September 1992 Table of Contents


An engineer who regularly specs flitchplates for residential remodeling projects takes a look at their pros and cons. Read more

How to Write Ironclad Contracts

A professional arbitrator gives tips on how to prepare a fair but thorough contract. Read more

Ramps and the ADA

A remodeler experienced in accessibility explains how to design handicapped access ramps. Read more

Recraft: An Environmentally-Friendly House

A demonstration house in Montana proves it’s possible — and affordable — to build a conventional house with resource-efficient materials. Read more

How to (Almost) Turn a Profit in Spec Remodeling

For a profitable sale, buy at a good price, do quality work — and hope the Tarot cards fall your way. Read more

Tying Into Existing Framing

Joining new construction to old requires good detective work. Here are some pointers for the trouble spots. Read more

A Builder's Guide to Wood-Destroying Insects

This primer will help you identify the insects that cause damage to houses and specify the right treatment. Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Removing Water Scale From Fixtures

Q: I’ve had several customers interested in salvage sinks and faucets for kitchen and bath remodels. However, most of these old fixtures are covered with water scale. What causes the scale buildup on kitchen and bath faucets and fixtures, and how can it be removed? Read more

Q&A: Removing & Preventing Asphalt Shingle Stains Q&A: Removing & Preventing Asphalt Shingle Stains

Q: The photo below shows unsightly black staining on asphalt roof shingles. This staining appears to be caused by a mildew or fungus. It is common in this area of eastern Virginia, which is rainy and humid in the spring, hot and humid in the summer, and warm and humid in the early fall. I have made several observations about the problem in this area: 1) affected roofs are of a light color ( perhaps the problem just doesn’t show on darker roofs); 2) affected roofs are in areas with trees nearby, but not necessarily shaded; 3) it appears on older roofs, perhaps more than ten years old, but the roofs do not appear to be deteriorated; 4) staining is more common on lower parts of roofs than upper parts; 5) roof pitch does not seem to be a factor; 6) not all roofs of the same age and color have the same problem. I have asked several roofing contractors about cleaning off the stains, but none have tried. How can the stains be removed and/or prevented? Read more

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Understanding Air Quality Read more

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