July 1995 Table of Contents

Exterior Trim: Design Basics

Why do some houses look better than others? An architect explains the fundamental principles that distinguish good exterior details from bad ones. Read more

Layout Tricks for Rough Openings

As any finish sub knows, careful framing smooths the installation of drywall and trim. Follow these guidelines for fast, accurate framing of doors, windows, stairs, and fireplaces. Read more

Radiant Slab on a Tight Budget

Depending on availability, proprietary gypsum-based thin slabs can be expensive. A hydronic engineer describes an innovative, cost-effective approach to pouring a radiant slab. Read more

Safety Lessons Learned

Construction sites are dangerous places, and a moment’s inattention can result in serious injury. As these five stories show, experienced and novice workers are equally vulnerable, and routine tasks are the setting for many accidents. Read more

Starting a Safety Program

It takes more than safety equipment to prevent job-site accidents. A well-designed safety program will teach workers how to identify dangerous practices and help them to plan tasks with safety in mind. Read more

Suit Up OSHA-Style

Personal safety equipment is no longer optional on job sites. Here’s what you need to know to select comfortable gear and use it properly. Read more


Truss bracing, pressure-treating chemicals Read more

Eight-Penny News

Green builder programs, builders go on line, American-style framing withstands Japan quake Read more

Q&A: Twisted Deck Boards

Q: On more than one occasion, I have installed 5/4x6 pressure-treated wood decking with the growth rings facing down. We screwed the boards down with stainless steel screws, but the edges still curl and warp very badly. How can this be prevented? Read more

Q&A: Heavy Roof Loads From Tile Q&A: Heavy Roof Loads From Tile

Q: We are designing a house with heavy clay roofing tiles (which weigh about 800 pounds per square). How should we calculate the dead loads for choosing our roof rafters? Read more

Building With Style: Design for a Narrow Lot

A two-story design for a narrow lot Read more

Business Forum: Beware T&M Work

Pitfalls of time-and-materials work Read more

Legal Column: When Subs Get Hurt

Liability for subcontractor safety Read more

Builder's Library: Drywall for Profit

Guide to the drywall business Read more

For What It's Worth

Rubber roof slates, nonslip eaves membrane, clapboard installation jig, hook-and-loop tape for carpet installation Read more

Toolbox: Framing Hardware for Nail Guns

Framing connectors for nail guns Read more

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