April 1996 Table of Contents

Fighting for Inches: A Guide to Small Bathroom Design

Fitting all the fixtures into a usable space is the main challenge of small bath design. A house designer describes her favorite small-space floor plans. Read more

Framing Details for Wood Shrinkage

When a house frame shrinks, it can leave bumps and dips in the floor, cause doors to bind, and open cracks in drywall and casing joints. Proper selection of materials and attention to framing details can keep these problems to a minimum. Read more

Job-Site Wood Glues

With so many types of glue on the shelf, how do you choose the right one? A long-time finish subcontractor explains which adhesives work best inside and out. Read more

Leveling the Deck

When a foundation is out of level, framers often need to shim or scribe floor joists to allow for high and low spots. Two second-generation contractors explain the methods that work for them. Read more

Rewiring Old Houses Rewiring Old Houses

A master electrician shows the tools and techniques he uses to snake new wires in old houses without causing excessive damage to finishes or trim. Read more

Skylight Options and Accessories

The difference between one skylight and another is in the details. Here’s an overview of add-ons for roof windows. Read more


Bootleg grounds, leaky ridge vents, stiff tile subfloor Read more

Eight-Penny News

Pier foundation failure, EIFS hides moisture problems, electrical code changes, termites versus foam Read more

Q&A: Drop-Ceiling Elevation Change Q&A: Drop-Ceiling Elevation Change

Q: Occasionally when we’re hanging a drop ceiling in a commercial building, we encounter a change in ceiling elevation. What’s the easiest way to deal with this transition? Read more

Q&A: Tile Over OSB and Underlayment?

Q: It is my understanding that plywood and OSB should always be installed with space between the sheets for expansion. Apparently, always isn’t always. I am just now beginning a project on an unfinished house in New England that has had the 1-inch OSB subflooring glued and nailed to the joists, with the tongue-and-groove joints also glued, without any spaces between sheets. There seems to be some swelling at the joints, most of which seems to be excess adhesive. My plan was to sand the joints flush, install underlayment, and then lay the Terra Cotta tile my client requested. I have two questions. When and why is it okay to install sheet goods without a space between them? Can you recommend the best underlayment for this situation? Read more

Legal Column: Working With Someone Else's Plan

Contract protection from design flaws Read more

Builder's Library: A Plan for Success

Kit for writing a business plan Read more

Kitchen & Bath
For What It's Worth

Drywall that bends, adjustable spring clamps, portable work table Read more

Toolbox: Sweet Trim Guns

New pneumatic trim nailers Read more

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