January 1996 Table of Contents

Fall Protection: Complying with OSHA's New Rules

OSHA has finally realized that some of its fall protection rules are impractical for residential jobs. But to get a waiver, builders will have to improve training and supervision, and prepare detailed safety plans. Read more

Leakproof Flashings for Masonry Chimneys

Don’t take the easy way out when retrofitting flashing to an existing chimney. This proven technique from a veteran roofer locks the flashing in place for a watertight seal. Read more

Membranes for Ceramic Tile

Tile may shed water, but a tile job is not waterproof. A master tilesetter explains how to use trowel-applied and sheet membranes to protect against leaks. Read more

Software for Builders That Works

Every construction software package promises the world, but few deliver. Four contractors who’ve tried them all talk about the programs that work for their businesses. Read more

Vented vs. Unvented Roofs: The Great Debate

In a perfect world, air retarders and careful insulation details would keep moisture out of the roof. But real buildings are never perfect, and venting is still the safest approach, especially in cathedral ceilings. Read more


APA defends panel grading system, ready-mix radiant slabs Read more

Q&A: Air Nail Holding Power

Q: Do the coatings on power-driven "gun nails" hold as well in the wood as a common nail driven by hand? Read more

Q&A: Copper vs. Plastic Plumbing

Q: I’m currently remodeling a vacation home where the copper plumbing has developed pinhole leaks because of an acid water condition. To save money, my client wants to replace the copper pipes with CPVC plastic, but my plumber says that’s a bad idea. Who’s right? Read more

Legal Column: Subcontractor Lien Rights

Can subcontractors file liens? Read more

Focus on Energy: Simple Airflow Test

Simple pressure test for ductwork Read more

For What It's Worth

Voice mail for small businesses, retrofit zone thermostat for hydronic heat, new I-joist rim board Read more

Toolbox: Self-Feeding Screw Gun Adapter

Self-feeding screwgun adapter Read more

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