Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA

In the News
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In the News

Minnesota cracks down on subcontractor isclassification; green home survives... More

No Lot Too Small
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No Lot Too Small

Plenty of business cards say “no job too small.” Builder Dan Upton and architect... More

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Letters

Immigrant labor; sealed crawlspace follow-up; a remodeler risk; more More

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Letters

Copper compatibility with ACQ; painting stucco; Hispanic labor; arch formula; tile showers; more More

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Notebook

Growth controls affecting builders, promoting green building, working with inspectors, tax deductions for business start-up More

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Mission Almost Impossible

An inside look at how a large, quality-conscious West Coast builder runs a demanding job More

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Flattening Walls for Paneling

The quality of framing lumber being what it is, a perfectly flat, plumb wall is a rarity these days. An experienced finish carpenter describes the techniques he uses to create a flat surface before installing paneling and interior trim. More

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Flat Roof Framing Options

Even “flat” roofs need some pitch to ensure proper drainage. A California production framer describes the techniques he uses to quickly create slopes on flat roof decks of any size. More

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Roof Tile Fasteners for High-Wind Regions

When it comes to securing roof tiles, minimum code recommendations may not be good enough. A seasoned roofing contractor discusses the right and wrong ways to install roof tiles in high-wind and seismically active areas. More

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Job-Site Wood Glues

With so many types of glue on the shelf, how do you choose the right one? A long-time finish subcontractor explains which adhesives work best inside and out. More

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