September 1995 Table of Contents

Controlling Costs With Allowances

In the rush to start construction, final product selections are often put off until after the work has begun. A design-builder explains how to eliminate guesswork when pricing unknowns by including allowance prices in your contracts. Read more

Fiberglass vs. Cellulose: Making the Choice

In the insulation industry’s version of the Chevy/Ford debate, builders are faced with conflicting claims and a host of distracting side issues. This no-nonsense comparison shows that, depending on the job, both materials perform well when used correctly. Read more

Installing Cabinets Solo Installing Cabinets Solo

Tools and tips for hanging kitchen cabinets, by a builder who prefers to do it alone. Read more

NKBA's 27 Principles of Bath Design

Clearances and layout guidelines for the design of safe and comfortable bathrooms. Read more

Raising a Small Shed Dormer

There’s no time to waste when the roof is off the house. An experienced remodeler describes the methods he uses to strip the roof, cut the opening, and frame a dormer addition in just two days. Read more

Wood I-Joist Do's and Don'ts

Wood I-joists differ structurally from solid wood, and so do the rules for cutting, supporting, and fastening them. A manufacturer’s field rep tells how to avoid common I-joist framing mistakes. Read more


Three-coat vs. one-coat stucco, wiring device needs further testing Read more

Eight-Penny News

OSB maker indicted for fraud, carpet offgassing revisited, code bodies flip-flop on cellulose flammability Read more

Q&A: Repairing Rotten Sheathing & Siding

Q: We recently encountered crumbling waferboard sheathing, which had been installed right down to grade. This sheathing wicked water about two feet up the wall of an enclosed porch. The clapboards and sills were so rotten they fell apart in our hands, but the rest of the wall appears sound. If the edges are protected from water, can we leave the old sheathing in place? Also, the framing and rim joist behind the rotted sheathing appear solid, though the surface of the lumber is black. Is this discoloration a type of rot? Read more

Q&A: Exterior Door Swings

Q: Why it is that most exterior doors swing in rather than out? I can think of several reasons why they should swing out: (1) It is more difficult for the wind to get around a door that swings out since it is pressing the door against a seal rather than away from it. (2) An out-swinging door can overlap the sill at the bottom so the water can’t get in, and (3) an out-swinging door can be pushed open easier from the inside in an emergency. Read more

Business Forum: A New Breed of Remodeler

Recipe for remodeling success Read more

Legal Column: Fitness-of-Purpose Warranties

It’s easy to void a manufacturer’s warranty Read more

Focus On Energy: Euro-Hydronics

European hydronic heat technology Read more

For What It's Worth

Microwavable glue, air-sealing tape for exterior sheathing, adjustable corner trowel, tow-behind dump bed Read more

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