May 2002 Table of Contents

A Simple Vaulted Ceiling

Attaching scribed OSB gussets to scissors trusses converts an angled cathedral ceiling to a graceful curve. Read more

Asphalt Shingle Q&A

A half-dozen industry experts provide answers you won't find printed on a bundle wrapper. Read more

Building a Deck Over Living Space

This contractor gets double duty from a flat roof using a carefully installed EPDM membrane and good flashing details. Read more

Indirect-Fired Water Heaters

In homes heated with a boiler, an indirect-fired tank can provide domestic hot water reliably and efficiently. A pair of industry experts explain what to look for. Read more

Ordering Ready-Mix Concrete

There’s more to concrete than water, cement, sand, and stone. An experienced batch plant manager talks about the admixtures that help you match the mix to the job. Read more

Visible-Beam Rotary Lasers

A veteran finish carpenter assesses fully automatic self-leveling lasers as well as some that require an initial manual leveling and some that rely entirely on manual leveling. Read more

Wood Composite Decking

Whether solid or hollow in section, these products promise durability and low maintenance without cracks or splinters. Read more


Cutting trusses, frost-protected posts, ERVs vs. HRVs, foil-faced foam, more Read more


Canadian softwood dispute, mysterious IGU failures, Ford ads attract ire of wood industry, site-built shear-wall details, DeWalt saw recall, Business Tune-Up, more Read more

By Design
Legal Adviser
Legal Adviser: Employee Substance Abuse

Dealing with employee substance abuse Read more

Kitchen & Bath

Contemporary range hoods, pro-duty ratchets, heat-loss calculator, time-saving floor finisher, laminate ceiling planks, carbide chop-saw blades, more Read more

Toolbox: A Versatile Tool for Extreme Demolition

Extreme demolition tool, heavy-duty cutoff saw Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: Low-Angle Block Planes

Low-angle block planes are among the few edge tools still used every day. Here's how six models compare for quality and performance. Read more

Tool Test: 8-1/4-Inch Circ Saws

If size matters, 8 1/4-inch circ saws are the way to go. We turned a veteran timber framer loose with two wormdrives and five sidewinders to find out which saws make the cut. Read more

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