May 1993 Table of Contents

Are You Making a Profit?

A successful builder explains the critical difference between gross profit and net profit, and shows how to make sure your estimates include both. Read more

Choosing an Asphalt Shingle: Organic vs. Fiberglass

You can still reliably judge organic shingles by their weight. But fiberglass shingles are another story. Responding to problems in the field, the fiberglass shingle industry is conducting research and developing new standards for its products. Read more

Joining Unequally Pitched Roofs

A builder describes how he uses a framing square and full-scale layout to solve this tricky problem. Read more

Repairing Plaster Walls and Ceilings

Hairline cracks in old plaster require more than just forcing in some spackle. A plaster repair specialist describes his techniques. Read more

Troubleshooting Retaining Walls

Cracked, leaning, or bulging retaining walls are a common sight. An engineer tells what causes these problems and how to prevent them. Read more

Wood Fungi Causes and Cures

A complete guide to the identification and prevention of mold, mildew, discoloration, and decay of wood products. Read more

Q&A: Crawlspace Ventilation Alternatives

Q: We are about to begin construction on an addition. Code requires venting the crawlspace under the wood floor. However, the foundation will be surrounded by concrete sidewalks on three sides, limiting the use of passive vents. Are there other alternatives for venting? Read more

Q&A: Insulating Walk-Out Basements Q&A: Insulating Walk-Out Basements

Q: What is the best way to insulate the footing, foundation, and slab on the walk-out side of a basement? Read more

Q&A: Non-Asbestos Pipe Wrap

Q: What material can be used to re-insulate steam pipes after the old asbestos insulation is removed? Read more

Q&A: To Felt or Not Under Asphalt Shingles

Q: Is roofing felt necessary under asphalt shingles? Read more

For What It's Worth

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

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