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Chapter 1
PageArticle Title
Issue Date
6Avoiding Foundation Failures
7/96
10Compacting Problem Soils
4/97
12Hillside Foundations, Part One
3/93
12Hillside Foundations, Part Two
4/93
18Rural Driveways
6/90
26Concrete Basics
6/00
26Ordering Ready Mix
5/02
30Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete
3/89
38Footing Fundamentals
10/00
40Fast Forming for Stepped Footings
3/94
44Rebar Tips
7/94
48Installing Seismic Framing Connectors
7/93
48Tying Down the House
9/97
50Seismic Support for Old Foundations
4/97
52Designing Concrete Basement Walls
4/02
56Concrete Block Foundations
10/93
66Waterproofing Basement Walls
9/02
66Spray-Applied Foundation Waterproofing
7/99
66Foundation Waterproofing Options
3/95
68Foundation Drainage
3/99
72Backfilling Basics
10/94
74Slab-On-Grade Foundations
4/95
76Layout Under the Slab
12/00
76Foundation Layout by Transit
3/91
82Post-and-Pier Room Additions
7/94
84Trouble-Free Foundations for Expansive Soils
11/02
86Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations
9/96
86Shallow Foundations: Beating the Frost
3/90
92Troubleshooting Low Retaining Walls
5/93
94Low Retaining Walls
3/88
94Troubleshooting Low Retaining Walls
5/93
94Practical Engineering: Interlocking Block Retaining Walls
5/94
96Radon Vent Retrofit
12/01
Chapter 2
PageArticle Title
Issue Date
98Estimating Rules of Thumb
3/96
100Unit-Price Estimating
4/94
100Unit-Pricing Pitfalls
7/99
102Framing Details for Wood Shrinkage
4/96
104Rating OSB Performance
2/94
112Practical Engineering: Using Metal Connectors
5/97
118Practical Engineering: Misplaced Load Paths
4/96
118Solutions to Common Framing Problems
6/98
126Framing Floors with I-Joists
4/02
130Framing with Floor Trusses
4/93
138Framing for Corner Windows
4/97
140Straight Talk About Hip and Valley Rafters
5/94
154Roof Framing with Wood I-Joists
1/97
158Installing Hip Roof Trusses
6/97
158Building Truss Roofs the Safe Way
12/01
160Truss Bracing Tips
3/94
160Truss Roofs Production Style
5/99
164Practical Engineering: Permanent Bracing for Piggyback Trusses
3/98
166Shear Wall Basics
1/93
166Tying Down the House
9/97
168Practical Engineering: Shear Nonsense
7/98
170Practical Engineering: Resisting Wind Uplift
1/97
174Air-Sealing the Story-and-a-Half
8/95
178Energy-Efficient Cathedral Ceilings
2/97
178Cathedral Ceiling Solutions
8/91
180Practical Engineering: Solve It with Steel
1/95
180Practical Engineering: Attaching Steel Beams and Columns
2/97
182Steelwork in Wood Frames
4/92
184Flitchplates
9/92
186-208How to Use Span Tables
4/94
Chapter 3
PageArticle Title
Issue Date
210Estimating Roofing Without Leaving the Ground
5/89
212Choosing an Asphalt Shingle: Organic vs. Fiberglass
5/93
212Have Asphalt Shingles Improved?
7/01
214Leakproof Details for Shallow Roofs
5/94
214Asphalt Shingle Q&A
5/02
218Reroofing Over Asphalt Shingles
5/99
222Long-Lasting Wood Roofs
5/97
222Wood Shakes and Shingles
10/92
224Protecting Wood Roofs from Fire
8/94
232Roofing with Concrete Tile
5/01
238Roof Tile Fasteners for High-Wind Regions
5/96
246Restoration Primer: Flat Lock Metal Roofing
9/87
248Restoration Primer: Standing-Seam Roofs
5/86
250Low-Cost Metal Roofing
6/92
252Metal Roofing Options
1/03
252Installing Metal Panel Roofs
5/00
254Sealing and Flashing Metal Roofs
1/00
254Watertight Skylights in Metal Roofs
4/97
260Slate Roof Repairs
5/88
262Leakproof Details for Shallow Roofs
5/94
264Installing EPDM Rubber Roofs
11/96
264Torchdown Roofing Basics
8/01
266Low-Slope Reroof with EPDM
11/00
266Building a Deck Over Living Space
5/02
274Bending V-Crimped Valley Flashing
8/99
276Flashing a Leakproof Valley
3/98
278Building Doghouse Dormers
10/94
280Flashing the Tough Spots
5/95
280Flashing a Chimney the Right Way
11/92
282Troubleshooting Roof Leaks
10/99
284Durable Exterior Details
6/99
286Low-Profile Ridge Vents
5/92
286Venting Details for Cathedral Ceilings
12/96
288Preventing Ice Dam Leaks
3/95
Chapter 4
PageArticle Title
Issue Date
296Water-Managed Wall Systems
3/03
296Making Walls Watertight
12/95
298Choosing a Sheathing Wrap
8/00
298Wrapping the House: Do's and Don'ts
3/00
300Choosing Flexible Flashings
6/01
300Controlling Moisture in Mixed Climates
8/97
300Avoiding Moisture Problems in Cooling Climates
10/97
302Water-Managed Wall Systems
3/03
302Making Walls Watertight
12/95
308Guide to Galvanized Nails
11/94
310Exterior Trim that Lasts
4/94
312Exterior Trim: Design Basics
7/95
318Economical Wood Siding
6/91
322Water-Managed Wall Systems
3/03
322Rain Screen Siding Retrofit
4/98
324Troubleshooting Wood Siding
6/93
324Working with Preprimed Wood Siding
2/00
332Builder's Guide to Vinyl Siding
6/00
336Aluminum Trim for Vinyl Siding
4/99
336Durable Details for Vinyl Siding
6/97
340Builder's Guide to Vinyl Siding
6/00
342On-Site with Fiber-Cement Siding
1/98
342Cutting Fiber-Cement Siding
4/03
344A Hard Look at Hardboard Siding
6/90
346Water-Managed Wall Systems
3/03
350Stucco Flashing Details
10/98
354Extreme Stucco
2/97
354One-Coat Stucco
6/95
358Installing Water-Managed Synthetic Stucco
9/98
358Success with EIFS
11/01
360Patching Stucco
9/97
362Getting Started with Brick Veneer
11/97
368Brick Veneer Basics
6/94
370Restoration Primer: Repointing Brick Masonry
7/90
370Restoration Primer: Repointing Pointers
8/90
374Making Paint Stick to Wood Siding and Trim
9/99
376Latex Enamel Problems and Solutions
1/97
378Keeping the "Natural Look" of Wood Siding
4/92
Chapter 7
PageArticle Title
Issue Date
128Controlling Moisture in Mixed Climates
8/97
128Avoiding Moisture Problems in Cooling Climates
10/97
128Vented vs. Unvented Roofs: The Great Debate
1/96
130Cathedral Ceiling Solutions
8/91
130Venting Details for Cathedral Ceilings
12/96
134Getting the Most for Your Insulation Dollar
10/96
134Wet-Spray Cellulose Insulation
8/94
134Fiberglass vs. Cellulose: Making the Choice
9/95
136Getting Quality from Fiberglass Insulation
7/02
136Insulating with Spray Cellulose
10/01
136Wet-Spray Cellulose Insulation
8/94
136Contractors' Tips for Spray Cellulose
8/89
140Cool Roofs for Hot Climates
6/03
142The Last Word (We Hope) on Vapor Barriers
8/93
144Practical Details for Energy Efficiency
2/01
144Best Practice Energy Upgrades
3/00
144Fixing the Holes where the Air Gets In
1/04
144Building Airtight Homes
2/02
144Air Sealing the Story-and-a-Half
8/95
148Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows
1/99
148Choosing Vinyl Windows
8/02
150Trouble-Free Forced-Air Heat
12/98
152Trouble-Free Forced-Air Heat
12/98
154Zoning Forced-Air Heating Systems
2/99
158Duct Design Basics
12/95
158Desiging & Testing Forced-Air Systems
8/01
162Installing Direct-Vent Space Heaters
2/00
164Air Conditioning for Humid Climates
10/04
164Sizing Air Conditioners
8/96
166Guide to High-Performance Hydronics
8/90
168Hydronic Baseboard Basics
4/99
170Piping Layouts for Hydronic Heat
3/95
172Radiant Slab Techniques
8/92
172Radiant Slab on a Tight Budget
7/95
176Hardwood Flooring Over Radiant Heat
9/98
176Hydronic Radiant Heat for Wood-Framed Floors
8/93
180Installing a Radiant Wall
12/99
180Radiant Walls and Ceilings for the Bath
9/97
186Venting Gas Appliances
2/03
190Make Up Air for Combusion Equipment
12/99
196Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation System
9/00
198Heat-Recovery Ventilators
3/94
198Installing a Heat Recovery Ventilator
1/02
200Simple Ventilation for Tight Houses
5/91
200Simple Whole-House Ventilation
8/95
200Adding Ventilation to Forced-Air Heat
5/95
204Quiet Bathroom Fans
6/96
206Clearing the Kitchen air
8/91
206Pop-Up Down-Draft Vents
6/93
Chapter 8
PageArticle Title
Issue Date
220Kitchen Design Basics
11/92
224The 31 Rules of Kitchen Design
9/94
226Roughing-In for Kitchens & Baths
12/93
228Installing Framed Cabinets
1/99
228K&B: Staying on Top of the Kitchen
12/96
234Solid Surface Countertops
5/94
234Working with Thin Solid Surfacing
7/98
234Casting Concrete Countertops
12/00
234Cast-in-Place Concrete Counters
8/04
234Installing Stone Counters
6/95
234K&B: Preventing Cracks in Solid Surface Countertops
2/01
236Laminate Countertops on Site
10/93
238Thinset Tile Countertops
8/93
238Durable Substrates for Thinset Tile
8/96
238Membranes for Ceramic Tile
1/96
238Grouting Ceramic Tile
6/99
256Installing Jetted Tubs
9/94
294Sturdy Site-Built Stairs
11/95
294Trouble-Free Stairs
4/97
296Foolproof Layout for Winder Stairs
4/05
298Trimming Out Stairs
3/99
298Stair-Building Tools
12/04