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More stories about Floats

  • Faster Drywall Finishing with No-Coat

    If you finish your own drywall on small jobs, these innovative corner tapes could make life a lot easier. Here’s a hands-on evaluation from the job site.

  • Mortar Bed Shower Floors

    Curbed tile shower pans have to be watertight. A veteran tile contractor shows how careful detailing of a waterproof membrane and special drain makes for a trouble-free shower floor.

  • Patching Stucco

    Making durable patches in stucco finishes is as much art as science. A veteran stucco contractor shows how to use dry dusting, fog coats, and trowel mix plastering both to repair damaged stucco and to blend new stucco work with old.

  • Preventing Tile Failures

    When a tile job fails, it’s easy to blame the materials. But in most cases, shoddy workmanship is the culprit. A tile expert lays out the trouble spots and tells how to prevent problems.

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  • Hanging And Finishing Drywall

    It’s sometimes difficult to schedule a drywall sub for small jobs. This remodeler avoids the problem by estimating, hanging, and finishing his own drywall. Here’s how he does it.

  • Membranes for Ceramic Tile

    Tile may shed water, but a tile job is not waterproof. A master tilesetter explains how to use trowel-applied and sheet membranes to protect against leaks.

  • Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

    Prefinished flooring won’t create a bottleneck in your schedule because it doesn’t need sanding or finishing. A flooring contractor sorts through the available options and gives tips on installation.

  • Q&A: Insulated Wood Floor Over Concrete

    Q: We are looking for a detail for laying a wood floor over a previously uninsulated slab. What’s the best way to go about this?

  • Laying Wood Floors Over Concrete Slabs

    Wood flooring can “warm up” a cold concrete slab — but moisture is an ever-present concern. A leading flooring expert shows how his system of vapor barriers and a floating plywood subfloor produces a perfect job every time.