September 1993 Table of Contents

A Hiring Test for Carpenters

The impression job applicants make in an interview may fail to predict how they’ll perform in the field. This simple test, given on-site, is a better indicator. Read more

Foundation Replacement

A foundation contractor describes the shoring techniques that make his replacement jobs safe and profitable. Read more

Lead Paint Update

With lead poisoning stories in the news, and state and federal regs swelling, remodelers are nervous. JLC proposes a commonsense approach to safeguard workers and clients, and avoid liability. Read more

Prefab Masonry Fireplaces

A mason describes how a new breed of hybrid fireplaces delivers the quality of a traditional masonry unit at one-third the cost. Read more

Taking the Sag Out of Shed Dormers

Shed dormers are a cost-effective way of adding space to a small house, but if not built right they will cause structural problems. An engineer tells how to avoid the pitfalls. Read more

Working Cost-Plus

Cost-plus contracts can ensure a profitable job for builders who keep careful records and maintain good communication with their customers. Here are the contract provisions and cost-tracking systems that have worked for one builder. Read more

Q&A: Forced Air vs. Hydronic Heat

Q: What are the advantages of hot water heating systems vs. warm air systems? Read more

Q&A: Venting a Shed Dormer

Q: We build a lot of shed dormers that start at the ridge and have a roof pitch of about 3:12. I have never installed a ridge vent because I am concerned that snow will build up and leak through the vent on the dormer side. Now the code inspector insists the roofs must be ventilated. How should we do this? Read more

For What It's Worth

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

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