January 1998 Table of Contents

Communicating with Clients Communicating with Clients

Good communication prevents small problems from becoming major disasters, and ensures happy customers and healthy profits. A remodeling contractor describes his systematic approach to staying in touch with clients. Read more

Jambs & Thresholds For Fat Walls

Extra-thick walls present a problem when it comes to installing prehung entry-door units. Here are some tested solutions, both stock and custom, that can help. Read more

On-Site With Fiber-Cement Siding

We take a close look at handling, cutting, installing, and painting fiber-cement to see how it compares with traditional lap siding. Read more

Mission Almost Impossible

An inside look at how a large, quality-conscious West Coast builder runs a demanding job Read more

Remodeling a Bungalow

These small, single-story houses from the 1920s and ’30s present classic design challenges to the remodeler. In this article, an award-winning architect shows how to make better use of bungalow space without adding on. Read more


Code compliance concerns, strap tie questions Read more


Steel framing lagging behind wood, home warranty laws, the true cost of ceiling fans, pitfalls of building on unstable soil Read more

Q&A: Laminating Over Plastic Laminate

Q: Is laminating over existing plastic laminate an acceptable practice? If so, what is the best procedure? Read more

Q&A: Painting Galvanized Steel

Q: I build deck railings, awning frames, and other structures out of welded, galvanized steel tubing. I can’t get paint to stick for very long. So far I have only tried Rustoleum after using a mild acid rinse. It lasted about two years before the paint started to peel. Is there a product or technique that will last longer? Read more

By Design: A Tale of Two Houses

How floor plans affect use patterns Read more

Strictly Business: Photographing Your Work

Documenting your work with photos Read more

Legal Adviser: Hiring and the ADA

How the ADA protects employees Read more


Plastic footing form for sonotubes, easy-cleaning nonexpanding foam, steel frame for pocket doors, new radiant barrier roof sheathing Read more

New Clip-Head Nailer

Clip-head nailers from Paslode & Senco Read more

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