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  • In the Clear

    Clear finishes that preserve the natural look of exterior woodwork take a beating in any climate but have an even harder time withstanding the onslaught of sun, salt, and moisture in coastal climes. In this article, we go to boatbuilders, paint chemists, door-finishing specialists, and marine...

  • Lead paint a growing risk:

    Everyone in the apartment business is aware that chipped, flaking lead paint presents a health hazard. Recent studies show that essentially any amount of lead is harmful to a child’s brain. Even tiny amounts seem to have strong effects.

  • Q&A: Dealing With a Peeling Floor Finish

    Q. Dealing With a Peeling Floor Finish Recently, I removed wall-to-wall carpeting from an older maple floor finished with (I presume) polyurethane. While the finish had some paint splatters and stains, the flooring itself looked to be in good shape, so I simply scuff-sanded it with a pole sander...

  • In the News

    Lead-paint lawsuit; California's revised lighting standards; report from New Orleans; smelly new septic systems; Florida roofers go comp-free; more

  • Letters

    Notes on safety; pandering charge; support for higher energy performance standards; vinyl-siding school; wallpaper liner; fire sprinklers

  • Products

    Sharp screws; a better roof clip; flashings; closet & garage storage systems; paints & coatings; garage doors

  • Spraying Clear Waterborne Lacquer

    A pressure pot is the best way to apply this low-VOC finish

  • Protecting Doors and Windows In Wet Climates

    To fend off rot, treat wood with borates and epoxy coatings, keep jambs and sills elevated, and provide ventilation wherever you can.

  • Prepping for Wallpaper

    Q. The last time I was asked to remove wallpaper and repaint the wall, much of the paper facing on the sheetrock underneath came off, too, resulting in a lot of extra wall prep. What caused this, and what's the best way to prepare drywall for a wallcoveri

  • Painting Cedar Shutters

    Q. What's the best way to prep and paint new cedar shutters?