January 1999 Table of Contents

Features
Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

Whether you’re trying to eliminate condensation in cold weather or solar gain in hot weather, or both, there’s a window that fits the bill. An energy expert makes sense out of the variety of glass coatings, edge spacers, and frame materials, and helps you choose the right window for your climate. Read more

Answers to Ten Tough Business Questions

We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Installing Framed Cabinets

A profitable cabinet installation depends on having the right tools and a well-thought-out procedure. Here’s how one builder gets the job done. Read more

Working Down Under: Basement Remodeling Tips

With all their usual overhead obstructions, basements don’t automatically make good living space; it takes a good imagination and in some cases, sleight of hand. A veteran remodeler shares some tricks for blending ductwork, girders, and low ceilings into the design. Read more

14.4-Volt Cordless Drills 14.4-Volt Cordless Drills

We put professional-duty 14.4-volt cordless drill/drivers through their paces, including a look at the latest battery technology. This side-by-side comparison will help you make the right choice. Read more

Letters
Letters

Stucco weep screed detail, piggyback truss bracing, stud sensor clarifications, termites & foam, site safety reminder Read more

News
Notebook

Getting ready for the next economic downturn, Category 5 wiring, hurricane-resistant concrete houses, sun exposure warning Read more

Q&A
Q&A: Charging for Estimates & Design

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: Price Shopping

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: Low-Cost Marketing

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: What To Delegate First

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: Finding & Keeping Good Help

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: Subcontractor Tips

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: Supplier Takeoffs

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: What Jobs to Bid

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: Profit Hidden vs. Shown in Bid

Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design. Read more

Q&A: OSB Offgassing

Q: I’m building a home for a client who is concerned about toxic offgassing from the OSB in the wood I-joists we’re using for the floor. Is this a real concern? Read more

Q&A: Steel Stud Striping on Drywall Q&A: Steel Stud Striping on Drywall

Q: On a recent basement remodel, I wanted to use steel studs to frame out the exterior walls, but my framer advised against it. He cited a similar project involving steel studs, where, after time, an outline of each steel stud appeared through the drywall and finish. Any idea what may have caused this "shadowing" effect? Read more

Business
Strictly Business: Dry-Erase Office Organizer

An easy & inexpensive way to organize your jobs Read more

Legal
Legal Adviser: Liability for Specified Products

Guarding against liability for defective products Read more

Computers
Engineering
Practical Engineering: Roadworks

Building a durable driveway Read more

Reviews
Resources

Basic business guide, contract-writing help, construction drawing primer, engineering basics, electrical references Read more

Products
Products

Wet-weather gloves, decorative cement floors, flat-roof sky-lights, easy stucco patching, low-cost tile panel Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox: Cordless Drill for Tight Corners

A cordless drill for tight corners Read more

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