April 1991 Table of Contents

Brick Veneer & Steel Studs: Performance Questions

Two structural engineers who consult on brick veneer failures describe common problems they see and their causes. Read more

Choosing Steel Tools

Not all steel is created equal. Here are the basics on what types of steel to look for in pounding, prying, cutting, and drilling tools. Read more

Fast & Accurate Wall Framing

A veteran production framer tells where it pays to take your time, and where to go full speed ahead, in wall layout and framing. Read more

First Aid Basics for Builders

A construction-safety specialist, and former paramedic, outlines first aid procedures for common job site injuries. Read more

Hollow-Wall Fasteners

Standard Molly and toggle bolts remain the right choice for many light-duty fastening jobs. But a host of new anchors may better suit your needs. Read more

Installing Bay Windows

There are many ways to frame and trim out a bay. This approach uses layout shortcuts and simple details to meet a modest budget. Read more

Taking the Bounce Out of Floors and Beams

A building engineer explains why buildings flex, and gives some simple rules for keeping the bounce out of floors and the bend out of beams. Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Is Aluminum Wiring Safe?

Q: I had never seen aluminum wiring before I encountered it on a recent remodel. Is aluminum compatible with copper wiring? Should the aluminum wiring be replaced? Read more

Q&A: Removing Tiles from Plywood

Q: What is the best way to remove mastic-adhered ceramic tiles from plywood without ruining the subfloor? Read more

Q&A: Training for Home Inspection

Q: I am a contractor hoping to diversify into the home inspection business. What would be the best way to gain the necessary education and proper certification? Read more

Q&A: Floor Insulation Over Slabs

Q: We are remodeling a basement apartment and want to lay a wide plank floor on sleepers over a slab. What is the best way to insulate the floor? Should we install a vapor barrier? If so, where? Read more

For What It's Worth

"The Journal's pick of curious, interesting, and useful products" Read more

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