October 1997 Table of Contents

Choosing High-Performance Caulks Choosing High-Performance Caulks

Confused by the competing claims of manufacturers? Here’s a guide to help you select the right caulk for tough jobs. Read more

Detail: Site-Built Storm Doors

To avoid the delay of special-ordering odd-sized storm doors, this carpenter used stock lumber and standard tools to build his own. Read more

Job-Site Procedure Manuals

This system of standardized forms, procedures, and construction details ensures good planning and keeps every job running smoothly. Read more

Avoiding Moisture Problems in Cooling Climates Avoiding Moisture Problems in Cooling Climates

Along the hot, humid Gulf Coast, buildings are more susceptible to damage from moisture entering from outside than from inside. A builder/architect explains the energy details that work in this climate. Read more

Pressure-Treated Foundation Repair

With cold weather setting in, this upstate New York remodeler decided to use a pressure-treated wood foundation to replace a crumbling cement-block wall in a hillside garage. Read more

Case Study: A Retrofit Ridge Beam

A site-bolted LVL replacement ridge provided structural support for long-span trusses in this second story addition, which was completed without interrupting the operation of a medical clinic on the first floor. Read more

A Remodeler Takes On New Construction A Remodeler Takes On New Construction

New construction ought to be easier than remodeling. But as one remodeler discovered, building a house from scratch has its own set of problems. Read more


Competitive bidding pros and cons, manufacturer defends housewrap Read more


Strong economy brings stiff competition, employee background checks, designing a home office Read more

Q&A: Adding Loads to Basement Piers

Q: A client wants me to add a second story addition on a small Cape. The add-on would necessitate bringing new floor and roof loads onto existing steel columns in the basement that heretofore have supported only first-floor loads. Are the footings for those steel posts up to the additional loads? Standard practice in this area is to pour a 2x2-foot pad, 8 to 12 inches thick; the slab is 4 inches thick. Read more

Q&A: Strength of Header Hangers Q&A: Strength of Header Hangers

Q: How do header hangers compare, from a strength standpoint, with traditional supporting jack studs? Read more

Q&A: Repainting Greasy Walls

Q: I occasionally need to repaint kitchen walls that have a thin buildup of grease on them. Are there any products available that will cut through this film so I can apply latex or polyurethane? Read more

Strictly Business: Presentation Books

The presentation book as sales tool Read more

Resources: Green CD

Environmental newsletter on CD-ROM, roof framing manual Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen and Bath: Room for a Bath

Spacious and simple master bath Read more


Adjustable framing hangers, water-proof glue, faux stone veneer, self-clamping junction box Read more

Toolbox: New Roofing Coil Nailers

New coil nailers for roofers Read more

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