December 2001 Table of Contents

Building Truss Roofs The Safe Way Building Truss Roofs The Safe Way

Preassembling truss roof sections on the ground decreases risk and saves time. A veteran builder describes his step-by-step method. Read more

A Simple Kitchen Bay Window

A box-bay window placed at counter height makes it possible to run the countertop right into the bay and bring the outdoors in. Read more

Prefinished Strip Flooring

Recent advances in surface finishes, a wider selection of woods and colors, and improvements in the installed appearance make a strong case for factory-finished floors. Read more

Radon Vent Retrofit Radon Vent Retrofit

A radon remediation contractor shows how to install vent pipes beneath a slab to carry radon harmlessly to the outdoors — all for a reasonable cost. Read more

Staging High Work

New scaffolding products and personal safety gear make it easier than ever to perform high work safely. Read more


Shoddy construction, vinyl trim detail, clad-window glass replacement, fuel cost comparisons, more Read more


Stachybotrys mold, contractor licensing, radiant heat claims, Business Tune-Up, more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Restoring Solid Surfacing

Q: What’s the best way to restore the shine on an older solid-surface sink that looks dull? Read more

Q&A: Installing Wiring Between Ceiling Strapping Q&A: Installing Wiring Between Ceiling Strapping

Q: Here in New England, we usually attach 1x3 strapping to the ceiling joists before installing drywall. At most jobs, I see the electricians stapling the Romex cable to the bottom of the joists, parallel to the 1x3 strapping, so the wiring is about 1/2 i Read more

Q&A: Is a Vapor Barrier Necessary?

Q: Since we always carefully install housewrap on our buildings, paying attention to the details, is it necessary to install a poly vapor barrier under the drywall? Read more

Q&A: Painting Aluminum Siding

Q: Is it possible to paint aluminum siding? Read more

Q&A: Building a Wine Room

Q: Can you provide some advice on construction details for building a small wine storage room in a corner of a garage? Read more

Q&A: ACQ-Treated Wood and Fastener Corrosion

Q: Does ACQ-treated wood contribute to accelerated corrosion of galvanized fasteners? Read more


Q: Does EPDM roofing always need to be installed over polyisocyanurate insulation, or can it be installed directly over OSB? Read more

Q&A: Who’s Responsible for Hidden Conditions?

Q: When we pulled off the siding and sheathing from the gable end of an existing house in preparation for an addition, we were surprised to find that the roof has a 4x12 structural ridge beam supporting common rafters. We had assumed that the roof was fra Read more

Q&A: Copper Roofing Over SIPs

Q: Can copper roofing be installed over SIP roof panels? I have heard that high temperatures under copper roofing might damage the SIPs. Read more

Strictly Business: The Nice Customer Niche

Finding and keeping nice clients Read more

Legal Adviser: Protect Yourself Against Sub Delays

Protecting yourself against sub delays Read more

Trade Talk
Trade Talk: Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters

Arc-fault circuit interrupters Read more


Plastic trimboards, orbit sander, miter saw stand, thermostatic by-pass valve, universal socket, vinyl flooring, more Read more

Toolbox: Cordless Autofeed Screw Guns

Two cordless autofeed screw guns Read more

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