September 2001 Table of Contents

Buying a Plunge Router

Plunge routers offer greater versatility than fixed-base routers. Here we compare the power and precision of some of the best models on the market. Read more

Choosing Engineered Beams For Heavy Loads And Long Spans

For heavy loads and long spans, engineered beams are the way to go. In this article, we compare LVL, glulam, and Parallam, plus some new composite beams. Read more

Favorite Low-Cost Marketing Techniques

We survey builders and remodelers around the country for successful marketing ideas that don’t require big bucks. Read more

Retrofitting A Whirlpool Tub Retrofitting A Whirlpool Tub

A bathroom renovation specialist explains how to select and install a jetted tub in an existing bath. Read more

Saving Trees During Construction Saving Trees During Construction

Stripping trees from a lot before building may seem practical, but saving them can pay larger dividends. This article explains how to watch out for what you can’t see — the roots. Read more


Insulation upgrades, shingles claim leaves no satisfaction, lumber grading, hidden deck fasteners, pullout step stools, drywall clips Read more


Free safety training for small builders, mold and moisture bankrupt big builder, plastic lumber ages well, New York builders liable for fall-related injuries, self-cleaning windows, more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: EPDM vs. Modified Bitumen Roofing

Q: Why is EPDM roofing so much more expensive than torch-applied modified bitumen? Is EPDM roofing that much better? Read more

Q&A: Crawlspace Insulation

Q: I am building an addition over a 30-inch-high crawlspace. The local inspector has approved my plan to build a sealed crawlspace without ventilation. Should I install rigid foam insulation on the interior of the block walls, or should I insulate between Read more

Q&A: Fastening Studs With Screws

Q: On a remodel job, I used screws to fasten studs and blocking in a non-bearing partition. An inspector told me that only nails, not screws, could be used in this application. Is this correct? Read more

Q&A: Costing and Tracking Software

Q: What’s the best accounting software for job costing and tracking for a remodeling company? Read more

Q&A: Installing Smoke Detectors

Q: There are no code requirements for smoke detectors in my area. What is the best type of smoke detector to buy, and where should they be located? Read more

Strictly Business: Get It in Writing

Writing letters could save you a heap of trouble Read more

Kitchen & Bath

Ergonomic file handle, LED flashlight, super ceiling fan, more Read more

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