September 1991 Table of Contents

Concrete Cutting & Drilling

Slicing and boring concrete can be fast and economical if you rent the right tools — or hire the right sub. Read more

Interview: Demolition With Care

A high-end remodeler describes the finer points of tearing out: from hand-holding and bidding to shoring and jacking. Read more

A Victorian Cupola

A woodworker builds a traditional New England cupola with a curved hip roof. Read more

How Big is a House

Not all 2,000-square-foot houses have the same usable living area. Here’s how professionals measure square footage. Read more

Introduction to Critical Path

CPM scheduling is a big-job technique that can pay off for the small builder as well. A management pro walks you through the basic techniques. Read more

Plumbing Pointers for Remodelers

A few plumbing surprises can easily blow your estimate. A master plumber tells you what to look for on a pre-bid inspection. Read more

Unit-Cost Estimating for Remodeling

Unit pricing is faster than stick bidding, and can be just as accurate. A remodeling expert tells how. Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Tying New Slab to Existing

Q: What is the best way to tie the new slab floor of an addition to an existing slab-on-grade foundation? Read more

Q&A: Water Stains on Glulams

Q: On a recent job we had trouble with rain water getting through the paper wrapping on some architectural grade glulam beams. How can the water stains be removed? Read more

Q&A: Painting Over Smoke Damaged Walls

Q: Is there a paint or sealer that will encapsulate the smell of smoke on fire-damaged walls? Read more

Q&A: Will Cellulose Make the Ceiling Sag?

Q: I am planning to build with 12 inches or more of blown-in cellulose insulation in the ceilings. How much insulation can you put in a ceiling before the unsupported drywall between joists sags? I usually use 1/2-inch drywall with trusses 24 inches on-center. Read more

Q&A: Copper Corrosion on Cedar Roofs

Q: Can copper flashing be used with cedar shingles? I was told the natural oils in the cedar can corrode the copper. Read more

Q&A: Best Primer & Paint for Stucco

Q: What is the best primer and paint for an unpainted stucco exterior? Read more

Builder's Library

Guide to Spec Rehab Read more

For What It's Worth

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

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