March 1996 Table of Contents

Controlling Cracks in Concrete Slabs

It’s inevitable: A concrete slab is going to crack. But how much it cracks, and where, depends on the amount of water in the mix, where you place control joints, and how you finish the slab. Here’s what you need to know for good results. Read more

Estimating Rules of Thumb

A veteran estimator shares tricks and tips that ensure fast and accurate estimates, from foundation to finishes. Read more

Building a Round Room

A job foreman describes step-by-step how he and his crew laid out, framed, and finished two Victorian towers with conical roofs. Read more

Simple Layout for Hillside Foundations

Laying out forms on a steep site doesn’t have to be complicated. An experienced foundation contractor shows how he makes time on complex hillside forming jobs. Read more

Survival Tips for Downtown Remodelers

From double-parking and wrestling materials into the service elevator to tying into electrical and mechanical systems that service a whole building, remodeling in high-rise apartment buildings gets complicated fast. Here’s how one New York City builder has survived the jungle. Read more


Reversed polarity question, markup percentages, thin-slab radian Read more

Eight-Penny News

Hardboard makers face court action, Los Angeles mulls citywide seismic retrofit, a boring story Read more

Q&A: Truss Uplift Solutions Q&A: Truss Uplift Solutions

Q: What would cause the sole plate of a nonbearing partition wall to pull away from the subfloor? The wall is nailed into roof trusses where they cross it above. There is no sag in the floor system below. Read more

Q&A: Bending Wood Shingles

Q: I’m about to take on a wood-shingle roofing job on an unusual roof with a lot of sinuous curves. I’m planning on steaming and bending strapping to provide a nailing base for the shingles, then steaming and bending the shingles, too. But isn’t there an easier way? Read more

Focus on Energy: Reclaiming Heat From Boilers

Strap-on aquastat saves energy in hydronic systems Read more

Kitchen & Bath
For What It's Worth

Trimmable truss, expanding foam dispenser, affordable laser level, easy-clean paintbrush Read more

Toolbox: Door Hanger's Workbench

Door hanger’s workbench Read more

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