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Painting trim with latex; protecting blueprints from the elements
As federal and state governments try to get a handle on the pollution problem and the impact of "volatile organic compounds," or VOCs, they're turning their attention to paint. A cascade of regulations, moving from the EPA down through regional commissions and finally taking effect at the state...
Paints & coatings; builders' hardware
You can make old double-hungs operate as smoothly as any modern alternative — and look a whole lot better.
Q: My client's old wood windows are badly in need of a new paint job. My client, a sailor, suggested using a high-performance polyurethane enamel boat paint on the windows to cut down on future maintenance. It seems to me that if a finish can adhere to the hull of a wooden boat, it should be able...
Q: I'd like to use a coated glass mat tile backerboard like DensShield in a shower stall, but would like to stop the tile about 78 inches above the floor rather than completely covering the walls and ceiling. Is it okay to continue the backerboard all the way up to the 8-foot-high ceiling - which...
Arquitectonica takes a fresh approach to new headquarters for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Testing spray-foam jobs; ridge beams and collar ties; safety reminder; more
Q: Does faded aluminum siding with a chalklike residue on the surface require any special preparation before repainting?
Q: What's the best way to remove a water stain from a sand-finish plaster ceiling? The plaster was applied over electric radiant-heating cable stapled to Gypboard backing, with a sand finish that won't tolerate any rubbing. Could we use a tinted wash that
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