December 2002 Table of Contents

Cost-Effective Marketing for Builders

A builder with a fast-growing business explains how co-op advertising provides the extra funds for a high-quality, high-volume marketing campaign. Read more

Cutting Barrel-Vault Rafters

This custom builder used a site-built jig to make quick work of cutting composite curved rafters. Read more

Detailing Laminate Flooring

A flooring contractor shares layout, installation, and trim tips for producing a professional-looking job. Read more

Installing A Skylight Installing A Skylight

Leak-free skylights start with careful attention to the manufacturer's directions, according to this veteran installer. Read more

Using A Volt-Ohm Meter

A master electrician describes how to trace wires, identify circuits, and diagnose common job-site electrical problems. Read more


Code copyrights questioned, research on radiant heating, Solar Decathlon, marketing wheat-straw board, union-funded home mortgages Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Building Barn Doors Q&A: Building Barn Doors

Q. I need to build three pairs of swinging barn doors to fit 8x7 openings. I'm looking for suggestions for a lightweight but sturdy door that won't fall apart. My approach was a sheet of 3/4-inch mdo with an applied 5/4 stile-and-rail effect. My main conc Read more

Q&A: Insulating a Foundation

Q. To turn a small outbuilding into a living space, I plan to pour a slab floor within the existing 4-foot frostwall foundation. How much and what kind of insulation should I use for the foundation, and where should I place it -- under the slab or next to Read more

Q&A: Building Details for Asthmatic Clients

Q. I'm building a custom home for clients who have asthma and allergies. What building details should I pay particular attention to? Read more

Q&A: Electric Radiant Heat for a Small Space

Q. I'm considering using electric radiant heating panels in the ceiling of a small superinsulated apartment, but I hear a lot of bias against electric heat. Can it be cost effective in this case? Read more

Strictly Business: Margin Math 101

How to determine your company's markup Read more

Legal Adviser: Is Speaking English a Valid Job Requirement?

Is speaking English a valid job requirement? Read more

Products Products

LED light bulbs, new tile backer, doorjamb reinforcer, garden window, undercounter computer kit, more Read more

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