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  • Water-Saving Dishwasher From Bosch

    Bosch. The 800 Plus dishwasher uses as little as 1.5 gallons of water per cycle, 70% less than average dishwashers, and operates at an industry-leading 180 kWh per year, according to the company. The Energy Starrated unit includes a triple filtration system; an improved load sensor; a four-part...

  • Residential Rainwater-Collection Systems

    Water for household use is within easy reach, but you have to filter and disinfect it first.

  • Classy Wrought-Iron Railings

    Solid, classy, wrought-iron rails

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    A hut for all seasons

  • Adding Underneath a Hillside Home

    A steep slope and a tight lot call for some imaginative foundation solutions.

  • Replacing a Wood Beam With Steel

    The LVL beam had been installed in an earlier remodel to replace structural partitions supporting the second floor. Since Cox knew that a flush steel beam could do the job just as well — but invisibly — he offered to include the swap-out in the contract.

  • Wood-Steel Composite Beam?

    We're considering through-bolting LVL lumber to both sides of a steel I-beam. We'd install the resulting composite beam flush at midspan in an existing floor system, with the LVL providing convenient nailing for joist hangers. Can we assume that the combined load-bearing values for LVL and steel...

  • Metal Connectors and Galvanized Coatings

    Can standard galvanized Simpson STHD strap-tie hold-downs be used in contact with ACQ plates and framing? We've been schooled by our local building officials to avoid placing anything but stainless steel or heavy-duty hot-dipped galvanized metal connectors in contact with ACQ lumber, but these...

  • Installing Iron Balusters

    This method is fast and reduces epoxy cleanup.

  • Stainless Steel and Rebar

    Q: Can stainless steel tie wire be used with standard rebar?