January 1991 Table of Contents

Case Study: Estimating by the Stick

This inside look at three competing bids shows some of the strategies small builders use to quickly arrive at accurate estimates. Read more

Interview: Hiring and Handling Subs

Steve Farrell, project manager of a fourth-generation remodeling company, tells how to find good subs and get good work from them. Read more

Keep-It-Simple Accounting for the Mac

The best accounting program is one that closely fits the way you do business. A Macintosh consultant reviews three entry-level programs with small builders in mind. Read more

Building Stairs with Stock Parts: Part I

An experienced stair builder gives step-by-step instruction. In Part I, this month, we cover layout and installation of finish skirts, risers, and treads. Read more

Plastic Tub-Shower Units

It’s tempting to take whatever your supplier has on hand in plastic fixtures, but all units are not alike. Here’s a look at which materials perform best. Read more

No Job Too Small

Two remodelers describe how small jobs play a key role in their businesses and what steps they’ve taken to make them profitable. Read more


EDITOR’S NOTE: Smaller is Beautiful Read more

Q & A
Q&A: OSB On Roofs

Q: Does OSB have the same nail-holding ability as plywood? I want to use it as roof sheathing, but I am nervous about blow-offs. Read more

Q&A: Painting Asphalt Shingles

Q: Our clients are unhappy with the color of their roof now that the house has been painted. The asphalt shingles are less than two years old and are in very good condition. Is there any way to change the color of the shingles without replacing them? Read more

Q&A: Treated Wood Foundations

Q: Can wood foundations built with pressure-treated wood be framed like conventional frame walls, or does the stud spacing need to be increased? How do you seal the outside to prevent water seepage? Read more

Q&A: Sealing Stone Countertops

Q: How should I seal marble and granite countertops? To be used in a kitchen, a surface should be waterproof, heat resistant, stain resistant, and safe for food preparation. Read more

For What It's Worth

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

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