grade using flooring adhesive applied with a V-notch trowel. But the instructions on the bucket indicated that a 1/4-inch square notched trowel should have been

  • Choosing Laminate Flooring

    Laminate flooring looks better than ever and is easy to install, but you have to select the right product for a durable installation.

  • Floating a Mud Bed for Ceramic Tile

    When it comes to flattening an old, irregular floor, there's still nothing like mud.

  • Products

    Quick hanger for heavy loads; vent-boot for the color conscious; solar-activated attic fan; spray-on roof patch; foundation crack repair kit; mortarless retaining wall; clear cement caulk; sound-reducing underlayment; premolded skylight curb flashing; more

  • Top Quality Three-Coat Stucco

    A veteran stucco contractor and industry expert describes the ingredients that make for a durable, trouble-free exterior.

  • Skim-Coat Plaster

    A thin coat of plaster over gypsum blueboard provides the hard, durable, hand-troweled finish of traditional plaster at a reasonable cost. A Connecticut plasterer and finish carpenter describes the proper tools, materials, and techniques.

  • Floating Floor Options

    Floating floors offer some advantages over conventional hardwood strip flooring: They’re more dimensionally stable, come prefinished, and because they’re laminated, are available in wood species that would be cost-prohibitive in full-thickness flooring. Here’s a survey of what’s available.

  • Grouting Ceramic Tile

    A master tilesetter shows how to select, mix, and apply grout for a longlasting and attractive tile job.

  • Aluminum Trim for Vinyl Siding

    Brake-bent aluminum coil stock makes for crisp, durable trim details at windows, doors, and fascia. A Pennsylvania vinyl siding contractor reveals the tricks of the metalworking trade.