November 1986 Table of Contents

Features
A Guide to Plastic Laminates A Guide to Plastic Laminates

By Ed Pell. What's the difference between high-pressure laminates, melamine panels, papers, vinyls, and other cabinet surfaces? Read more

Auto-Faucets & Euro-Cabinets

By Patrick J. Galvin. New materials and products from the functional and elegant to the downright bizarre. Electronic bathtubs, anyone? Read more

New Plumbing Code: Cutting Costs or Cutting Corners?

By Milton Snyder. The new CABO plumbing code allows smaller water, drain, and vent pipes that NAHB claims can save up to 36 percent in piping-materials costs. But at what cost in quality? Read more

Scribing with a Router

By Art Betterley. Tips for trimming laminates, countertops, and cabinets to fit in irregular spaces. Read more

Thin-Set Ceramic Tile

By Harry T. Swanson. Old mud-style jobs are too expensive, and mastic over drywall is too vulnerable to water. Thin-set offers an alternative. Read more

What's Wrong with Builders' Kitchens?

By Geoffrey Taylor. Don't just throw in a set of stock cabinets as an afterthought. Rather, think it through like a cook. Read more

Letters
Q&A
On The House

Foundation Cracking, Insulating Log-Home Foundations, Pressure-Treated Wood Foundations, Climate Concerns, Shingling Over Shingles, Insulation Retrofit Read more

Business
In Business: Change Orders

The all-important change order. Read more

Legal
The Legal Column: Who Owns the Plans - Builder or Designer?

Do you own the plans—or does the designer? Read more

Energy
Restoration
Callbacks
Kitchen & Bath
Building With Style: Bathroom Design

Fifteen points to make bathrooms better. Read more

Lifting Lavs & Electronic Tubs

By Patrick J. Galvin. New materials and products from the functional and elegant to the downright bizarre. Electronic bathtubs, anyone? Read more

Backfill
Backfill: Real-Life Horror Stories

True stories of kitchen-and-bath nightmares. Read more

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