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    In recent years, solid vinyl windows have moved from the replacement window market into new construction of every price range. Here’s a guide to selecting vinyl windows, including installation tips and pitfalls to avoid.

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  • Q&A: Dryer Vent Installation

    Q: What’s the right way to vent a dryer? The standard plastic flex-hose with the spiral wire always collects condensation and sags. There’s got to be a better way. Would metal or plastic pipe work?

  • 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.

  • Q&A: Mechanical Plumbing Vents

    Q: I saw a "rubber diaphram" device marketed as a cap for vent pipes that terminated in the attic. Its advantage was that it did not pierce the roof (highly desirable for expensive roofs like slate and tile), yet it would work to equalize pressures in the vent system. No mention of noxious gases or...

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  • Truss Roofs Production Style

    A California production framer shows how on-the-ground prep work, precut braces and blocking, and an efficient work sequence can speed truss installation.